Matthew 16:13-17
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They answered, “Some say you are John the Baptizer, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” Jesus replied, “Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! No human revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven revealed it to you.

What an amazing question for Jesus to ask. It is often recorded that he knew the unspoken thoughts of those around him.* I believe He asked this question if those closest to Him in order for each of them to face their own questions as to the true identity of their master. And after they had organized their individual thoughts he asked them directly, “Who do you say that I am?”

While other men had looked backward and supposed him to be a long dead prophet brought back to life, Peter looked forward and saw him as the long awaited Messiah. And beyond that he recognized that his master spoke with the authority as only God’s own Son could do.

It is not enough to accept Jesus as a prophet, a preacher, a healer, a teacher, or wise man. He is more than a good man. He is a God man.

Who do you say He is?

*John 2:25, Matthew 12:25, Mark 2:8, Luke 6:8

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams


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