“In Matthew’s gospel,” Stan began, “Jesus presented what I think is the most important one-question test in history.”
“Wow,” I responded. “That’s quite a statement. What was the question?”
“Jesus asked His disciples, ‘But who do you say that I am?’”
Continuing, Stan said, “Not only was that the most significant question for His disciples then, it is the most important question a person can be asked right now. Get the answer right and you’re all set. Get it wrong and you are also set, but not the way God wants.”
“Did the disciples get it right?” I asked.
“Matthew only records what Peter said, and, yes, he got it right. He said that Jesus is the Christ.”
“Following Peter’s statement,” Stan continued, “Matthew records something that seems to me to be just about as significant as the question.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“Jesus told Peter that he was blessed by God to have had the right answer. It wasn’t something Peter came up with on his own. God blessed him with the right answer.”
“And,” Stan continued, “I consider myself to have been blessed in the same way. God blessed me by opening me to see and to accept the truth that Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer who accomplished for me what I could never have known or accomplished on my own.”
“In addition,” Stan said, “I consider myself to be blessed to be kept on this side of eternity so that I can grow in an ever-deepening knowledge of God.”
“The More I know God, the more I know.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 16:15-17.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with the right answer when you asked “Who do you say I am?” Thank you for opening me to see and to accept the truth and to have the assurance of life eternally with you when my time here is done. Thank you also for the truth of what you have for me to be and to do on this side of eternity in knowing you ever more deeply while I wait to step into eternity. Please help me to help others have the right answer. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.