- Jan 2009
Rasta's explanation is more accurate. Jesus indeed calls himself also the Son of God ,as well. Jesus never states he is the same as GOD.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
And so Jesus acknowledges His identity. As to what the term "Messiah" meant in Jewish Theology, that didnt need to be explained to these disciples. They had been raised in the Jewish culture, and knew all about the role of the Messiah.