“And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, Who do the crowds say that I am?” (Luke 9:18 NKJV)
I am baffled by the marvels of God. So many people followed Jesus, witnessed His miracles and his teachings. Yet, many did not know who He was. God can perform “big” signs and wonders, and yet have a lasting impact in the small details of everyday lives.
The events surrounding Jesus’ life were an appointed time – meant to be and definitely filled with purpose. In this example, the good student Peter answered and was correct: Jesus Christ was before them even though most people did not realize it. Jesus commanded them to tell no one. He knew His purpose on Earth: to become the perfect living sacrifice for our sins. He knew he would suffer and be rejected, as this would lead to His persecution and death; thus fulfilling prophecy.
It was a combination of many little things surrounding Jesus’ life that made it possible for us to know the Kingdom of God today: His relationships with the disciples, the miracles that speak to us so long after His life, the confusion of the masses that knew of Him in that time.
I don’t concern myself with who the masses say that Jesus Christ is. I do not want the Lord to be ashamed of me when He comes in glory. Let us not be ashamed of Christ Jesus and His words. Let us appreciate and proclaim His words and the art of God’s design in everyday lives.