The Father reveals Jesus to Peter
As we follow Jesus in his ministry we will notice that he has preached several sermons, performed many miracles validating what he is teaching. The religious leaders are upset with him and yet he continues to pour into just twelve men. Please read Matthew 16:13-20 as Jesus ask his disciples a couple of questions. As we read this paragraph we learn that they are on the way to Caesarea Philippi. What is interesting about this town is that it used to be the home of Baal worship before Israel was sent into exile for idol worship. Later this town would be home to the worship of the Greek god Pan. And in the day of the Caesar’s the worshiped Caesar as god. There were temples still set up for these false god’s. Jesus is going to ask his disciples these two questions: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And “who do you say that I am?” The disciples tell Jesus what the crowds are saying about him. Notice that their answer is some of the prophets that have gone before Jesus to prepare the way. Today if we ask this question to the crowds we will get he was a good man and good teacher along with a host of other questions. But then he turns his disciples and ask them the most important question he could ever ask anyone including you and me. “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus’ response to Peter reveals a spiritual truth that is just as valid today as the day he gave his response to Peter. Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven. The Father revealed who Jesus is to Peter. Today spiritual truth is still revealed by the Spirit of truth whom the Father sent at Jesus request after his ascension back to heaven. Jesus teaches us that the Spirit of truth will testify about Jesus. He will convict the world about sin, righteousness and judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. (John 16:8-9) The Spirit of truth will use the word of God as the body of Christ carry’s out the great commission to make disciples of all nations. When a minister preaches the word of God or when a Christian testifies what Jesus has done for them the Spirit of truth will use what is being spoken to reveal spiritual truth that should be responded to. When the Spirit of truth reveals who Jesus is-the Messiah, the Son of the living God every person should have a change of heart and believe in him for the forgiveness of sins and surrender to him as Lord.