Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16
The ministry of Jesus made a significant impact on us as a people. Not only did He draw huge crowds, but He also stimulated people to speculate concerning His identity. Which brings up the question that He confronted His disciples with as found in Matthew 16:13; “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”
Well, the people held Jesus in high esteem, comparing Him to the greatest prophets in Israel’s history. However, their view of Jesus was not high enough which is no different from many today.
Back to the disciples. After hearing what people were saying about Him, Jesus pressed the disciples concerning who they believed He was. Peter quickly fired back, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus was moved by Peter’s response, for He declared that Peter had not come up with that on his own; “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee” (Matthew 16:17). He knew that this heartfelt confession was In fact from God.
Also mindful that as unique as Peter’s confession was, it was not the only confession of Christ’s true identity. Here are two such instances:
“The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9
“Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54
Scripture does not say that these other confessions were revealed by God. Perhaps this could indicate that these confessions were not the deep work of God, but instead were the superficial responses of people who were acting in a moment of impulse. There is nothing new under the sun, and still remains the same some 2000 years later.
To truly know Jesus Christ is a special revelation from God. The better one knows Him, the more convinced we become in knowing that He is God. So whom do you say that Jesus is?