As Jesus was on his way to Caesarea with his disciples, he asked them “Who do people say that I am?” They answered that some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and some say one of the prophets. Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Not long after that, as Jesus stood captive before the high priest, Peter denied that he even knew who Jesus was. The Gospel of Luke says that after Peter denied him a third time, Jesus turned and looked at him. Peter had denied Jesus, whom he once proclaimed was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, in his very presence.
After Jesus was crucified, Peter, along with the other disciples, knowing he was dead, had great reason to conclude that Jesus was not who he had claimed to be. If Jesus was truly the Son of the Living God, he wouldn’t be dead. Even his mother and his brother, James had reason to believe he was not God.
Then God did something. He raised Jesus from the dead! When his disciples saw their risen Savior, their faith that Jesus was the Christ was restored!
Who do you say that Jesus is? In part seven of “The Starting Point Series”, Andy Stanley speaks plainly about what faith is and why he believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Check it out at www.startingpointseries.com.