I love the song “You Are/You Are Lord” by the Hillsong Music Team Australia and my favourite part of the song is the part that was inspired by Matthew 16:16. It says, “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. This scripture to me is the foundation of our walk with God and it is important for us to understand why we should ask ourselves the question Jesus asked the disciples “Who do you say I am?” He was not asking because he felt like giving them a quick quiz or he just wanted to hear them speak but because he wanted to know if they had a clear understanding of whom he was and his purpose for coming to the earth. Jesus knew that his time was near and he was leaving his entire ministry in their hands. The reasonable thing to do was to ask them if they knew him, hence Simon Peter’s answer. Let’s analyze it.
Peter says that he thinks Jesus is the Christ. This means that Jesus was the Messiah that God had promised in the Old Testament, the Messiah who was going to take away the sins of the world. The One who was going to be the source of our salvation. The last part of the answer is that He was the Son of the Living God. This means that he is not just the son of a god (like Hercules, son of Zeus) but that he is the Son of the One True God, who is not only living but he is the source of life for everybody who exist.
Do we know the God we serve? Do we know that he answers our prayers even before we ask them? Do we know that he has most things figured out already before we even ask? Do we really know him? Think about it
By Harry Itie
From YADA November 2009
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