Original Posting At http://thenakedalien.blogspot.com/2017/08/who-am-i.html
The Teacher asked his students: “Scripture tells us of a Son of Man. Who do people say it is?”
“Your cousin John!”
“Some other prophet! Some other prophet!”
Then their Rabbi asked them: “What about you? Who do you say I am?” Whoa, whoa, whoa – trick question alert! Only one of them was brave enough (or foolish enough) to answer; Simon bar Jonah.
“You are the Anointed One, the Son of the Living God!”
Drop the fish-net!
“You are indeed blessed my Petra! I have hidden myself from you, so you wouldn’t know who I AM unless as my Father revealed me to you. You did not fear to allow the Spirit to speak a foolish Truth through you. I named you Peter, the Rock, and from you I will build my Church. The Gates of Hell will hold no more terror for you, for I give my Church the key to the Pearly Gates. You have a great duty: what you do on Earth, you do in the Kingdom of Heaven; but beware, because what you don’t do on Earth you won’t be able to do in the Kingdom.”
Then with strong words he commanded them: “Don’t tell them yet who I am! It will only freak them out before it’s time.”
(“Head of Christ” by Rembrandt)