Sometimes we get what we wanted most without realizing it. That longed for thing comes in a fashion you did not expect, and it takes a while to see it for what it is–or Who He is. The Jews longed for nothing more than their promised Messiah. He would finally deliver them from external, oppressive rulers and reestablish them in their Land, under God’s Rule–David’s Son, finally on the throne, forever. But, what did that have to do with Jesus? He was before their eyes, and they did not see Him. And for us, is Jesus what we really need most, even if He is not what we expected?
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
“Jesus responded, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven.”
(Matthew 16:13-17 –CSB)
After a pop quiz, tests are checked, and grades given. Jesus gave Peter an A+ on his short yet eternally significant exam. Jesus asked His disciples “who do you say that I am?” and Peter delivered, with God-given insight and world-changing truth: “You are the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Today, we’ll peer into the first part of Peter’s powerful, provocative proclamation: Jesus, the self-described Son of Man, is the Christ! What did that mean to them? What should that mean for us?
Jesus, the Christ (ὁ χριστὸς), is God’s:
Uniquely Anointed Sent One: tasked, empowered, Messiah
A Son of Abraham (Genesis 15; 17:6-8; Galatians 3:16-18; Romans 4)
The Son of David (2 Samuel 7:8-16; Matthew 1:1-18; Mark 10:46-52)
The Son of God (Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:1-14; 3:16; 1 John 4, 5)
“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
(John 20:30, 31 –NIV)
Jesus fulfilled all their true needs. He can ours, too. (Colossians 1:25-27)
It is our turn to wait, for His Second Coming (Acts 1; Revelation 20-22; 2 Peter). Then it will be said, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15 –NIV)
Until then, seek, serve, share God’s King (Matthew 25; 28;18-20; Luke 1:32, 33) “. . . seek first his kingdom and his righteousness . . .” (Matthew 6:33). Because, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and everytongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord . . .” (Philippians 2:10-11 –NIV)