The most important thing about us is what comes into our mind when we think about God. Anything that is not true about God is a lie, and entertaining idolatrous thoughts is not something we should do. All of us must answer this pressing question every day: “Who do you say I am?” When Jesus submitted this question to the apostles, the conversation necessarily moved past cultural speculation and community rumors. They had to own what they’d begun to make of the Man before them. Peter answered rightly. Judas probably wouldn’t have said the same thing, even though both had lived and worked with Jesus for considerable time at that point.
Peter’s revelation required the Spirit of the LORD to illuminate what he’d already learned from Scriptures, the living Word of God. We must, therefore, come to everything written between Genesis to Revelation with the kind of humility, prayer, and fasting that Daniel did and submit ourselves to the Word of the LORD. It is only by this practice that we will be met by our Maker, who delights to put His Son on display.
Like the men on the road to Emmaus, our hearts can burn as He opens up all the Scriptures to us. And like John the Beloved in exile on Patmos, we can learn things about Jesus so new and revelatory that we might not recognize Him for a minute—even after decades of discipleship and obedience.
Father, thank You for Your Son. Thank You for Your Spirit to illuminate truth to my heart. Help me believe the truth about who You are.