esus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah." And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
or two years the disciples have walked with Jesus; witnessed his preaching, his healing, and teaching. Now he is nearing his end, about to set out for Jerusalem and he wonders how much they have understood. He asks: “Who do people say that I am?” There are many opinions.Some say John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
Then Jesus asks:“Who do you say that I am?”Peter answers: “You are the Messiah” His reply must fill Jesus with joy. Peter understands, but in his own way. Mathew clothes Mark’s words with deeper meaning when he reports Peter as saying: “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” Did Peter understand Jesus to be the Christ, the anointed one, the promised one, who had come to heal and lead them to eternal life? This is uncertain. Yet, it is a moment of deep emotion. Jesus is revealed and he commands silence.
Then Jesus paints a picture of a Messiah who must suffer, be rejected, die a violent death, quiet different, to their understanding of the role of the Messiah.
Peter is appalled, takes Jesus aside remonstrates with him while Jesus in turn rebukes him in the strongest terms: ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ His words indicate that Peter’s understanding of the role of the Messiah is not his.There is great drama in these verses and the revelation that he is a suffering Messiah.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries