Sunday night, August 22nd 2010 our Church – Faith United Church – will be hosting the Hemptead, Texas Ministerial Alliance quarterly community service. I am also preaching the message. Here is the manuscript to the sermon.
The power of the revealed Jesus.
Matthew 16:13-18 ESV – (13) Now when Jesus came into the district 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 say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” (15) He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (16) Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (17) And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (18) And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
INTRODUCTION: Today we are going to be tackling this age old question: Who is Jesus? Many people have very different opinions about Him; there are possibly many different opinions about who is Jesus of Nazareth here tonight. And while I won’t present all the different opinions, in this sermon I want to unpack our text we read, and in the process ask this question: not of us, but of Scripture itself. Let’s begin.
Who do people say Jesus is?
Matthew 16:13-14 ESV – (13) Now when Jesus came into the district 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 say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
Let’s unpack these two verses and apply them to modern times for a few moments.
Unpacking verses 13-14:
- John the Baptist – a great preacher. Some people view Jesus as a great spokesman, teacher, or preacher, coming to earth to preach a message.
- Elijah – A miracle worker. To some, Jesus was nothing more than a miracle worker, He somehow tapped into something greater than Himself to heal people and do good while on this earth.
- Jeremiah – a compassionate prophet. Some view Jesus as a man, full of compassion, who came with a positive, caring message for the world.
Now the thing about all these revelations concerning Jesus is: they are all flawed representations of Him. Let’s move on to our next few verses.
Who do you say He is?
Matthew 16:15-16 ESV – (15) He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (16) Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Here Simon Peter answers when the other disciples wouldn’t. His answer was one of those, out on a limb type of answers, in fact Jesus said where is answer came from.
Matthew 16:17 ESV – And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
Now, even in this setting of people from different churches, this can still be a dangerous question; Why? Well, because if the Father has not revealed the reality of who Jesus is to you, your answer is going to be wrong…period!
So does the Father still reveal who Jesus is to people today? You betcha! He reveals Him through His word.
Let’s ask Scripture: “Who is Jesus Christ?”
I am confident, as we ask this question to Holy Scripture, that EVERY question will be answered to who Jesus really is. Here we go.
Scripture answers the question:
- Genesis – Creator.
- Exodus – Deliverer.
- Leviticus – The Sin Sacrifice.
- Numbers – The Cloud by day, the Pillar of Fire by night.
- Deuteronomy – The Prophet like Moses Himself.
- Joshua – The Commander of the Army of the Lord.
- Judges – The Punisher of the wicked; the Deliverer of the righteous.
- Ruth – Our Kinsman-Redeemer.
- 1 Samuel – The Voice of the Lord which calls out to His children.
- 2 Samuel – The Son of David.
- 1 Kings – Our Perfect Prophet , Priest, and King.
- 2 Kings – the Lord God of Elijah.
- 1 Chronicles – The Temple of the Living God.
- 2 Chronicles – The Sacrifice that stops the plague of sin.
- Ezra – The great spiritual Reformer which calls us to repentance.
- Nehemiah – The Repairer of the broken down walls that separate us from God.
- Esther – Our Mediator.
- Job – The One who suffered greatly, and was humbled and stripped of all He had, but in the end was restored and became the Intercessor for His friends.
- Psalms – He is the Perfect Song sung by the Perfect Singer.
- Proverbs – The Wisdom of God.
- Ecclesiastes – The great Preacher.
- Song of Solomon – The Lover of our souls.
- Isaiah – the suffering Servant.
- Jeremiah – The weeping Prophet weeping over our sins.
- Lamentations – The Tear shed by God Himself.
- Ezekiel – The One who raises the dead from the valley of dry bones.
- Daniel – the fourth Man in the fire.
- Hosea – the One married to the backslidden whore.
- Joel – He is the great and awesome day of the Lord.
- Amos – He is judgment, righteousness, and justice.
- Obadiah – Our Savior.
- Jonah – He is the One who has compassion and calls all people to repentance.
- Micah – He is our Messiah.
- Nahum – God’s judgment on sin and evil.
- Habakkuk – He is the reviver of God’s work in our midst.
- Zephaniah – He is the Lord God in our midst.
- Haggai – The Lord’s house.
- Zechariah – The Lord’s servant and the true shepherd.
- Malachi – the Rebuker of the devourer.
- Matthew – The King of the Jews.
- Mark – the Son of Man.
- Luke – The Redeemer of the Gentiles.
- John – The Word of God made flesh.
- Acts – The Baptizer in the Holy Spirit.
- Romans – Grace greater than all of our sin.
- 1 Corinthians – The Giver of Spiritual gifts.
- 2 Corinthians – He is the focus of our relationship with God.
- Galatians – our justifier before a Holy God.
- Ephesians – Our Armor of God.
- Philippians – Our Joy, the substance of life itself.
- Colossians – The mystery of God revealed.
- 1 Thessalonians – Our soon coming King.
- 2 Thessalonians – The source of grace and peace.
- 1 Timothy – Our Mentor.
- 2 Timothy – Our faithful Pastor.
- Titus – The builder of His church.
- Philemon – Our beloved brother who forgives and frees those enslaved to sin.
- Hebrews – Our heavenly High Priest and Sacrificial Lamb.
- James – Our Healer.
- 1 Peter – He is the fruit and victory of our suffering.
- 2 Peter – He is longsuffering, not wishing that any perish, but come to repentance.
- 1 John – Our Advocate with the Father.
- 2 John – He is our fellowship with God.
- 3 John – He is love.
- Jude – the Lord who comes with 10,000 of His saints.
- Revelation – The King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords!
No offense, but compared to what Scripture reveals about Jesus – our interpretations about Him and opinions about Him are about as useful and cow dung at a wedding!
Hell itself cannot stand against this revelation of Jesus from Scripture.
Matthew 16:18 ESV – And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Now let me be straight with you; contrary to what some believe, this rock the church is built on is not some flawed man like Peter, or Paul, or John, but it is built on the revelation of Jesus Christ through Scripture. It is this revelation that Hell will not stand before, but must bowed it’s wicked knee too and declare, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”
CONCLUSION: Who is Jesus? More than our minds can conceive or imagine; more than man’s puny opinions of Him; He is all the Scripture says about Him. It is time we stop forming opinions based on our sinful nature, and start submitting to what Scripture says concerning Him.