I have never been good at math. And, I mean “Never.” I struggled with math all the way through school. When I was in the 12th grade, I had only made it to geometry. I had to beg my geometry teacher to pass me just so that I could graduate. Thank Goodness, he did pass me. I explained to him that it just wasn’t my thing! Anyway, I do remember that when I did understand a math problem and could do it, the bells and whistles would go off! I would have a huge “Ah Ha” moment! I would get so excited! Everything would become clear and I understood how I arrived at the answer that I got.
In Matthew 16:13-20, Jesus questions the disciples about who do people say that the Son of Man is. They respond, “Some say John the Baptist, or Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets” (v.13). Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter responds, “The Messiah!” (v.14). Peter responds in a very matter-of-fact way! But, how does he know that for certain? How did he arrive at this moment of clarity? And, was it an “Ah Ha” moment for him? Notice that Jesus says, “For flesh and blood has not revealed this you, but my Father in heaven” (v.17). Peter only knows who Jesus truly is through God! This understanding of who Jesus is – the Messiah, the Son of Man can only be obtained through a relationship with God!
Let us pray…Gracious God, only You can reveal the Christ to us. This something that we cannot do on our own. Help us to be in relationship with you so that every day it becomes clearer and clearer to us who Jesus is – Your Son! Amen.