4 October 2019 -Matthew 16:16-17 (NIV)

4 October 2019 -Matthew 16:16-17 (NIV)


16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.


I’ve written this before and I’ll state it again. The world loves to tell us who Jesus is. Some say he was a prophet, some say he was a good man with valuable words of wisdom, some proclaim him as God and some out right despise him. Whatever the case, there are birds chirping all around us trying to tell us or misinform us of who he is. But here Jesus invites us to look deeper, for ourselves, to find out who Jesus is. He is not interested in what others tell you who he is, He is interested in who you say He is. His invitation is personal and revelation is personal. I believe this is a question that he personally asks to every person who has ever lived in this world. Whether we believe him to be the Messiah or not is for us to own.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.


Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.

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Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.