Matthew 16:13–20 (ESV)
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And
they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter
replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And
I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in
heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
This is one of the BIGGEST questions of the Bible! “Who do people say that the Son of Man is? When it comes to your Salvation, Jesus
asks even more specifically “But who do you say that I am? This is the question that you (the reader) needs to be able to answer right now. Your Salvation rests on this question. The correct answer is “You are the Christ, the
Son of the living God.” The blessing that Jesus gives Peter is based on his confession. His confession is the “rock”. Jesus is the promised Messiah. The church is not built on Peter, but Peter’s confession.
The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God was a key event in Jesus’ ministry. To confess Jesus as Savior and Lord is also essential in every believer’s life. Some Christians will remember
the very moment this first happened. Other Christians, baptized in infancy, have made this confession again and again in worship and daily life. Like Peter, none of us can by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit has called us
by the Gospel (SC, p xxxvii). As royal priests of God, we “proclaim the excellencies of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1Pt 2:9).”
I pray: Grant us grace, heavenly Father, to confess Jesus and so remain on the unshakable rock of our salvation. Amen.