God’s gift to us is too wonderful for words with no strings attached. A gift is not a gift unless it is accepted. God has given you His Son, but ownership is conditional on acceptance. God does not force His gift on us, but He asks us to receive by faith the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. A person who deliberately refuses God’s offer of love, mercy, and forgiveness is lost. Most people gratefully receive a gift when given in love. The greatest sin that a person can commit is to refuse God’s love.
Luke 9:20 “Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
No matter what the world might think of him — whether it is Herod or the crowd or the enemies of Jesus — Jesus’ real concern was that his disciples know. He would leave his mission in their hands. They would be called upon to put their lives on the line. They would be called to move from being merely followers to becoming followers who were leaders, mentors, and guides for thousands of others. Peter answers for them: “You are the Messiah sent from God!” Who is Jesus to you? Is he your Messiah, the gift sent from God to save you? If not, what stands in your way?