Tag: Jesus is the Christ
Scripture reading for January 22nd: Matthew 16, Psalm 16, Prov. 16
Key Scriptures: Matthew 16:13-17 “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus had been with His disciples for some time and they had beheld the miracles and heard His wisdom. He had created a buzz among all who had met Him. Asking His disciples who the people said He was, there was a variety of answers. Then He asked them directly who they thought He was. Simon Peter spoke out in simplicity of faith, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus commended Peter, telling him that His answer came from the Father.
Faith’s Confession: Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Christ, Son of the Living God, my Savior. (Action step: If you have never confessed Jesus as Lord and Christ, do so today. Make it personal and from your heart!) Your Father in Heaven is drawing you because He love you.
Psalm 16:1-2 “Preserve me, O God, for in You I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.” vs 16 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Scripture reading for May 29th: Acts 18
Paul had left Athens and went on to Corinth. There he joined up with Jewish believers Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who were tent-makers like he was. Paul devoted himself to preaching exclusively to the Jews, proclaiming Jesus as the Christ. This caused dissension and the Jews became abusive. Paul shook out his clothes and warned them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (Acts 18:6)
Paul moved his preaching base to a home in Corinth and had many converts who were baptized. “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid: keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.” (Acts 18:9-11)
The Holy Spirit brought a vision to Paul on this missionary journey. This vision gave some specific instructions. First of all, Paul was not to be afraid of any opposition or persecution that might come his way. The Lord promised that he would be kept safe! He also told Paul to keep on preaching! This was no time to be silent or shrink back or even to move on to another field! God had many more people that would be reached in this city where he was now placed.
Are you worried about persecution or opposition? Do you keep silent when you know the Good News is needed? Let this Scripture and vision to Paul encourage you today to be bold and strong! Fear not! Open your mouth and share the Gospel! God will bring in the harvest!