“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ ” (Matthew 16:12-16, Holy Bible, New King James).

Jesus canvassed his disciples with a public opinion poll. His question, “Who do people think I am?” They named prominent prophets. Then Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?”

Peter spoke with boldness. “You are the Christ,” echoes through history as a great affirmative, a personal declaration of the deity of Jesus.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, while people everywhere argue about whether you were just a good man, a teacher, a prophet, or just a legend, I stand with Apostle Peter to declare that You are the Christ. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

hands“Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, ‘Who do men say that I am?’ So they answered, ‘John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered and said to Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” (Mark 8:27-29, Holy Bible, New King James).

Opinion surveys are effective in local issues. Online surveys assess consumer habits. Instructors distribute printed surveys at the close of workshops and seminars to determine if the experience met the teacher’s expectations. When Jesus asked for public opinion, His disciples replied with a variety of responses. When Jesus asked for personal understanding, Peter had the correct answer, “You are the Christ.”

Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for asking me this same question. Like Peter, I know You are the Messiah. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

“For there is born to you this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger,” (Luke 2:11-12, Holy Bible, New King James).

    Shepherds keeping their flocks safe in the night received an unexpected visit from an angel who announced the arrival of Jesus. After being serenaded by a host of heavenly beings, the shepherds hurried to Bethlehem (verse 16) where they “found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” The long-awaited Messiah had arrived! Shepherds recognized the Savior the angel described. They knew they had come to the right place.

        Prayer : Welcome Lord Jesus. I recognize You as my Savior. I’ve made room for You in my heart.
        Devotion by Violet Carr Moore