August 21
‘Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.’ Isaiah 29:13b
Bible reading: Matthew 16:13-20 (Go to the Bible passage)
Most people had formed their own opinion about Jesus. Jesus Himself was not interested at all in these opinions, still He asked His disciples the question Who they thought He was. Why? Because He looked forward to the moment that among His followers that one testimony would be revealed, namely, the testimony about Him that they needed to receive from heaven.
Only a few joyful moments of Jesus are described, but when Peter put this testimony into words, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!’ then Jesus responded joyfully. ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven!’
Our opinion about Jesus will not change the world, but when we ask God Who Jesus really is, then we receive an answer like Peter received from Him. And then the world might be shaken to its very foundations! For not the testimony about Jesus that we adopted from previous generations, but the testimony of the Holy Spirit in our own hearts is the rock on which only the Lord Himself can build His church.
The church that was built on human traditions will be destroyed more and more, but the church that is built on the testimony given from heaven (:16) will not be overcome by the gates of Hades.
We do not belong to the living church and we will remain powerless if we want to imprint in others that Jesus is supposed to be the Christ. In the passage of today we read that Jesus, actually, forbade His disciples to do so (:20). But if we worship Jesus in the Spirit and in truth, then we ourselves become the ‘living stones’ with which Jesus builds His church, also in our time!
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