May 20

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 33:1-56; Proverbs 29:1-27; Luke 4:16-44

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

Peter had seen beyond the “Son of Man” (Luke 9:22), to the “Son of the living God.” He had recognized that behind the veil of Christ’s flesh, absolute deity was enshrined in all its fullness. Others had marvelled at the wonderful works the Lord had done, but Peter goes further. It isn’t just that God is “with” Him, but that He Himself “is” God. Many today would be prepared to acknowledge Christ as a historical figure, but anything short of acknowledging His deity will not suffice. Our salvation depends on Him being, not only “Son of Man,” but “Son of the living God.” It is only as such that He could be our Saviour. —W. H. Burnett

Verily God, yet become truly human;
Lower than angels to die in our stead. —H. d’A. Champney