Jesus changes the question from asking what other peoples’ opinions are to who do YOU think He is. Jesus is pressing the disciples to understand that what other people think about Jesus shouldn’t shape their opinion about Him. Many people had a high opinion of Jesus, but as believers, we must go beyond a high opinion of Jesus & realize that He is the Son of Man. He is God. He deserves ALL of our worship & attention every day of the week. Our culture is comfortable with Jesus until He demands that they lay everything aside to follow Him alone. Jesus is inviting the disciples (and us) to understand who He truly is, which can only be done when we spend time with him daily.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. - Matthew 16:13-20