MUSINGS – March 27, 2019

Matthew 16:13-20
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They answered, “Some say you are John the Baptizer, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” Jesus replied, “Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! No human revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven revealed it to you. You are Peter, and I can guarantee that on this rock I will build my church. And the gates of hell will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you imprison, God will imprison. And whatever you set free, God will set free.” Then he strictly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Jesus congratulated Peter for his answer. However, Jesus gives no glory to Peter but the glory belongs to the Father for revealing the truth to him.

This set me io thinking that you and I don’t deserve any praise for “finding Jesus”. We didn’t seek him. He sought us. He stood at the door and knocked, persistently and insistently until we opened the door. If you haven’t opened the door and invited him in, let me encourage you tho swing that door wide, he comes bearing gifts.

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