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November 13, 2020, 10:52 AM

The Great Confession

Matthew 16:13-20

The Lord Jesus lived intentionally.  He did nothing by accident.  So when we read that he took His disciples to Caesarea of Philippi to ask them who He was, we should pause and ask why.  Why did Jesus use that geographical location?  Caesarea of Philippi was a gentile region.  It was a city named after Philip the Tetrarch.  It was a city of various religions.  It was at this location that Jesus wanted to make sure his disciples knew that there is only one true religion and only one way to God.  Jesus was the true King of this world.  Jesus was the only Savior.  The disciples answered Jesus' question by giving the various answers of the. crowds concerning Jesus.  Their answers, while insightful, were not as important as their personal response to Jesus.  Jesus asked them, "Who do you say that I am?"  (V15) Go back and read Matthew 16:1-4 before you go to the the next sentence in this devotion.  There is a subtle point that can be easily missed.  How did Peter come to know this truth about Jesus?  How did the religious leaders miss it?  Peter knew the truth about Jesus because it was revealed to Him. (17). The religious leaders saw the signs but didn't believe.  Peter's confession of faith is what the church will be built on. Jesus is teaching that the Church is a supernatural organization that receives her power not from what we do, but from Heaven itself.

Thankful Thoughts: Be thankful if the Spirit has revealed who Jesus is to you.