As they went on to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his chosen witnesses, “Who do people say I am?” “Some say John the Baptizer,” they answered. “Others say Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.” (117)
“What about you?” Jesus asked them. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the son of God!”
“God has truly blessed you with this faith, Peter” answered Jesus. “On this foundation I will build my church, my family of believers. Not even Satan & the kingdom of hell will ever be able to overcome you!
“In this faith, you will speak with the authority of the kingdom of heaven here on earth. You will forbid here what is forbidden there; you will permit here what is permitted there.”
Then Jesus told his students not to tell other people that he was the Messiah. But, from then on, Jesus began to be more open with his students about his plan. “I must go to Jerusalem, where I will suffer much at the hands of the Jewish religious leaders; they will even have me executed. But three days later I will rise to life!”
Peter got stuck on the execution part of the plan & exclaimed, “May God forbid this, Master! May God never let this happen to you!”
But Jesus rebuked Peter: “When you think that way, you’re actually working against me, just like Satan. You’re looking at things from a human perspective instead of from God’s perspective.”
Father, please help me to love being Your child.
(117) Matthew 16:13-23, Mark 8:27-33, Luke 9:18-22