When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:13-15)
We think we know people. We think we know them really well.
Sometimes, we do.
Other times, we find that we do not.
The same held true for the disciples.
They chattered away about Jesus. Some of them were sure that He was John the Baptist. Some thought He might be Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.
Jesus knew that His followers were talking about Him.
So, He asked those closest to Him who they thought He was.
Peter would go on to exclaim that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God.
And Jesus would commend His answer.
However, we would find out a short time later that Peter’s definition of the Messiah was entirely different from the one Jesus was embracing.
Even when Peter thought he knew the Lord, he really did not.
In our own lives, we think that we have come to know the Lord. However, we often come to know Him based solely upon our own set of wants and needs. We find out that we do not actually know Him, we know a personalized version of Him that may or may not be accurate.
We need to do all that we can to attempt to come to know the Lord solely for who He is.
FAITH ACTION: In quiet prayer this day, ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you more fully than He has ever done before.