In salvation history, God’s people broke the covenant relationship with God again and again. We’ll talk about why in a moment. In the Gospel reading today, we see the scene at Caesarea Philippi where Jesus gives Peter the keys to the kingdom. A profound moment, indeed.
In the first reading from Jeremiah 31, God acknowledges that the people had broken the covenant. Perhaps this was because they had only a “head knowledge” of God. The LORD was going to fix that. He says, “I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
I often speak of the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge. I believe that both are essential. But of the two, heart knowledge is more important. We can know all about Jesus – read and memorize Scripture, study apologetics, etc. But if we don’t KNOW Jesus, if we don’t have a deep, personal, committed relationship with Him, then all that head knowledge is for naught. We must always work on not just knowing about Jesus, but knowing Jesus.
Father, may we always hunger to more about Jesus, and to always desire to know Him more and grow in our relationship with Him. Amen.