In this short sermon, we are going to look at how the Father in heaven revealed the identity of Jesus to the apostle Peter as recorded in Mathew 16:13-17.
First, let’s outline the bible verse from where we derived this short sermon.
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
How did the Father in heaven reveal the identity of Jesus to Peter?
According to the bible verse above, that is, Mathew 16:13-17, the Father in heaven revealed the identity of Jesus to Peter through discernment.
As we can plainly see, Jesus was just throwing that question at His disciples: ‘but who do you say I am”. And Peter was not even in a prayer mood as he immediately gave the response “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Even up to the present day, so many people are having problems identifying who Jesus Christ really is.
For instance, Jesus is known as a prophet in Islam.
And so many Christians often blame them for seeing Jesus in that light.
But in our bible verse meaning for today, Jesus Himself clarifies that people can only know Him as the Son of God if only the Father in heaven reveals it to them.
So if you have been given this revelation, don’t blame others who don’t; instead pray that God should reveal His Son, Jesus Christ to them.