Matthew 16:13–17 (NKJV)
13When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
This story above is one of the most beautiful depictions of Jesus being revealed as the Son of God to one of His disciples for the first time. Personally, this story has impacted my life in so many ways. Probably the most extraordinary thing about this story, is that up until this point, the disciples recognized and believed that Jesus was a great teacher, mighty in signs and wonders, and they even believed that He was the Messiah. However, what they did not understand was that He was not only the Messiah, but that He was the Son of God. Take note that the Jews in that day did not believe the Messiah was going to be the Son of God, but they rather believed that He would be more like a Deliverer for the oppressed people.
However, after walking with the disciples for some time Jesus wants to know from them who they think that He is. It is fascinating to see their responses. Some say a prophet, some say Elijah, etc. Ultimately, things get serious when He asks them, “Whom do you say I am?” Simon answers, you are the Christ the Son of the living God. Jesus responds to him saying that it could only be His Father in Heaven who revealed this to Him.
This is a notable, critical question every one of us will have to answer in our lives. Who is Jesus to you? Is He just some great guy? Was He a wonderful prophet?
Or do you recognize Him for who He truly is, comprehending that He is the Son of God; the One who came and saved the world so that we can all have eternal life.
I believe that when a lot of people get saved and give their hearts to Jesus, they believe, they do not yet know Him, but as they grow in their relationship with God, He is the One that will reveal Jesus more and more to us, showing us how much He loves us and instilling in us a deep thankfulness for His everlasting grace and mercy. He is the King of all Kings and the Savior of the World.