S.O.A.P. Matthew 16:20

S – Then He ordered His disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah.”

O – Jesus warned the disciples not to publicize Peter’s confession, that Jesus is the Son of God/The Messiah, because they did not yet fully understand the kind of Messiah He had come to be – not a military commander, but a suffering servant. They needed to come to a full understanding of Jesus and their mission as disciples before they could proclaim it to others in a way that would not cause a rebellion. They would have a difficult time understanding what Jesus came to do until His earthly mission was complete.