Friday, January 1, 2021

Matthew 16:13, 15-16 NIV 2011

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

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

After Jesus fed the four thousand, Matthew recorded His time spent north of the Sea of Galilee, in Caesarea Philippi. A shrine to the Greek god Pan was located in this pagan region. Jesus questioned his disciples regarding His identity after asking how others said whom He was. Peter unequivocally answers with the Hebrew word, “Messiah” meaning “anointed one.” Jesus was anointed by God to rescue His people. Though Jesus did not use the term Messiah, he accepted the name with reservation because of its political nature. Jesus Christ is the Messiah who was sent to save God’s people.

2020 is history and 2021 enfolds before us. Each of us can begin the New Year with our hope anchored in Jesus Christ. His love for us does not change from one year to the next. He is the constant we can trust who holds on when the winds of change blow through our lives. I recently saw a picture of an outstretched hand holding another just above the wrist revealing we don’t have the strength to hold on to Him. Jesus Messiah came to save and hold onto His people.

How’s He holding us?

Jesus holds us together daily,


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