Mark 8:27-30 NLT
Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah. ” But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Reflection . . .
What a great qeustion! Jesus, the Messiah, the expected one asks his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” The response, one of the greats! Let’s pause here a second and ask ourselves, “Who do people say Jesus is in our world today?” Yes the situation is different, but as disciples of Jesus following Him, we need to have a firm grasp on who Jesus is! Peter’s response was accurate, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus is the Promised One who came to redeem the world from sin and save us from ourselves, the enemy and destruction. Jesus is Emmanual, Godwith us!
Many today have great opinions of who Jesus was, and even those who believe he is alive and well often have strange ideas about Jesus that the Bible doesn’t teach. Jesus, The Messiah is the One who brings hope for life in a dark and hopeless world. Jesus, The Messiah is the One who brings ultimate glory to God through His work of redemption, so declaring who Jesus is brings glory to God and a message of hope to the world.
So why did Jesus tell them not to tell anyone about him? Jesus’ time on earth had not yet been completed, but later in Act 1:8 he sends them out to tell all the world.