Title: What Do They Say?
Text: Matthew 16:13-14
Thought for the Day:
Caesarea Philippi was named for Caesar. How ironic that Jesus, God the Son who has become a man, enters the region named for Caesar, the man who desired to be god. The identity of Jesus is the subject of conversation as He asks His disciples to tell Him what the people are saying about Him. Who do the people think that Jesus is? The response of the disciples is that the people are saying that He is John the Baptist, or Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. It’s interesting to note that the people, though not understanding fully, knew that Jesus was not just an ordinary man. They knew there was something special, something anointed and powerful about Him.
Is the uniqueness of Jesus Christ clearly visible in the life of your church? Is the power of Christ showing itself in the everyday ministries of the church, or is the anointing of Jesus as the Messiah more doctrinal than practical? If we were to ask the people who live near your church who Jesus is, based on what they have seen of Him through your church, what would they say?
Pray through this Thought for the Day as the Spirit leads you in your heart and in your mind. Amen.