27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Reflect and Pray:
The question could be asked of each of us, “Who do we say Christ is?” Peter’s definition of “messiah” is usually the one we prefer. Peter, us, and a lot of others want a strong God, a God who heals our illnesses, provides ample prosperity, guarantees our security, urges our military and sports teams onto victory, and generally keeps us happy, healthy, and wise.
But that’s not what Jesus offers. Instead, Jesus points to a God who meets us in vulnerability, suffering, and loss. A God who meets us in those moments when we really need God, when all we had worked for, hoped for and striven for falls apart and we realize that we are, quite simply, mortal, incapable of saving ourselves and desperately in need of a God who meets us where we are.
God shows up just where we least expect God to be. Which means that we don’t get the God we want, but instead the God we need. A God that is small enough for our understanding isn’t big enough for what we really need. Who is Jesus to you today?