Jesus is the Christ
Journey through the Bible: Jesus is the Christ
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:15-18 "But what about you?" Jesus asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." #1054
Introduction: Last time we saw that we need to give our hearts to Jesus. Matt. 15 #1053 Today we see the great confession that Jesus is the Christ. Matthew 16 #1054
Many are again following Jesus after He fed the four thousand, The Pharisees and Sadducees start to demand signs of Jesus to prove that He is the Christ. Only sign they will receive is that of Jonah.
Proposition: We are to Confess Jesus as our Christ (Messiah).
T.S.: We must believe in His power.
I. We are to believe in Jesus as the Christ.
-Matthew 16:1-12 #1054
-The demand for a sign. We will believe if we can only see a sign.
-Only the sign of Jonah will they receive.
-The disciples are still coming to faith in Jesus as the Christ. V. 5-12
II. We are to confess Jesus as the Christ.
-Matthew 16:13-20 #1054
-There are many voices out there trying to tell us who Jesus is.
-We must listen to the one voice that matters.
-Our foundation is the fact that Jesus is the Son of the living God.
-Jesus establishes His church on this foundation. Ephesians 1:22-23 #1251
III. We must never let our doubt get in the way of God's purpose.
-Matthew 16:21-28. #1055
-When you think of the power of God what do you visualize?
-Jesus told the disciples of suffering, death and resurrection.
-Jesus rebukes Peter as the evil one. We must not be a stumbling block.
-Instead we must take up our cross and follow Jesus.
-We get to see that the kingdom is established at the resurrection of Jesus.
Let us believe in the mighty power of God to resurrect Jesus and confess Him as Christ.