who do you say I am?
Then He asked them, "But who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."- Matthew 16:15-16
Tomorrow is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. This is a great weekend to consider this question every one of us will answer. Who do you say Jesus is?
If He would ask you, what would you say? Who is He to you?
Our own misconceptions, guilt, frustrations, and struggles can cause us to have an inaccurate view of God. Experiences often dictate what we think of Him. Are they good thoughts or are they bad thoughts? Is He good? Events and circumstances in a temporary world may not be the best measure of our eternal Father.
Consider Good Friday. Jesus predicted He would be going to the Cross multiple times in His ministry. In John 15, Jesus explains there is no greater love than lay down your life for your friends. Then, He did it…for you and for me.
This is a great day to ponder how much it means to be a child of God. In my search to know more of my Father’s heart, I am continually amazed at the depth of His unfailing love.
Consider God’s eternal nature. From Old Testament to the New Testament, we see God redeeming His people.
“O LORD, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.” – Psalm 86:5
These are David’s words. David knew God was ready to forgive. This was not based on David’s performance, but on the nature of God’s unfailing love.
Consider the father in Jesus’ story of the prodigal son. Jesus used this story to illustrate God’s love for us.
The father’s response, to his youngest squandering half his fortune, is merely a father looking down a road, for his boy to come home. Seeing his lost boy one day, the father runs to him, thrilled to have him home. There’s no reprimand, or deal worked out to repay the fortune. The father simply throws a party, to celebrate the return of his son.
“At any moment of the sad history of the prodigal, had he returned, he would have found his old father as ready to forgive as the day, too long delayed, when he did return… You have fallen a hundred times, and are ashamed to come to God again; it seems too much to expect that He will receive you again. But He will, for He is ready to forgive.” – F. B. Meyer
The verse from Psalm 86, and hundreds more like it, testifies to our Father’s steadfast love. Jesus’ story of the prodigal affirms the heart of God for us.
Friends, it is possible for our own discouragement or disappointment to cast a shadow on our Heavenly Father’s unfailing love for us. We may need to deconstruct some of our views of our Father and replace them with truth, from His Word.
This weekend take a moment to gaze at the Cross and remember what Jesus did for us. It is a great time to reconsider who we say Jesus is.