Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others
say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus is praying by himself while he was with the disciples. I wonder if they were wondering if they should be praying. Jesus often teaches by example. Then Jesus asked the disciples a very valid question at
that time and it is just as valid today. He asked “Who do the crowds say I am?” The answers show confusion to this question. Herod didn’t know. Now the disciples are telling Jesus what they have heard.
Some say John the Baptist. This was a thought of Herod. This answer shows how big of an impact John the Baptist made while alive. Others pointed to Elijah, one of the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. It is interesting that Moses
is not included in the list. Others say that “one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” Maybe Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, or even Ezekiel. Then Jesus makes it personal by directing the question to the
disciples and he asks “Who do you say I am?” Wouldn’t you know, it is Peter who steps forward with the answer. Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” Wow! What an answer! The word
Christ means Messiah! In fact, Christ is a Greek for the Hebrew word Messiah.
Peter, as well as the other disciples have been traveling with Jesus, eating with him, listening to his teachings,
and witnessing all the miracles. They know Jesus personally. It is Peter though who says you are “The Christ of God.” This same question is asked by many people today. And why??? We live after the fact and
have many external accounts as well as Biblical accounts. We know that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, took on the sins of the whole world, died on the cross as atonement for our sins. God raised Jesus back to life as an
acceptable sacrifice for the world… that is you and me. Even Satan knows this and all his demons. Maybe we need to do a better job of getting this message out to the people. All this, Jesus did for you and for me. I didn’t
ask him to do it, He did it on his own. He loves you and me. He is the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15… the promise of a savior… the Messiah!
I pray: O Lord, I too know and confess
that you are the Christ, the Messiah! I thank you for everything you have done for me. Help me to be bold and to get the message out to the world. Amen.