13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.
Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ was a significant moment. Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends, one of the twelve disciples, one of Jesus’ inner circle of committed followers. Peter had been with Jesus since the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. He watched the miracles unfold. He saw Jesus up close and personal. He knew Him on such a personal and intimate level.
However, it is clear from this passage that none of these things are the reason why Peter was able to boldly make this confession. In Jesus’ words, “Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” It is important for us to remember this advent season, that we don’t come to know Jesus because of any goodness on our own part. We come to know Jesus as the Father reveals Him to us. It is important that we do not let our own ideas of Jesus overtake the truth of who He truly is, as revealed in Scripture.
This is an important reminder for us personally, but also as we share the good news of Jesus with others. We can be bold to share with others, knowing that it is not by our power of persuasion that others will come to know Him. Salvation comes only through the work of God on behalf of sinners. Even Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends, could not determine this truth on his own.
• Who do you say that Jesus is?
• Why should it encourage us to remember that seeing the truth about Jesus is dependent on the work of God and not on our own?
• Thank God for the revealed truth about Jesus. Pray for opportunities to share this truth with others this week.