September 29
Matthew 16:13-20

Peter gets it right

One day, Jesus asked His disciples and important question: “Who do people say that I am?”

His disciples answered, “Some say You are John the Baptist, others say You are Elijah. Then there are those who say that You are Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

“What about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

“You are blessed, Peter,” Jesus said. “This truth was not shown to you by a person, but by the Father in heaven. You are Peter [the rock], and on this rock I will build my church; and not even the evil of hell itself will be able to stand against it.”

Was Jesus a prophet?

If someone told you that Jesus was just a good man, or that He was a prophet, would you agree?

We know that Jesus was good. In fact, He was sinless! But was Jesus a prophet? A prophet is someone who hears a message directly from God and tells people what God said. Old Testament prophets often did miracles and told of things that would happen in the future. When something did happen as they said it would, it showed that their message was truly from God.

In some ways, Jesus was a prophet. He spoke the Word of God; He did many miracles; and He told us of things that would happen in the future.

However, Jesus was not just a prophet. He is the Son of God! All the other prophets died and were buried: Jesus lives forever and sits at the right side of God the Father.

Verse for today

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…. Hebrews 1:1-2