One afternoon we were all sitting together having a chat about all we had seen and heard over the past several months. We were all amazed at what Jesus had done and were still trying to digest everything.
Jesus joined in the conversation and asked us, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
Several of us replied, “John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the other Prophets.”
I knew Jesus was so much more. He is truly the Son of God. This was the reason he was able to do all the marvellous things he had been doing. The power of God lives in him.
Peter answered Jesus, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!”
Wow! I knew Jesus was the Son of God. For some reason, I don’t think it clicked in my head that Jesus was the Messiah. We have been waiting for centuries for the Messiah. Prophecies were foretold about the Messiah coming. At every Passover, we have a place for Elijah and we believe when he came, the Messiah would also. The Messiah is the Anointed One who was to come to save us all.
Jesus told Peter he is blessed because God the Father has revealed this truth to him as he couldn’t have learnt this from anyone else. He then told Simon Peter his name will always be called Peter which means Rock. Jesus told him the church will be built on him and the powers of hell will not conquer it.
What is the church? I know it is a group of people gathered together sharing the same purpose in life. I didn’t understand anything Jesus was talking about with Peter.
Peter was given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said whatever is bound on earth is bound in heaven and whatever is loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Jesus warned us not to tell anyone He was the Messiah.
At first, we talked amongst ourselves because we wondered why we couldn’t say anything. We thought Jesus would love to have people know their long-awaited Messiah is here. But as we were talking, we came to the conclusion that if people knew, they would treat him even more differently now. The religious rulers would have a field day; they insist on having to wait for Elijah to come first before the Messiah.
I didn’t want to imagine what the rulers would do if they realised Jesus is the Messiah. I don’t think they would believe it. I also think they would do anything to get rid of Jesus as they already didn’t like him.
I promised to keep my mouth shut about these matters when I talk to my family and others as we walk with Jesus wherever he goes. I am sure the time will be right to share… one day.
*The keys Jesus spoke about to Peter means authority. Jesus gave Peter and to us now the authority of Heaven on earth.
*The church has authority to release healing, etc as Jesus released healing in his life, death, and resurrection. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to let His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
*Declaring Jesus as the Messiah would have caused a major political uproar. It wasn’t Jesus’ time to be known to others as the Messiah.
For further study:
Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21