Luke 9:18-22 Who is Jesus to You?
Intro: Throughout History men have debated the identity of Jesus & have had varying viewpoint concerning who He was
Renan as "the greatest among the sons of men,"
18 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying,"Who do the crowds say that I am?"
19 So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again."
Here we see Jesus asking His disciples a very important question - Who do the crowds say that I am?
As we consider this passage SIX things to note.
1stVARYING VIEWPOINTS in Jesus day/
A) Some said John the Baptist - John had been beheaded by Herod
C) Jesus message was similar to Johns they both preached REPENTENCE
Others said no it is Elijah or one of the others prophets -
display of miraculous power w/ Elijah
Messiah came - ( Jesus said John the Baptist was the fulfillment of that prophecy.)
In the apocryphal book of 2 Maccabees (Ch. 2) Jeremiah is said to have taken the Ark of the Covenant & the altar of incense out of the Temple
C) Some of the people perhaps saw in Jesus something of the character and message of John Baptist. Some saw in Him the fire and intensity of Elijah;
So first there were Varying viewpoints in Jesus day -
2nd - There are varying viewpoints in our day & age - There is a lot of discussion taking place today concerning the identity of Jesus Christ -
B) There are 3 "redefinitions" of Jesus that are gaining prominence today.
C) One is The mythical Jesus. This redefinition is the product of the Jesus Seminar, which boasts 200"scholars" & broad media coverage.
1) Black means the voter thinks the Bible is simply wrong.
F) As a result, the Jesus Seminar has denied the virgin birth, the Resurrection, the ascension, and many of the miracles of Jesus.
Then there is The New Age Jesus. This version of Jesus is specially designed to appeal to the New Age vision of universal harmony.
original sin or hell.
Then there is The Jesus of color. Now we know that being a Jew that Jesus was certainly not blue-eyed blonde hair - white anglo saxon
"was black and came to save blacks from inherently evil whites."
of historical, cultural, and racial identity."
3rd thing we want to note is that Jesus makes the issue is a Personal issue - v.20 Well after hearing what the people thought - Jesus asked His disciples -who do you say that I am?
how we relate to Him
B) What is most important for you is NOT what others think about Jesus/ not what the JS says or some New age Guru / Or Prof. In college religion class
Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God."
B) On another occasion - after Jesus had given a pretty strong teaching many people - left - canít handle this - stopped following Him
words of Life !!!!!!!!
We sing that song here sometimes No one but you Lord can satisfy the longing in my heart Ö.. Only you can fill my deepest longing - only you can breath in me new life / only you can fill my heart w/ laughter / only you can answer my hearts cry.
Any person who is going to be a true follower of Jesus Christ must come to that place in His heart -
forgiven / guilt removed Void filled -
4th Thing to Consider is How did Peter get this UNDERSTANDING ?
How did Peter come upon this information?
A) MATTHEW records for us the response of Jesus to Peter's answer in doing so gives the answer to that question
Mt 16:17Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven..
ANALYZED and FIGURED OUT on his own
1) This is something that was revealed to Peter from heaven
NOTE: The same revelation is necessary today/ A PERSON CAN NOT be argued into faith in Jesus Christ/ talk into believing / someone talk you out!
the world, you have to have that truth REVEALED to you by God
B) IF you believe in Jesus today, itís not because someone was so convincing
in their presentation of the Gospel that you couldn't help but believe
way as to plant saving faith into your heart
1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
Preached nothing but Jesus Christ & Him Crucified
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
God who became man
APPLICATION: We MUST NEVER rely upon methods or mans wisdom to see people come to Jesus
A) We must depend totally upon the work of the Holy Spirit
Crusade & at the Purity Conference. PRAY PRAY PRAY.
QUESTION: Have Your eyes been opened? Who do you say that Jesus is? Is He It! He is the one you have put your trust in?
A) Does He have Your heart? Is He your MESSIAH?
JESUS The more I know of Jesus the more committed I will be to Jesus.
follow Him as long as I donít find something that fits my lifestyle better.
said & take what fits into my philosophy of living
are going well I donít need Him.
my salvation / but not for any other area of my life.
But if I truly believe that He is exactly who He claimed to be - GOD IN THE FLESH. The Sovereign one - the creator -
A) The ruler of Heaven & earth - the Messiah - the only way to HEAVEN -
& will make Him the Lord of my life.
5th & 6th Things we want to consider today - Is why were the People so confused about Jesus & why are people confused today?
A) Now It is interesting, that in all of the SPECULATION concerning Jesus,
that there were NONE that speculated that He was the Messiah
B) It is surprising that the disciples did NOT say: "Accordingto the poll taken at your last miracle, there are quite a few who think that you are the Messiah"
E) Remember, His last miracle was the feeding of the 5,000/ That took place after the raising from the dead of Jairaus' daughter / woman w/ issue blood
1) One would think that they would begin to catch on that Jesus was the
Now Jesus was doing all those things so why didnít they see that He was the Messiah?
to come & deliver them from their oppressors / the Romans
b) Not some guy who was born in a Barn & was the Son of a Carpenter.
C) To Put it plainly -Jesus didnít fit that mold -
ultimately they do not want to answer to Him.
Ultimately they donít want to deal w/ the issue of sin. They donít want to admit that they need a savior - in doing so admitting sinners
But that is the issue - Jesus reveals that here. v. 21,22
21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one,
22 saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."
Now this is interesting you would thing that after this great Rev. that Peter had that Jesus would say - Go out again & tell everyone
implication was of Jesus being Messiah
1) That He was going to die - that He was going to a cross /
C) Today is Palm Sunday - Crowds Hosanna ÖÖ Lord -
Same Crowds at the end of the week - shouting - CRUCIFY HIM
1) TALK ABOUT CONFUSED
1) Jesus came to give up His life. Jesus came to pay the price.