Sunday, August 28, 2016

Recognizing Jesus

“‘But what about you?’ [Jesus] asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’”  --Matthew 16:15-16

One day while I was walking Lexi a young girl asked me, “That’s a Rottweiler, right?” Lexi is half Rottweiler. She has a Rottweiler’s distinctive brown and black coloring with the brown spots over her eyes. On the other hand, she has a longer muzzle and a narrower face than a Rottweiler and a white belly, unlike a full Rottie. She doesn’t look exactly like a Rottweiler. I was impressed that the girl recognized Lexi. When Jesus puts this question to Simon Peter—“Who am I?”—Peter answers, “The Messiah.” Others had guessed John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or another prophet (Matthew 16:14). Jesus was working miracles and preaching the coming of God’s kingdom. On the other hand, he wasn’t stirring up opposition or leading a rebellion. He didn’t look exactly like the Messiah the Jewish people hoped for. But Peter recognized Jesus. Do we? When we walk in faith, we glimpse Christ in the people we meet (2 Corinthians 13:5). When we walk with God, we see the Son in the light that other people shine (Matthew 5:16). The Savior may not look exactly like we expected—but we can recognize Him.

 Dear God, Help me recognize Jesus when I walk in faith. Amen

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