In Chapter 8 of the Gospel, Jesus has a conversation with his disciples about who people say he is. He asks them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” (Luke 8:18a).
The disciples reply, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life” (Luke 8:18b).
Then Jesus turns to his disciples and asks them directly, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” (Luke 8:20).
It is Peter who answers on behalf of the disciples. He boldly declares, “God’s Messiah” (Luke 8:20).
This declaration is significant because it shows that Peter and the other disciples have come to recognize Jesus as more than just a great teacher or prophet. They understand him to be the long-awaited Messiah promised by God in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus as the Messiah sets him apart as a leader among the disciples. It also foreshadows his role as a key figure in the early Christian church.
Jesus affirms Peter’s declaration and blesses him for it, saying, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 16:17).
This moment marks a turning point in Jesus’ ministry. From this point on, he begins to speak openly about his coming suffering and death. He also begins to prepare his disciples for their future role in spreading his message after he is gone.
In conclusion, it is Peter who declares that Jesus is the Messiah in Chapter 8 of the Gospel. This declaration marks an important moment in Jesus’ ministry and sets Peter apart as a leader among the disciples.