Today is the twenty-sixth day of the Lent season. The Messiah - Who is it? The Hebrew word "The Messiah" when translated into English becomes "the anointed One" and is often used interchangeably in English Bibles with the name "Christ." For centuries, the Jewish people have anticipated the coming of the Messiah, the "One who would restore the fortunes of Israel, liberating the nation from foreign oppression and extending His rule over Gentile nations."1
In today's lesson Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was. Peter answered Jesus saying “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus said only the Father could have revealed that to him, and that Jesus would build his church on Peter as the rock.
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for loving us and sending Jesus, the Messiah, the promised one in the Old Testament, and our Saviour and King. Thank you for being the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.
5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.
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6 “I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed."
1 "The LORD says to my lord:[a]
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”
Psalm 110:1 Or Lord
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:35 Psalm 110:1
Matthew 16:13-20 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 "When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah."
Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
Matthew 16:18 That is, the realm of the dead
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
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The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com