"You Are the Christ"

Tim Brown

READ : Mark 8:27-38

Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” (v. 29, NIV)

When, through the Apostles’ Creed, we confess our faith in Jesus Christ, we are enjoined to confess him both as Jesus (referring to his saving work in history) and as the Christ (referring to his sovereign rule over us in time and eternity). Neither can be separated from the other because he is each and both. We thought yesterday of his saving purposes. Now today we consider his reigning purposes. Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ, and he said so in the shadow of the world’s reigning religion in Caesarea Philippi. But how does he reign over us? The Heidelberg Catechism tells us it’s “by his Word and Spirit” (Question and Answer 31). Acknowledging Christ’s reign requires us to daily open his Word and to humbly follow his rule in all things.

There is a scene in the children’s story, Prince Caspian, from the Chronicles of Narnia, where one of the children sees Aslan, the great Lion and Christ-figure, for the first time after a very long time. Startled by his grandeur the child exclaims, “Oh Aslan, you are bigger!” The lion responds, “No child, I am not. You are older. . . . Every year you grow you will find me larger still.” May this be true of us all.

PRAYER

Living God, we bless you for your Son, our Savior and our Lord. Amen.