Jesus knows how to get to the heart of the matter.
It is a simple question.
Jesus wants to know who I think he is.
Will I answer like Peter? Is that what I believe?
Jesus wants to know if I know that he is “the Messiah” (the anointed one who is King).
One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his disciples nearby, he asked them, “What are the crowds saying about me, about who I am?”
They said, “John the Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the prophets from long ago has come back.”
He then asked, “And you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?”
Peter answered, “the Messiah of God.” Jesus then warned them to keep it quiet. They were to tell no one what Peter had said.
Source: Luke 9:18-21