27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. Mark 8:27-30
Peter seemed to be the first that crossed over to declaring Jesus’ identity on Earth in bodily form. What was the catalyst to that conversion? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak?
As each of us experience life, we have different thoughts flowing through our minds. Even siblings view life differently even though they experience the same events within a family.
Now Peter was part of the Top Three within Jesus’ circle of disciples – James and John being the other two. Perhaps Peter asked more probing questions along their walks from village to village.
We don’t know the other disciples’ reaction to Peter’s admission but it was probably one of surprise. By teaching, they all knew the significance of the Messiah living among them. As far as “big deals” go, this was the life-changing, long-awaited-Messiah deal. All along, Jesus had been telling them this, but it was Peter who blurted it out.
This also got them thinking harder about the man they spent a lot of time with. In that Peter was very influential. He merely stated the obvious and let the truth rest. He, like he learned from The Master Himself, was planting seeds among his compatriots. He was unknowingly taking them on his journey to the next step of revelation.
That’s what leaders and influencers do.