Today’s lesson is recognized as pivotal and climactic in Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. The stories to this point repeatedly press the issue of faith and discipleship as Jesus’ teaching and healing lead the disciples and ourselves to expect some things about this one called the Son of Man.
And now these stories are focused in Jesus’ intensely direct and personal question and in Peter’s response. “But who do you say that I am?” There is no escape and this is no time for evasion. How we answer this question makes all the difference in how we live our lives.