Matthew 16:15-16. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
This astonishing moment must have rocked Peter’s world, and the other disicples’ world, as well. To my knowledge, this is the first time any of the disciples came right out and said, “You are the Son of God! You are deity. You are Yaweh, Messiah, Immanuel! You are God!”
What a solemn moment. What a moment of personal realization for Peter. He speaks up here as the mouthpiece of the other disciples. He says that which the Father has revealed to him. Whether or not he actually got the full import of his statement, we do not know. It is clear, though, that Peter and the others were beginning to realize just Who it was that they were following and serving.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of walking, sitting, or standing in the very presence of the Creator of the universe, the One Who condescended to take my place of shame and pain and then to rise again to life so that I can have life abundantly, I just can’t think of it without tears. I can barely grasp that He knew me before I was ever conceived; I can never understand that He loved me before He died for me, and that when He was on the cross, I was on His mind.