Matthew 16:13-16: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
马太福音 16:13-16耶稣到了凯撒利亚·腓立比的境内，就问门徒说：“人说我（有古卷没有我字）－人子是谁？” 他们说：“有人说是施洗的约翰；有人说是以利亚；又有人说是耶利米或是先知里的一位。” 耶稣说：“你们说我是谁？” 西门·彼得回答说：“你是基督，是永生 神的儿子。”
Peter raised his hand and got the answer right. You can imagine how Jesus’ name must have been on the tongues of lots of people. Back then there was no FOX or CNN to report people’s opinions. The news was shared and discussed in the town squares and in neighborhood gatherings. “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” That, by the way, was the favorite name that Jesus used for himself.
There were all kinds of opinions about Jesus, like being John the Baptist come back to life or the reincarnation of one of the prophets. But Peter got it right. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The Son of Man is the Son of God. Peter got it right. He understood, as far as it is possible to understand, that Jesus was both true God and true man in one person.
When someone asks you who Jesus is, do you get the answer right? Do you confess that Jesus is both true God and true man and the Savior of the world? If you believe this, then it isn’t because you figured it out in your head, but because God has revealed this to you through the Word. Be thankful today that you believe this. Not everyone does. Which means you have a purpose in life – to share the gospel of Jesus with those who do not know him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God, and you are my Savior! Thank you for revealing this to me through your Word and through the working of the Holy Spirit. I pray that I will always be faithful to this confession, and that what I know by faith, I will freely proclaim to the world. Amen.