What Jesus Did! 'Christ, Son of God!' — Matthew 16:15-16

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Then [Jesus] asked [his disciples], "But who do you say I am?"

Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

— Matthew 16:15-16 NLT

Key Thought

Peter's answer is simple but profound: ""You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Effectively, he was saying, "You are 'The One' God has promised for all these years. This is what I believe!"

Salvation today still hinges on fully relying on Jesus as our Savior. There is no one else on whom salvation can depend. The central issue in our lives then becomes whether or not we truly believe that Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the Son of God and whether or not we live our lives differently from the world because of that faith!

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, how can I ever begin to thank you for sending Jesus?! Help me live with him as Lord over all of my life. In Jesus' mighty name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 20:30-31
  • Acts 16:29-34
  • 1 John 3:23


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Illustration of Matthew 16:15-16 NLT — Then [Jesus] asked [his disciples], "But who do you say I am?"

Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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