March 11, 2020
Today's devotion is based on Matthew 16:13-16. "Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
The question we must all answer is, "Who is Jesus?" While it is true that since he was born of a woman, he is 100% human just like you and I. It is also true that he is 100% God. I know you can not be 100% twice, but with God, as we are told in God's Word, "Nothing is impossible.
Jesus is God in the flesh, and in that flesh, Jesus laid aside his Godhood to live as we do, to be tempted as we are. While we look at the pros and cons of temptation when they come upon us, which is sinning, Jesus did not.
He did not sin, for, Jesus, in his humanness, perfectly trusted in God the Father and did not weigh the pros and cons of the temptations that came upon him. Thus he did not sin. This sinless being, then willingly took on to himself all human sin, so that in his receiving God the Father's punishment, we will be declared innocent on Judgment Day.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: I thank you, Jesus, that you came to be one of us, doing what we cannot do. Thank you for bearing our sin on the cross so that on Judgment Day, those who confess that you are the Christ, the Son of God will be judged righteous. Help us to know and trust that you are who you say you are so that we do not turn away from you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.