Sunday Morning Podcast Sept 30, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 16:13-16
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
The question from Jesus, to His disciples, “essentially” was, …”Who Am I?” There is a lot going on around us that causes us to consider this, and also where we are, and what we are doing. If the Lord has saved you, right in this moment you know the Lord is God! Whatever is going on….He is God! Four possibilities that have been considered regarding who Jesus is, are. 1) Lord, 2) Liar, 3) Lunatic, and 4) Legend. These questions deserve an answer …for all that are seeking Truth. Stay with this question (Who Am I?) because God wants to answer us. Satan presents the false answer, Liar, Lunatic, or Legend. He doesn’t want you to study to prove yourself. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 Satan attempts to bring doubts to our minds. So the question is, ….”Who do YOU say Jesus is?” “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28 Jesus spoke this. Keeping the word of God is what will create a blessing! If you keep faith, confidence in God, and His Word, you will receive a blessing. Jesus claims He’s both the Word (noun), and also He’s essentially a verb, because of His actions to back His Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word WAS God. The word “was” here, implies an action. Just as in, “Jesus is the great I AM!”
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith! God is bigger than anything we can comprehend. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 For the Author and Finisher of our faith, is Jesus Himself! God is bigger than ‘all’ the written words in the bible. Even if endless volumes were written, they cannot adequately describe God. Yet, the bible is the revelation, that gives us access to Him. Our faith …is our ultimate strength. Jesus’s Word is everything that we need. And just as divinely important, ..more than anything else written. It is the very key to how we can be saved. The bible is the word of God! It becomes how we answer the question, ” Who is Jesus?” Who do you claim He is? You can only claim Him as Lord, when you embrace Him as God. That is the only acceptable answer to “Who” is Jesus?
What’s your answer? What is Jesus to you? Are you His child? Who Is Jesus?