L. A. Marzulli
Matthew 16:13-20New International Version (NIV)
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.”20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
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There’s a lot of “meat” in the passage of scripture and we could spend a considerable amount of time going over this, verse by verse. What I want to call our attention to is the statement made by Peter regarding who Jesus is! When Jesus asks Peter who do you say I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
This clarifies, for all time, who Jesus actually is. This should clear up any doubt as to Jesus’ identity, where he “comes from,” what His mission is and His claim as the Messiah.
He is the one that mankind had been waiting for and as scripture declares:
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. John 1:11.
Such is the case with many today… they receive Him not. Yet, He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. However, we have to willingly let Him in. There’s the “free-will” card in play, one of the heavenly protocols set in place, a universal law that is obeyed by both sides in the Cosmic Chess Match.
Remember Genesis 3:15 which, in my opinion, sets up the rest of the Biblical prophetic narrative.
The seed of the serpent will be at enmity with the seed of the woman. He will crush your head and you will bruise his heel.
Peter’s statement points back to the Genesis 3:15 prophecy. The one who will crush the head of the serpent, the one who was sent, has arrived!
Jesus defeated the serpents hold on this planet. He took the title-deed to earth and at some point—and I think it might be sooner than later—He will return to set up his literal millennial kingdom. I’ll close with a statement I’ve made numerous time:
If you think you know Him but you don’t know Him, then, you don’t know Him.
Many people think they know who Jesus is but there’s no personal relationship with Him. In other words they don’t really know Him. Take a moment and think about it. I invited Him in 37 years ago and my life has never been the same. Jesus is the truth, the way and the life. He is the Prince of Peace.