The Apostle Peter rightly declares the Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed one from God. Anointed to be King in the Kingdom of God. This is a huge deal and a turning point for the disciples. I must do the same. It is a turning point for me as well.
Jesus responds. Jesus gives a great gift. Jesus gives Peter the keys to the Kingdom. Peter will be able to unlock anything he wants.
Why? Because Peter, and the others, have figured out that Jesus is King and in control.
Whoa Nelly, now that is something. That is good news.
Simon Peter said, “You’re the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
“And that’s not all. You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven.” He swore the disciples to secrecy. He made them promise they would tell no one that he was the Messiah. | Matthew 16:16-20
What does this all mean?
- Jesus must be a king if He is the Messiah.
- Jesus was from Judah, the kingly tribe.
- When Jesus was born, wise men from the East came looking for the King of the Jews.
- “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1–2).
- Jesus taught that He would one day sit on a glorious throne.
- “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:28;
- “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.” (Matthew 25:31).
- Many people in Israel saw Jesus as their long-awaited king and expected Him to set up His rule immediately
- “While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.” (Luke 19:11),
- Although Jesus’ kingdom is currently not of this world. Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” (John 18:36).
- At the end of Jesus’ life, during His trial before Pilate, Jesus did not defend Himself except to answer affirmatively when Pilate asked if He was the King of the Jews
- Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him, “It is as you say.” (Mark 15:2).
Peter figured it all out. Have I?