Friday, February 28, 2020

In their own words. Day 3

Day 3 - Matt 16.16

Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’

Jesus asks the disciples who people say that he is. John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, one of the prophets, are the answers they give.  “But who do you say that I am?” he asks them.
Peter is the only one who says what the others might be thinking, that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus’ replies that Peter is  “the rock on which I will build my church.“ Many Christians take this as evidence that Jesus intended Peter to lead the Church. Roman Catholic Popes take their authority from their descent from Peter, who they see as the first Bishop of Rome, though he was never called that in the Bible.  Whatever status you might give to Peter, these words certainly reflect the importance the early Church had come to place on Peter and his ministry by the time they were written down in around 80AD.

·         What do you think Peter saw in Jesus that made him think he really was God’s chosen one, his Messiah? How would you answer Jesus’ question “Who do you say that I am?

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