We are marking the season of preparing for Christmas this year with a family study of the Names of Jesus that will go through Christmas day. Each day of the study, we will post a Bible reading with a Name of Jesus to direct our focus, ideas for discussion with your family, and an example SOAP from our team (this study is adapted from Karen Caroe’s study). This study also has a fun paper chain to make with your family (Click HERE).
Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Jesus Predicts His Death
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
The Way of the Cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
What does the word “Messiah” mean? How is Jesus the Anointed One? What does Jesus being the Messiah mean for us?
Messiah | Becky Newman
Jesus was having an intimate conversation with his disciples and was basically asking if they were believers. Peter’s response showed that he believed in who Jesus is. Jesus neither confirmed nor denied it, but that’s part of what the faith step of belief is for all of us. Jesus’ response was to not tell anyone (vs. 30)…yet, because his mission on earth — to earn eternal life for all believers — had not yet been fulfilled. If they had started spreading the word that the Messiah is here, the world would try to distract him from his mission thinking they know what needs to be fixed and how he could fix it. But God always knows better. Messiah means anointed or chosen one, and it’s whom the Israelites were waiting for, who’d been prophesied about for thousands of years.
My training as a scientist is why it was hard for me to have child-like faith initially. My proclamation of You as the Messiah cannot be a proven fact but must be a choice to believe, just like Peter did in this verse. By proclaiming Your Name with his mouth, he showed that he was a believer, taking up his cross and following Jesus. You are not limited to the laws of this world like science is. You are bigger and more awesome, which is a freeing thought to my scientific mind. Who do I say You are? I say You are the Messiah, my Savior and the Savior of the world.
Messiah, thank You for being my Savior. Your work on the cross is done now, so no more should we keep quiet about who You are. Help me to proclaim Your Name like Peter did.
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