In the writing process I often hit one revelation from twenty different angles. In the editing process I often have to pull out entire sections so as not to lose the reader. Below is one of the sections that was edited out, a B-side if you will, from my forthcoming book, Prone To Love. I know what you are thinking, "Thank God Jason has a blog so he can post these powerful b-sides." :-)
Who Do You Say That I Am
Jesus pressed his disciples asking, "And how about you? Who do you say I am?"
Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
Jesus responded, “…You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am.
Can you imagine how excited Jesus was about Peter’s revelation? Everywhere Jesus went, every breath He ever took, every smile, every tear, every gesture, every word was meant to reveal the Father. His life was an expression of the Fathers perfect love. But the disciples, and everyone else for that matter, never seemed able to really get it.
Then Peter has an encounter, a revelation. He describes Jesus, and meets His Dad!
What Jesus says next is amazing!
“And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are.”
Don’t miss this. Peter, in relationship with Jesus, meets the Father, and then is given his identity.
“ You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.”
Can you imagine? Peter is given his life’s purpose, a revelation of how the Father saw him and what he was created for.
Jesus wasn’t finished.
"And that's not all. You will have complete and free access to God's kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven." (Matthew 16:15-19)
Not only is Peter given his identity, he is given his inheritance. “No barriers Peter, no measurements. You will live from the measureless revelation of heaven. You will have all the authority I have Peter.”
“Keys to open any and every door.” Or you could say it this way, “Love trumps any and every need.”
If we want to know who we are, if we want to know what we are called to, if we want to know what we have access to, all we have to do is say yes to the perfection of His always good love.
One revelation of the Father brings more clarity regarding call, promise, identity, destiny, power and authority than a lifetime of bible study and good messages – “You didn't get this from a book or teachers…”
It’s always and only about His presence.
“Who do you say that I am?” It’s an invitation to encounter the Father. And it’s an invitation to discover identity and inheritance.
And it’s still being asked.
Jesus is still revealing the Father. He is still releasing the keys to any and every door. He is still empowering sons and daughters.
It’s His legacy…and its ours.