27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Up until this point Jesus had been doing things that no one else had done before. Wherever he went people asked the question, ‘who is this man?’
He was a healer and a prophet, a teacher and a leader. But Peter understood that Jesus was all this and more, he was the Messiah, the one who was to come and save God’s people from their enemies and to turn their hearts back to their God and restore their community.
Even though Peter got it, he still had much to learn. If we read ahead a few verses you will read that Jesus had to rebuke Peter very sharply for totally missing the point of Jesus being the Messiah.
This speaks to me about not putting my Lord and Saviour in a box. I am only just beginning to know Him and I must not limit my understanding of all that his salvation means and what following him entails.
“Lord, please keep me learning at your feet, following by your side and always accepting your view of this world and your Kingdom. Amen”
Written by Andrew Mellor