Back in the biblical days, people spent enormous amounts of time walking around. Jesus and his friends, the disciples, were always going on walks. Jesus taught them many things while they were walking. It was like school only everyday was a field trip!
One day Jesus and the disciples stopped to rest. And Jesus asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I am?”
“Oh I know! I know! I know! I know!”
Jesus called on Peter.
“Some say you are John the Baptist.” Peter said but he failed to say why people would say this since John the Baptist was the person who had baptized Jesus — apparently in biblical days people were always mistaking the baptizer with the baptizee.
“Some say you are Elijah,” another disciple guessed.
Elijah was a great prophet who had led his people back to God after they had gotten caught red-handed worshiping idols and doing other evil things like leaving church five minutes early and making paper airplanes out of their Sunday School lessons. But Elijah had been dead for what seemed like thousands of years. (Time really drug in those days.)
“Others say you are Jeremiah,” yelled another disciple who was just throwing names out there.
Jeremiah was a prophet too who had warned God’s people that they would be made slaves if they did not obey God which seemed pretty harsh of God but God was crabbier in those days. (Why the people thought Jesus was Jeremiah was just another indication that those who lived in biblical times were a devout yet confused people.)
Then Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered. (Just so you know, Peter had changed his name to Simon Peter between questions.) “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Jesus was glad to hear these words. “Bless you Peter!” (Jesus didn’t get the memo on the name change.) “God has helped you to know this. I will build my church upon these words of yours.”
Then Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven and Peter was careful to stick them in the pocket that didn’t have the hole.
Then Jesus instructed the disciples not to tell anyone he was the Messiah. And they all nodded affirmatively except for Judah who was busy unraveling a thread on the hem of his robe pretending not to hear a word Jesus was saying.