Christ Alone

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:27-30

[Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” (v. 29)

As I write this in the month of October 2017, many Christians are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg, Germany, beginning a new age in the life of the church of Jesus Christ.

Something even more momentous than that happened in Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked the disciples who they thought he was. Peter answered without hesitation, “You are the Christ.” That statement and the rest of the New Testament led to the Reformers to confess the five “solas” (alones): Scripture alone, Christ alone, faith alone, grace alone, and for the glory of God alone. These five “alones” quickly became standards for churches and individuals who seek to honor and glorify our gracious God who has shown himself to us through faith in Jesus Christ alone as revealed in the Scriptures.

The previous sentence is certainly a mouthful, but its words encompass the greatness of what we call the gospel. Not that Peter was such a genius. He wasn’t! But as Jesus points out in Matthew’s version of this encounter, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 16:17). How grateful we should be that God has revealed to us who Jesus really is! May Jesus Christ alone always be central to our testimony.

—John Koedyker

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for Christ alone, our Savior from sin and death. Hallelujah! Amen!