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October 5, 2014 | WHO IS JESUS? (SERIES: When Jesus Is Not Who You Think - Part 1)

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Matthew 16:13-18; Luke 9:20

 


The Christian faith centers on Christ - not a system of theology or ethics, no a creed or a ritual, but a Person, a unique Person.  Jesus is what makes Christianity different from religion.  The Christian faith has wonderful teachings, loft ethics, a system of theology, rituals and creeds, BUT the Christian faith IS Jesus.  Take Jesus out of the Christian faith, and you have nothing left.  To be a Christian is not simply to join an organization, subscribe to a creed, or perform certain rituals.  To be a Christian is to believe in Jesus and maintain a day-by-day relationship with Him.

 

Chuck Colson was a member of President Richard Nixon’s cabinet.  He was reputed to be a ruthless, hard-hearted “hatchet man.”  He was involved in the Watergate scandal and was sentenced to a short time in prison.  While imprisoned, he surrendered his life to Christ and was changed completely.  The hard-hearted hatchet man of the White House became a compassionate helping hand of God’s kingdom.

 

For many years, Colson has had an effective and fruitful ministry among the inmates of America’s prisons.  Before his conversion, Colson would have considered himself as a Christian.  But it wasn’t until Colson came into a personal relationship with Jesus that his life was changed.  Jesus makes all the difference in the world.  He has done something for us and can do something in us that no one else can do!

 

Matthew 16:13-18 - “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi,   He asked His disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is’” 14 And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ 15 ’But you,’ He asked them, ‘who do you say that I am’ 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” 17 And Jesus responded, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.  18 And I also say to you that you are Peter,  and on this rock  I will build My church,  and the forces  of Hades will not overpower it.”

 

 Jesus question, “Who do you say that I am?” is one everyone of us must ask.  The answer will determine our relationship to him.

 

 

Who Do YOU say that I Am:

 

  1. Is He Just a Man?  Many thought him as a mere human.
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    1. In his home town of Nazareth they asked: “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?  Isn’t His mother called Mary, and His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, aren’t they all with us? So where does He get all these things?” (Matt. 13:55-56).
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    3. Another time, Jesus asked the Pharisees: “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?”  “David’s,” they told Him.  (Matt. 22:42)
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    5. Jesus was a man in every way and experience.
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    7. He met our sorrows and temptations, suffered our hunger and thirst.
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    9. He identified with our humanity (in the manger, with our toil (at the carpenter’s bench), with our poverty (no place to lay his head), with our temptations (in the wilderness), with our sin (on the cross).
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    11. He met life as a human being, with no greater resources than we have at our disposal.
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    13. He was called “the Son of Man.”
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    15. He is a man all right, but so much more than a man.
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  3. Is He Just a Teacher?  Jesus certainly was a teacher.
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    1. “A man named Nicodemus call on Jesus one night:  “Rabbi,  we know that You have come from God  as a teacher,  for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him” (John 3:2).
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    3. “When Jesus had finished this sermon, the crowds were astonished at His teaching,  29because He was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.”  (Matthew 7:28-29)
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  5. Is He Just a Prophet?
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    1. The disciples responded to Jesus question: “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  (Matt 16:14)
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    3. “When He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken, saying, “Who is this?” 11And the crowds kept saying, “This is the prophet Jesus  from Nazareth in Galilee!”  (Matt. 21:10-11)
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    5. “They asked the blind man,  “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” “He’s a prophet,”  he said.” (John 9:17)
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    7. The woman at the well said, “I see that You are a prophet.” (John 4:19)
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    9. Jesus referred to himself as a prophet: “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.”
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    11. Even Muslims recognize Jesus as a prophet.

 

 

Jesus is more than Teacher and Prophet, He is God in human flesh.

 

  1. Jesus is the God who became a man.
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  3. Jesus is our Savior - our Redeemer.
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    1. The angel said to Joseph: “...you are to name Him Jesus,  b because He will save His people from their sins.”  (Matt. 1:21)
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    3. The angels said to the shepherds:  “Today a Savior,  who is Messiah  the Lord,  was born for you in the city of David.” (Luke 2:11)
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    5. Peter told the Sanhedrin: “Today a Savior,  who is Messiah  the Lord,  was born for you in the city of David.” (Acts 5:31)
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  5. Jesus Christ is the means to our Salvation.
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    1. “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.” (Acts 4:12).
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    3. “For there is one God and one mediator  between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, Himself human, 6 who gave Himself—a ransom for all” (1 Tim 2:15-16)
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    5. Jesus says, “I am  the way,  the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).

 

 

Many have missed the joy and power inherent in the Christian life because while understanding the principles, they have missed the Person.  We must begin and proceed with Jesus.

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