“Jesus said to them.
‘But who do you say
That I am?’
εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς Ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνα με λέγετε εἶναι; Πέτρος δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν Τὸν Χριστὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ
Luke indicated that Jesus asked his disciples (εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς) who did they say that he was (Ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνα με λέγετε εἶναι)? Peter answered (Πέτρος δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς) that he was the Messiah, the Christ of God (εἶπεν Τὸν Χριστὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ). This same question and response of Peter can be found in Matthew, chapter 16:15-17, Mark, chapter 6:29 and John, 6:69, but all slightly different. Mark said that Jesus was questioning his disciples who was it that they thought or said that he was. Jesus thus put them to the test. This was not about what others said or thought, but about their understanding of Jesus. Who did they think Jesus was? Mark said that Peter replied to the generic question of Jesus immediately. He said that Jesus was the Christ or the Messiah that they were expecting in Israel. Matthew indicated that Jesus asked his disciples who they thought or said that he was. Was he the Son of Man or someone else? Simon Peter replied to the question of Jesus immediately. He said that Jesus was the Christ or the Messiah that they were expecting in Israel. Jesus was the son of the living God, not just merely the son of God. Peter, as the leader of this new group of Jesus followers, asserted this important belief about Jesus. For the first time, Jesus was called the Christ, the Messiah. Here Peter, in the name of the nascent Christian community, proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ. Are the Greek “Christ” and the Hebrew “Messiah” the same? Matthew was the only one who had Peter say that Jesus was the son of the living God. Matthew was also the only one that mentioned the special relationship that Peter had with his Father in heaven. However, Peter gave a strong positive response in all four versions. Matthew also had Jesus respond to Peter, but that was not in Mark or Luke. Jesus said that Simon was blessed, because flesh and blood or humans had not revealed this saying of his, but Jesus’ heavenly Father had done so. Thus, Peter had a special relationship with the Father in heaven. Peter, as the leader of this new group of Jesus followers, asserted this important belief about Jesus. Matthew, more than any of the other gospel writers, emphasized the role of Peter as the leader of the early Christian community, the disciples, and the apostles of Jesus. Who is your human Christian leader?