The Man in the Moon (Matthew 16:13-17)


“Don’t you see it, Dad?”

I stared at the full moon, desperately trying to identify the “man in the moon”. Even with my daughter painstakingly pointing out the features, I just could not see it. Even after looking at the illustration above, it didn’t emerge! What was wrong with me? Am I the only person who cannot see this “man”?

Turns out, I am not alone, thank goodness! Various cultures have visualized a wide variety of images ranging from a boy gathering sticks, rabbits, and a mouse. It seems that people will choose to see what they want to see.

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 16:13-17

The people who gathered around and heard Jesus speaking and witnessed His miracles were blessed indeed! The living God in their presence! But even in His presence, the multitudes still had their varying opinions about who He really was. But there was no reason to assign other identities to Jesus. He may have appeared to have been a great prophet, a teacher, even a priest. Yes, He was all this, but so much more!

The man in the moon will always be open to interpretation, viewed by some people as obvious and others as obscure. But Jesus Christ did not leave that option for us. He is God Incarnate! He is our Lord and Savior! To assign any other lesser interpretation or description of Him is wrong.

Take the time to read the Bible and see for yourself that the claims of Jesus Christ are the truth. If you are truly seeking the truth, ask God to reveal it to you. The Bible reassures us that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.