“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” What does Peter’s statement mean? For Peter and the disciples it meant that in Jesus the Promises of God were being fulfilled. Even though the prophecy Jesus made concerning his Messiahship was not in accordance with their understanding of God’s promise to raise up a King who would save God’s People from oppression, they continued to follow Him. After the Resurrection the disciples began to understand the universal scope of Jesus’ messiahship and the eternal consequences of placing their hope and faith in the Son of the living God.

Their daily lives continued to be filled with challenges, just as ours are. However, like them, we are not overwhelmed by these challenges because we know that we are not alone. The simple prayer, “Jesus I need your help”, opens the door of our heart to the One who loves us always. This intimate relationship with the Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, is built upon that rock foundation expressed by the Apostle Peter when he was moved to say, “Jesus you are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Faith in Jesus Christ is the rock foundation for daily life. Thanks be to God!

Bible Reading: Matthew 16:16, 21-22; Philippians 4:4-7.