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Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah(A)
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
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.”(D)
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood,(E) but by my Father in heaven.(F) 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a](G) and on this rock I will build my church,(H) and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys(I) 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.”(J) 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone(K) that he was the Messiah.
We thank you for your amazing love for us. You loved us past all of our faults, sins, and imperfections. You gave to us the most precious gift of your Son, who dwelt with us and gave us an example of how to live and how to love. Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith and whom we stand on firmly. We say that no matter what is happening around us, Jesus you are Lord. Use us in this world to help make the world a better place. Let us always boldly proclaim the TRUTH of who you are, Lord. Use us for your glory. In Jesus name, Amen. Rev. Marcia Davis