The disciples have heard quite a lot of rumours and speculation about Jesus.
We don’t get to know what they think individually, but Peter, as ever, speaks up.
No “Some of us say” or “Well, I think” – just straight out “You are the Messiah.”
Jesus acknowledges his disciple’s directness, as Peter acknowledges his master’s true identity. No hesitation, no holding back.
Behold the man.
God of the new,
You are eternal,
from everlasting to everlasting,
but still you make all things new.
We just don’t always see it –
our expectations are limited,
our horizon is narrow,
our eyes and minds half closed.
Take away our hesitations,
fill us with your spirit
so that we recognise you
and know you for who you are.
13 Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 “Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
15 “What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 “Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven.