When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Good, Better, Best
Jesus asked his disciples an important question. They responded with what could be considered a good answer—one of the prophets. It would have been an honor to be considered one of those powerful figures of the past. They also offered an even better answer when they said, John the Baptist or Elijah. If Jesus were one of them, he would either have come back from the dead, or returned to this life following his departure without seeing death.
Jesus then asked his disciples a second, more specific question, “Who do you say I am?” Without hesitation Peter declared, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This was the best answer, and it is the one I need to have.
To confess Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God is to believe what the Bible says is true. Along with the foundation this truth provides, there are the added blessings which flow from confessing Jesus is the Christ. There is the removal of guilt and sin. There is the victory over death and the devil. There is the unshakable confidence of heaven. These are mine through this clear confession. Still there is more. There is strength in times of temptation. There is peace in times of turmoil. There is help in every distress. All these I daily need, and all these Jesus provides as the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Sure, I could agree with some who believe Jesus is a wise and moral teacher. I could agree with still others who believe he is an important figure in history. While these answers may be good, and probably better than many, they are not the best. God has led me to know and confess Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is my Savior.
Heavenly Father, you have revealed Jesus to be your Son. Give me the faith I need to put my confidence in him, and without hesitation confess he is my Savior and my God. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions