Matthew 16:13-17 (NIV)
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
Today is often referred to Epiphany. An epiphany is defined as “a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary but striking occurrence” (Encarta Dictionary: English). In this passage Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah. It was an epiphany; it was revealed from heaven above.