When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." - Matthew 16:13-16

It was clear that many of the land's residents considered Jesus as only the forerunner of the Messiah they expected to come. Then Jesus asked his disciples, "But what about you? Who do you say I am?" Peter, speaking for the group, makes the wonderful confession, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." “Christ” is a title that means “Anointed One.” God the Father anointed Jesus to be the Redeemer of all mankind. Jesus was designated by his heavenly Father and then commissioned to accomplish his will of saving the human race from sin and death.

Therefore, recognizing that Jesus is the one God promised to send, Peter confessed that Jesus is no ordinary human being; he is "the Son of the living God." Jesus is true God. He is unique; he is “the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, … not made, of one being with the Father.” (Nicene Creed) As the Son of God, he is not inferior to, nor does he come after God the Father. "Son" describes the relationship which exists between the first and second persons of the Trinity. This relationship exists from eternity. The Father was not first, then the Son. They both, together with the Holy Spirit, live from and to eternity. Our inability to comprehend the mystery of the Trinity does not nullify the truth. We just stand in awe at the greatness of God, joining the Apostle Paul in his exclamation: “How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33)

What we are glad to know is that Jesus Christ is our Savior whom God sent to make us his sons and have eternal life with him.

Jesus, help me accept by faith all the truths of your Word, even the ones that are far beyond my human mind to grasp. Lead me to always confess, like Peter, that you are the eternal Son of God who came from heaven to be my only Savior. And fill my heart with the comfort and peace of your forgiveness. Amen.