The summer before my senior year in high school I worked the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift as a waitress for a large hotel restaurant near the Des Moines airport. One morning another waitress said to me, “The Everly brothers are in sitting in your area.” I sauntered over to them and did the usual, “Good morning, what can I get for you?” The brothers, Don and Phil, were kind and engaging. After serving them, I asked for their autograph, and they graciously signed a napkin for me.
I must confess that I didn’t recognize the brothers. If the other waitress hadn’t clued me in, I would have treated them like any other patron–the same way I treated them even when I knew who they were. No doubt the way they preferred to be treated.
Jesus revealed his identity to the disciples and to the people he healed and preached to when the time was right. Many people know Jesus by name and by his ministry, but do not really know who he is. It’s when we take Jesus into our hearts as a personal Savior that his power in our life will be revealed–a little at a time–and the Jesus we thought we knew would become the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God Peter recognized.
Thank you, God, for revealing your Son to us. Amen.