Reading: Matthew 16: 16-20
Verse 16: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
As we continue along on our faith journey, we come to know Jesus Christ more and more as our faith develops and matures. We come to know Jesus in various dimensions: friend, shepherd, redeemer, healer, restorer, protector, and so on. He comes to be all things to each believer. The longer we walk with Jesus, the longer our list becomes. If we were asked the question “Who do you say I am?” today and then again in a month, our answer might be different. Yet no matter our need or where we are at in life, ultimately our answers all tie back to Peter’s confession: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”.
As the Son of the living God, Jesus embodies God’s character. Central to that character is love. Above all else, love arches over everything. It is God’s unending love for you and me that first drew us into relationship with Him. It is through this love that we experience grace. Grace is God’s undeserved, unmerited free gift of forgiveness. Because grace is built upon God’s love it is also unending. Love is at the core of all Jesus is for us. He guides us out of love. He redeems us out of love. He heals us out of love. He ___ out of love…
Once we begin to understand the depth of Jesus’ love for us, we begin to sense the call to share this gift with others. As we go forth and share this love, it grows in us. So this day, whether in word or action or deed, may each of our lives join Peter in declaring Jesus Christ the Son of the living God.