Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 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. 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. 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.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
by: Cheryl Steele.
One of my first thoughts whenever I read this passage is just how truly critical is the way I respond to this question: Who do I say Jesus is and how do I show that in my daily life? If I respond, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Son of the living God, then that demands a commitment from me. I do believe that this was a pretty radical concept at the time as it stood in dramatic contrast to the worship of lifeless idols common in the region. Father, teach me how to live in such a way that all those around me can see what I believe to be true about Jesus.