Choose Life

Jan. 23, 2021

Scripture Readings

When we look around us, we see that there are some people who refuse to acknowledge reality. There are thousands of people dying from a very dangerous disease, and some people refuse to admit that the disease exists. More than that, the disease is seen as a cover-up for a conspiracy by government. The ability of people to disbelieve truth is hard to fathom. The same could be said of God. Many people refuse to admit that God exists. The psalmist in Psalm 14 states that the fool does not acknowledge God. Even God looking down on earth can see no one righteous (vs. 2-3). Without acknowledging God, people have no moral compass. They are without guidance in choosing right from wrong. 

In Matt. 16 the Sadducees and Pharisees come to test Jesus with a question. They wanted a sign. The only sign Jesus gives them is that of Jonah. Jonah effectively rose from the dead to preach to Ninevites. He was in the belly of a great fish for three days. (Not many can say they came alive out of a fish.) When Jonah preached, people listened. The region of Caesarea Philippi where Jesus was walking (v. 13) was full of pagan gods. There were Syrian Baals, a cave where Pan, the god of nature, was said to have been born; and a temple dedicated to Caesar, who was seen as god of the Romans. These pagan gods were rivals for worship. Jesus asks his disciples to say who people think he is. Their responses are typical of most devout Jews – Elijah, John the Baptist and other prophets. At the very least, people thought he was a prophet. This was much better than the pagan gods. Jesus then makes his question personal – who do the disciples think he is? Peter declares that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, in essence, the Messiah. Peter’s answer was inspired by God himself. Jesus was more than a prophet. He was and is God’s son. He brings peace and life to the world because of his death and resurrection. Do not be a fool and ignore God’s truth and life in front of you. Choose life!

Esther Jones

An aspiring writer who’s trying to get a book published in her free time!