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