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      Luke 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

      Jesus was alone in prayer and asked His disciples the question, "Whom say the people that I Am?" ...and after they had given their answers, He asked the question in our Text. The disciples were compelled to recognize His Heavenly Gifts, His Greatness, His Power and His Gracious Spirit, but it was hard for them to think of Him as One Who must suffer persecution and death at the hands of the Jews. But He knew all that was before Him and walked steadily on towards the cruel cross upon which He must die. Today the professing church is inclined to reject the theme of His Atoning Blood, but those of us to whom He is "The Christ of God" adore Him more and more as the depths of His sacrifice and sufferings are revealed.

      Lord, may we hold Thee in our hearts today as "The Christ of God". Amen.

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