Matthew 16:15-16 – He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (NASB)
Advent, in the Christian ecclesiastical calendar, is the season for observing and preparing for the Second Coming of Christ to this world.
As I observe this season of Advent, I am compelled to look at my own life — the example I project — and wonder about Jesus' return to earth.
Over 2000 years ago, a baby was born and placed in a manger, such a lowly bed for a King! People expected a warrior king, not a servant or the son of a simple carpenter. Some believed just that, and some believed that Jesus was a great prophet. And still others believed that He was a great teacher. They did not recognize Him for who He really was. When Peter was asked by Jesus, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered with confidence, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
And yet, people nailed Him to a cross, despite the many miracles He performed and the wisdom that He taught to the multitudes.
And I wonder, as I wander through this Advent season, "Will I recognize Him when He comes again?"
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, grant us wisdom and discernment as we study your Word. Teach us and guide us so that when Jesus comes again, we can respond with confidence, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Amen.