One day, when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, “What do people say about me?” And they answered, “Some say, that you are John the Baptist; others say, that you are Elijah; and still others, that you are one of the prophets of old, risen from the dead.” Again Jesus asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone.
And he added, “The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the law, and be put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life.”
The longer we spend time with one another, the deeper is our knowledge of each other. It is no wonder that the disciples, with Peter as their mouthpiece were able to pierce the veil that hid the deepest identity of Jesus. While others could only think of Him as a prophet, the disciples knew Him to be the Messiah of God. Yet even this confession did not guarantee their complete and steadfast faith in Jesus. They scattered like leaves when their Lord and Master was being tried, sentenced and put to death. This shows us that faith proclamation needs time to be truly rooted in our hearts and minds. The disciples themselves took time before they fully embraced what they had proclaimed that day.
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