Matthew 16: 13 “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
Jesus ask this key question in a place called, Cesarea Philippi, where people were poly-theistic – worshipping the many gods of Greek mythology. He didn’t ask this question because He was having an identity crisis and needed the reassurance of his disciples’ loyalty. We can be sure Jesus knew exactly who He was!
WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?
The tendency today is to say that He is less than Who He really is; that He is just a wind, a force or an “idea”. Some believe that Jesus was simply a revolutionary voice, an anointed teacher, a prophet, a good man, or even a reincarnated saint.
Verses 14-15 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus is not interested in what others say about Him. He is interested in what you say about Him. So Jesus inquires because how we each respond will determine our eternal destination and the weight of our spiritual authority! Our own authority over Satan, Hell and the grave is based on Christ’s authority over it.
We must stand on this rock: that Jesus is absolute Deity, God and equal with God, the Third Person of the Godhead, the One and Only Son Of God who conquered over all the authority of Devil at the cross.
Verses 15-16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 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. 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.