It truly is the age old question…Who do men say that I am? Jesus was now well established in his ministry and was moving through the land teaching, healing, showing the people who God was and what God wanted for them His people. He had made quite a splash on the scene with an amaing array of miracles and confrontations with the Jewish leadership. Jesus was now at the point where the mission began moving to the cross.
Jesus asked his guys, “Who do men say that I am?” It seemesd like a harmless enough question. Some say your a prophet, a great teacher–John the Baptist–2.0. Then Jesus asked those that knew him best, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter dived right in–“The Messiah, The Son of the Living God!” There has never been an answer more correct. Jesus knew that while Peter gave the right answer, he had no concept of its import. Just speaking the right answer, sadly, had little to do how one went forward in the world. Jesus knew that what lay ahead would be terrifying, overwelming and world changing. He had to get His guys ready for the battle.
That is the amazing thing about our Lord; He is never surprized or alarmed by what lies ahead. He is all-knowing, all-powerful and in all-places and times at once. No circumstance that occurs catches Him off-guard. He, therefore, prepares us for the things ahead. He provides for our needs, and he allows us to encounter trials of various kinds to reaffirm who He is and who we are in Him. We must never forget that He is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God! But, we have to understand the import of being one of His own–He loves us, and is preparing us for an world changing and life changing journey, that leads to an eternity with Him.
God Bless You
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.