Monday, March 6th, 2017
Matthew 16 (Part 11)
The Confession Of Christ
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, 'Who do people say that the Son of Man is?' And they said, 'Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'
Matthew 16:13-16 (NASB)*
Because Peter was a stepper-outer,* he became Christ's #1 disciple. Often he was the first to move or speak, as in declaring his unworthiness, leaving all he had known to follow Him,** walking on the water after Christ did, speaking up at His transfiguration, offering ideas (both good and bad), jumping from a boat at their reunion... and confessing Jesus as Messiah.
By all accounts, Peter was a bold man. Although he made some notable mistakes, he also showed notable contrition - and even more notable devotion. As champions say, 'Go big or go home.' Therein, Peter spent the rest of his life affirming the Savior he thrice denied.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are commissioned to confess Christ: not in a smug, superior way; not in an argumentative way; not in a condemnatory way; not like a slap on a pagan's face; not like a Pearl cast before mean pigs...
But in a gentle, confident Way: a Way that doesn't need to be loud; a Way that deflates persecution; a Way that invites lonely people; a Way that calls wandering lambs home... to a Name with unequaled power: a power known by humility.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In great scenes, timing is everything. The world's most heralded performers embrace pauses and rise up in gaps. They're situationally aware and look for good opportunities to communicate effectively to an appreciative audience.
All that being said, don't shrink away from God's leading to announce your Hope. Instead, pay close heed to His Spirit. He will prompt you when to state His case.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion: Why Peter? http://amtcdevotions.org/why-peter; 'Go away from me Lord; I am a sinful man!' (Luke 5:8).
** 'As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow Me,' Jesus said, 'and I will send you out to fish for people.' At once they left their nets and followed Him' (Matthew 4:18-20).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Matthew 16 series.