KEY VERSES: Matthew 16:13-20
(NRSV) Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea
Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that
the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the
Baptist, but others Elijah, and 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 Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus
answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For
flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my
Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and
on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of
Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you
the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind
on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose
on earth will be loosed in heaven." Then he sternly
ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the
KEY VERSE: Matthew 16:17
(NRSV) And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son
of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
but my Father in heaven.
PROMISE: Real blessing is given to those who receive
revelation from God; who hear the voice of God; who know who
RESPONSE: Willingness to listen and hear what God is
saying to me personally.
Jesus kept his identity as the Messiah a secret. He told his
disciples not to tell.
It took a special revelation for Peter to know who Jesus was and
to confess it with confidence. Peter heard and understood something
that only his heart could know and only if the heavenly Father
revealed it to him.
Jesus knew that Peter was blessed; that Peter had received significant
insight from heaven. Jesus listened to His Father with his heart and
now Peter did the same. Jesus was excited because he knew the kingdom
was built on this type of listening.
Let us take a moment to listen. Listen with your heart to what God is
saying to you. What “spoke to you” from today’s message? What stirred
your heart? What new insight came to you? What scripture seemed
especially important to you. In our time of silence listen to what God
is saying to your heart. Write it down. Meditate upon how God is
speaking to you. Give him time to speak to you.
copyright - George Hartwell, 2002, 2005
page - Rev. Richard J. Fairchild 2002 - 2005
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