Now when Yeshua came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" Matthew 16:13
Yeshua went out, with his disciples, into the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I am?" Mark 8:27
It happened, as Yeshua was praying alone, that the disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the multitudes say that I am?" Luke 9:18
Ok, so we can probably safely assume that this is an important question that Yeshua intended for us all to contemplate, that we might be led by reason and faith to draw the correct conclusion. Now in John 8:28, Yeshua makes a declaration in regards to this question:
Jesus therefore said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.
*To be lifted up, is a common mode of expression, among the Jewish writers, for to die, or to be killed.
And that I do nothing of myself - That is, you shall have proof that God has sent me; that I am the Messiah; and that God concurs with me and approves my doctrine. This proof was furnished by the miracles that attended the death of Jesus - the earthquake and darkness; but chiefly by his resurrection from the dead, which proved, beyond a doubt, that he was what he affirmed he was - the Messiah.
Some say he is a prophet, some say a good teacher, some say God Incarnate, some say a Myth, what say ye?