Matthew 16:13 – Ole Hallesby

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For Friday July 1, 2022:


Matthew 16:13 (NKJV)
“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

Yes, you have either read or heard it, have you not?

Some say that He never existed. Everything that has been written about Him is only hearsay and myth.

Others says: Yes, He did live. That fact has been so well authenticated historically that no person of sound mind can doubt it. But He was no God-Man. He was a human being such as we are; He was born as we are and He died as we do. His remains are in an unknown grave near Jerusalem.

Others again say: Jesus was the great religious superman. He stood in a relationship to God in which no one else has ever stood, and He lived for His fellow beings as no other person has ever done. His shining purity, His indomitable courage in telling the truth, His willingness to sacrifice and to suffer make Him the self-authenticated leader of the human race in morals and religion. He is the unattained ideal of all human generations, one whom we all should follow, one who will lead us all to God. But He was not God and did not pretend to be. His well-meaning friends are the ones who have made a God of Him.

Still others say: No, the Biblical record is true. The words of Jesus shall stand though heaven and earth pass away. But in their hearts and by their lives they do not speak thus. Jesus is not the main character in their daily life. They never mention His name except in swearing and cursing. They drink, commit adultery, defraud, and steal.

Strange! Yes, is it not strange that the Son of God came in such a form that opinions about Him can be so divided? We would rather have thought that when the Son of God came to our earth He would have come in such a way that there could be no division of opinion regarding Him.

But in this, too, we see the Humiliated One. His form was to be such that people could find an occasion of stumbling in Him.

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, trans. Clarence J. Carlsen (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1994), 191.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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