In this scene of Matthew’s gospel , Yeshua ( Jesus) asks a question:
“When Yeshua came into the territory around Caesarea Philippi, he asked his talmidim, “Who are people saying the Son of Man is?” 14 They said, “Well, some say Yochanan the Immerser, others Eliyahu, still others Yirmeyahu or one of the prophets.” 15 “But you,” he said to them, “who do you say I am?” 16 Shim‘on Kefa answered, “You are the Mashiach, the Son of the living God.” 17 “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan,” Yeshua said to him, “how blessed you are! For no human being revealed this to you, no, it was my Father in heaven. 18 I also tell you this: you are Kefa,” [which means ‘Rock,’] “and on this rock I will build my Community, and the gates of Sh’ol will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” 20 Then he warned the talmidim not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.”Matthew 16:13-20 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
Those walking with Yeshua ( Jesus) most certainly represented the diverse communities of faith who were trying to figure out who the man Yeshua was. Notice in that in the crowd there are different beliefs about who Yeshua was.Also, notice the words of Peter when Yesha asked the fateful question, Who do YOU say that I am ) Now, I am not sure if he was speaking to all of the disciples in the immediate context. But Peter (often the leader of the group) spoke up and said in Verse 16 “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
We can see from peters words that some thought that Yeshua was,, and even reincarnated Elijah ( or perhaps raised from the dead!). Everyone had a different gospel about the Yeshua that they were trying to know. Unlike us, they beheld him in the flesh and surely were trying to reconcile his presence with what they knew about YHWH God.
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Who do they say that I am Lord Yeshua?
I hear you saying Lord Yeshua : YOU are who I say you are, stop listening to the lies of the Enemy that seeks to steal your peace kill your spirit and destroy your life.
Then You began whispering to my heart stirring me to declare:
I am a child of the Father, a daughter of the King, Yes I am. I rebuke the Devil in your name, King Jesus, for you have gained the victory!
In my Father ‘s house, you have prepared a place for me .
Who the Son sets free is free indeed!
In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen!