The question hung in the air like a thick morning fog. Imagine the complete silence and the small crowd around Jesus looking stupefied and too scared or uncertain to speak. They didn’t know what to say in response to the Lord’s question, “Who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15.
Then as though some invisible hand had flipped a switch bringing him into perfect awareness, Simon Peter’s head shot up. He looked Jesus in the eye and responded: “You are the Christ, the Son of God” (v.16). Peter got it right.
Calling Jesus “Christ” and “God’s Son” was a big deal in Biblical times. Such a statement led to death of many brave believers, as the Jewish and Roman authorities persecuted Christians who were willing to take a stand for their faith. Even those who walked side by side with Jesus and excitedly took part in His ministry would be taking a huge risk to call Him “Christ.”
Isn’t it interesting that today’s church often has the opposite problem? Many people are quick to exclaim: “Jesus is Lord!” but then fail to go about His work and His Ministry.
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