Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus asked the question: Who do men say that the Son of man is? But soon He brings the question to a personal challenge: Who do you say that I am? Each person must make his own decision and our decisions cannot go by default. Can we say Christ doesn’t matter or by silence pretend that we made no decision? Default is likely to be denial.
Jesus is a Man of linking opposites: All powerful, yet neighborly; Ardent in zeal, yet tranquil; Austere yet compassionate; Severe in His demands, yet forgiving. We need to come near this Jesus so that we may see His cross in a world that is cluttered with other crosses.
Jesus still stands over against our world, and in it, is asking: But who do you say that I Am?