Respect or reverence

Re:Verse reading–Matthew 16:13-26 (day two)  “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (vs 14)  There were many opinions.  Jesus was polling the disciples on the conclusions of the crowd.  For several months (Galilean ministry) they had all seen and heard remarkable things.  They had to make up their minds.  Most had come to respect Christ.  They compared Him to John the Baptist or one of the prophets.  It was not enough!  Not until Peter, speaking for all the disciples, confessed that Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” was the savior satisfied and the church born (cf vs. 18)  We should all remember.  It is possible to respect Jesus and fall short of the reverence due Him.  It is possible to support and still not surrender to Him as God.  Danger!  To go “part of the way” with Christ is to not arrive at all.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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