“27 Now Jesus left with his disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And along the way he asked his disciples: “Who are people saying I am?” 28 They answered: “John the Baptist.” But others said, “Elijah.” Still others: “One of the prophets.” 29 Then Jesus asked them: “But, who do you say I am?” And Peter responded: “You are the Christ!”” (Mr 8:27-29 MHM)
“Simon Peter responded, “You are the Messiah, the Son of The Living God!”” (Mt 16:16 MHM)
Jesus Christ when he was already for some time travelling and preaching was interested in what the world was thinking of him.
He recognised the world’s ability to form an idea of him and was curious to know what his own disciples thought. For some time now he had laboured to impart to the world a correct idea of him. He was conscious that in several places he was the talk of the town. Many people had formed an idea of him.
After he had done again some miracles, he sought information of the result of his own teaching and the world’s learning from the most reliable source.
Christ was wishful that the right ideas of himself should exist in the world, and wanted to see if his pupils had received enough information to come to see who he really was.
Before he asked who they thought he was, he had spoken about false teachings and how false dogmas can mislead the whole world. He had been qualifying his followers to teach the world and wanted to check if they would come to tell the world what his position was and what he came to do in this world.
“Whom say you” was addressed to all the apostles, but Peter usually was the spokesman and he made the confession of faith on behalf of the others. Peter gave as answer that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah, that is, The Christened (Anointed) One. Likely the original in Hebrew would have been Ma·shi’ach.
Nowhere does Peter suspect that Jesus was God Himself. The words from God, Jesus and Jesus’ disciples are written down, so people will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. That way it will be possible for those who believe that, shall be able to receive a real and eternal life in the way Jesus personally revealed it.
“However, these have been written so that all of you [readers] may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of The God. And, because of believing, you [readers] may have Life because of his name.” (Joh 20:31 MHM)
Peter writes later about a further confirmation of the Sonship of Christ, remarking that Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father was declared by the voice of Majestic Glory as God’s Son, marked by God’s love.
“For he had received from God the Father honor and glory when a Voice occurred to him by the Magnificent Glory: “This is My Son, My Beloved, of whom I have thought well.”” (2Pe 1:17 MHM)
Jesus never claimed his equality with Jehovah God. Always did he tell people he could not do all the things he did without the power and authority given by his heavenly Father, the God of Israel, Who is greater than him. Even when Jesus would leave the earth, he would go to a place where he would not receive the same ‘grade’ as the Highest in heaven, but would come to sit next to Him to be His high priest.
“You [apostles] heard that I said to you, ‘I am departing and I am returning to you [apostles].’ If you loved me you would certainly rejoice, because I am going toward the Father, because the Father is greater than me.” (Joh 14:28 MHM)
“Therefore, Jesus answered them: “I tell you this truth: The Son is unable to do anything from himself unless he sees something the Father is doing. For whatever that One may do, it is possible the Son also may do likewise.” (Joh 5:19 MHM)
“Jesus said to the priest, “You said it. Yet I tell all of you: In the future all of you will see the Son of Humankind sitting on the right-hand of the Power and returning upon the clouds of the sky.”” (Mt 26:64 MHM)
“Now Jesus answered: “I am! And all of you will see the Son of Humankind sitting at the right hand of Power and coming in the clouds of heaven.”” (Mr 14:62 MHM)
“So after the Lord Jesus had spoken to the apostles, he was received up into the sky and then sat down at the right hand of the God.” (Mr 16:19 MHM)
Jesus wanted to know what his own disciples thought of him. Also for us we should make up our mind and have some good idea who Jesus is. Whatever opinions others may have of the Lord Jesus, you must have a personal appreciation of him. YOu yourself have to decide if you ware willing to go by the majority of the world who have made Jesus into their god, or if you want to go by the words of Jesus himself and of his heavenly Father Who declared on several occasions that Jesus is His son.
“Look! a Voice out of the Sky, saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”” (Mt 3:17 MHM)
“And a Voice came from the cloud, saying: “This is my Son, the Chosen One–listen to him!”” (Lu 9:35 MHM)
It was the Most High God Who asked to look well at His handpicked servant, whom He loves so much. Like the apsotles took delight in him we should also take such delight in him who is authorised by God Almighty. It is namely the Elohim Hashem Who has placed His Spirit on him, so that he’ll decree justice to the nations.
““Look! My servant-boy whom I chose, My beloved in whom My soul delights! Upon him I will place My Pneuma. He will announce justice to the nations.” (Mt 12:18 MHM)
The apostles could witness that Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father was declared as His Son, marked by God’s love. (2Pe 1:17)
We should have the same faith as the apostle Peter and like the other chosen twelve we should continue in their footsteps telling the world who Jesus really is.
- Who do you say Jesus is
- Concerning Christ #1 A god or the God, a son of man and son of God
- Jahushua, Joshua, Jeshua or Jesus an Immanuel or God with us an incarnated God or a human being?
- For Getting to know Jesus
- Concerning Christ #2 Divine source, connection and divine human being
- Jesus Christ the Messiah
- Jesus son of God
- Jesus son of God or God the son
- Jesus begotten Son of God #10 Coming down spirit or flesh seed of Eve
- Jesus begotten Son of God #14 Beloved Preminent Son and Mediator originating in Mary
- Reasons that Jesus is Not God
- The sent one from God
- The son of man given authority by God
- Memorizing wonderfully 42 Equality with God & doing nothing of himself
- Memorizing wonderfully 70: Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God
- For those who believe Jesus is God
- When you believe Jesus is God: who do you think is the mediator? #2 Firstborn from the dead our advocate
- The habitual misreading of John 1 and the ‘Word being God’ #2
- A living Word giving confidence
- Blindness in the Christian world
- Deciphering Truth in Word and Concept – That we might see
- Gospel of Thomas and Nature of Jesus
- Do you believe in One God
- That everyone may honour the Son and sent one from God
- Believing what Jesus says
- God’s Salvation
- Glory of only One God Who gives His Word