“But what about you?’ He asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ.” – Mark 8:29
After Jesus had done many miracles in Bethsaida and beyond, He asked the disciples who they knew Him to be. Peter’s response of “You are the Christ”, demonstrated that he was able to recognize that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people.
Yet another miracle that Jesus presented, is that the extension of grace, hope and salvation is available to ALL who believe, rather than just those who are of Jewish decent. His hands stretched out on the cross reached far beyond Golgotha and the disciples. When Jesus willingly went to the cross, He did so for every heart that would call Him King, and come into a relationship with He who redeems all who repent, from then until the day of His return.
Peter’s words were far more powerful than he could have known. His spirit knew beyond what his heart and mind could hold, and his words worked way into his heart in a powerful way, as he ultimately went on to spend his remaining years sharing of all that our Savior had done, and offered hope to those who had none.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are who You say You are. You have proven again and again that though You are known by many names, You are the One and only God. You are: Almighty, Beloved, Christ, Deliverer, Everlasting, Faithful, God, Hope, Immanuel, Jesus, King, Lord, Majesty, Near, Omnipotent, Prince of Peace, Quick to come near, Redeemer, Savior, Truth, Understanding, Victorious, Willing, eXcellent, Yahweh, and Zealous for all whom You love. Forgive us for not granting You the proper place in our hearts and lives, and lead us to return the reigns to You. Be Lord of our lives, Lover of our souls, and lead us unto life everlasting in You. Teach us to follow the path You place before us, so that many may come to know You as Christ. May our lives be a sweet song of praise unto You. Amen.