People are wondering who this man Jesus is. Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13) Some people think Jesus is John the Baptist come back from the dead after being unjustly beheaded; others think Jesus is a resurrected Elijah or Jeremiah or some other well-known, well-respected prophet of God. Then Jesus gets personal. He asks His disciples, “What about you? Who do you say I Am?” (Matthew 16:15)
Peter answers first. He says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)
Jesus says, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this is not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17)
People do not recognize the Holy Christ in the man, Jesus. They are perfectly willing to accept that this man may be a resurrected prophet, but in their logic, it does not occur to them that He may be their long-awaited Messiah, the Son of the living God. Only Peter, also known as Simon, knows Jesus is the Christ.
Why is this? Because, God reveals this knowledge to Peter.
“[Jesus] is in the world, and though the world is made through Him, the world does not recognize Him. He comes to that which is His own, but His own do not receive Him. Yet, to all who receive Him, to those who believe in His Name, He gives the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:10-13)