Peter Confessed Jesus Is the Messiah

The following is a list of Bible Truths in Matthew 16:13-20, the story of Peter confessing Jesus is the Messiah.

  1. Peter said Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God.  Matthew 16:16.
  2. Only God can open the mind of a person to believe that Jesus is the son of God.  Matthew 16:17; John 6:44.
  3. Jesus builds His church with people who believe Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God.  Matthew 16:16-18.

The following Background Information is helpful in understanding the story.

"The Christ".  Christ comes from the Greek word "Christos" which means "the Anointed One" or "the Messiah."  During biblical times, a person was anointed with oil when that person began serving in an important office such as king or priest.  For example, God told Samuel to anoint Saul king over Israel (1 Sam. 9:16-17).  During New Testament times, the Jews were hoping that God would anoint a Messiah or Savior for the purpose of restoring Israel's righteousness and freeing Israel from foreign domination.  The word "Christ" is sometimes used as a name for Jesus.  Other times the word is used to describe Jesus as the Messiah or Savior, such as when it is used in the phrase "the Christ."
The Blessing.  Jesus is king of all heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18).  Those who do not presently believe that Jesus is King will be convinced when He comes again to earth (Revelation 19:16).  Peter is blessed because he will avoid the judgment that comes from not knowing who Jesus is.

The following activities can be used to teach the Bible story and truths.

Bible Story Activities.

Ask the Whiz Kid - Part II.  Use this activity to help the children think about who Jesus is.
Print the "Dear Whiz Kid" letters listed below and divide the class into three groups.
Give a letter to each group and ask the students how they would respond to the letters.  Discuss the responses.
The children can refer to the Qualities of God or Things You Can Tell About Jesus for help in thinking up a response.
Page 1 includes letters from:
"Stumped" - Has a friend who does not think it is important to believe in Jesus.
"Tender Ears" - Her friend's brother uses Jesus' name in bad ways.
"Confused" - Red says Jesus is dead and cannot help anyone.
Building Blocks 101.  Use this activity to help the children understand the strength of a church built with people who believe that Jesus is the Messiah.
Put three bricks and about ten playing cards in a bag.
Pull one brick out of the bag and put the brick on the floor.  Explain that the brick represents a foundation based on the belief that Jesus is the Messiah.
Pull the playing cards out of the bag and form another foundation by standing the cards on edge.  You may need to tape the cards together.  Explain that the cards represent a foundation based on money, power, an important job, and other material things.
Pull another brick out of the bag.  Explain that this brick represents the church or a person's life.  Put this brick on the brick foundation which represents the belief that Jesus is the Messiah.  Point out how sturdy the church or the life is when based on Jesus.
Pull the last brick out of the bag.  Explain that this brick also represents the church or a person's life.  Put this brick on the card foundation which represents material things.  The brick should cause the card foundation to fall.
Compare the strength and stability of the brick foundation representing a belief in Jesus to the weakness and instability of the card foundation which represents material things.
Children may get the impression that money, power, job, and other material things are bad.  Material things are not bad as long as God comes first and the material things do not damage a person's relationship with God.  A person's wealth may cause that person to view God differently.  For example, a person's wealth may cause that person to stop being friends with people who have no money.
Bible Drill.  Use this activity to help the children remember all the things they can tell others about Jesus.

Brain Teasers.

Word Search - Names and Titles of Jesus.

People of the Bible.

Learn about Jesus, Elijah, John the Baptist, Peter, Andrew, Matthew, Simon, James, John, Judas Iscariot, Thomas, and Philip by playing a game of Who Am I?
 
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