Title: Which Came First?
Text: Matthew 16:17
Thought for the Day:
When asked the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon has correctly answered that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus then tells Simon (Peter) that he is blessed. So, which came first, the right answer or the blessing? Did Simon receive the blessing because he answered correctly or did he answer correctly because he had been blessed? The verse goes on to show that Simon answered correctly because he had been blessed in the form of a revelation from God the Father that Jesus is the Christ. Without this revelation, Simon would have been left to speculate in his own strength, but with the revelation from God the Father through God the Spirit that God the Son is the Christ, he was able to answer correctly and truthfully concerning the identity of Jesus.
If you were asked the question, “Who do you say that Jesus is?” what would you answer? How do you know that you would answer correctly? Are you prepared to let others in on what you know about Jesus?
Pray through this Thought for the Day as the Spirit leads you in your heart and in your mind. Amen.