Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16 ESV
This past Saturday the ETBU group visited Caesarea Philippi where for the first time the disciples admitted who Jesus really was. Jesus had been performing miracles and teaching the Good News for some time and the people had been trying to figure out who Jesus was. So Jesus asks the disciple what the people were saying about Him and who they thought He was.
There were all kinds of answers. Some of the people thought Jesus was John the Baptist came back to life. Others thought Jesus was Elijah or one of the other prophets of old like Jeremiah. What the people had not yet been able to say was that Jesus was their long awaited Messiah.
Finally Jesus asks the disciples who did they think He was. The text says that Peter replied to Jesus but knowing Peter I think he probably blurted out his reply that Jesus was the Christ, the anointed one in Greek, and the Son of the living God. Peter recognized that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah the Jews had been promised by God. In the next verse Jesus blesses Peter and lets Peter know that he did not figure this out on his own but that God the Father had let peter know who Jesus was.
Not much has changed since that time in Caesarea Philippi. People still have different opinions of who Jesus really is. Not many think He was John the Baptist or Elijah but there are still many wrong views of who Jesus is. Some think all Jesus was was a great teaches. Others that He was a great prophet but not the greatest prophet. Some think He was and angel others a god but not the one God they place Him in a godhead with the Father and Holy Spirit. Still many believe he was just a man who got caught up in the time and was crossways with the Romans. Then they are the few who believe He never really existed. One way to tell false Christianity from the real deal is who they say Jesus is.
They refuse to see Jesus for who He really is the Christ and the Son of the living God. This refusal will cost them eternity living in a relationship with God.
Have a blessed day,