They answered, “Some say that you are John the Baptist or Elijah the prophet from long ago has come back to life."
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So Jesus asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
The interesting thing is this: only one of the disciples really knew the answer. Peter answered, “You are the Messiah sent from God.”
The disciples had been with him for such a long time, but they didn’t truly know who he was straight away, but it became apparent through his death and resurrection. His humility of being obedient to even to the point of dying on the cross. And the acceptance of this sacrifice by God vindicating his life and ministry. All this showed them that Jesus is the one sent out from God. In fact, to know who Jesus is is to know he comes from God.
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8
To know Jesus is to know God.