This heartwarming story, released in 1947, has become a classic. The story is all about the true identity of Kris Kringle who becomes a substitute Santa at Macy’s. Little Susan (Nathalie Wood) has been taught by her disillusioned Mother not to believe in Santa. There is a psychological evaluation and a court case, all in the attempt to discount Kris and his claims. The story ends with Susan becoming a true believer after her desire for a house seems to magically come about.
In today’s verse, Jesus challenges the thinking of the disciples. They were walking with Jesus to the villages around Caesarea, Philippi. Jesus had just healed a blind man and asks them the question, “Who do people say I am?” Their response was John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets (verses 27-28). Then Jesus gets personal. But what about you? Peter, as a spokesman for the group responds with this true and life-changing statement; “You are the Messiah.”
Mistaken identity about any individual can have serious consequences, but to miss who Jesus is has implications not only for this life but for eternity! Jesus continues to ask each of us, “Who do you say I am?” My answer to that question has been life-changing. He is my Lord and my God. Jesus coming down to earth as a baby is the most pivotal moment in history! He became human to share His heart with me. He became as one of us to offer His love and salvation. His birth was a miracle that not only changed history but continues to change hearts.
May each of my readers respond with faith when Jesus asks this same question of you.