What do you think about Jesus?
(27) Caesarea Philippi is about 25 miles north of Bethsaida and the Sea of Galilee. It stand on the south edge of mount Hermon and is today called Banias. One of the sources of the Jordan River spring forth from under a large rocky cliff that raises one hundred or more feet above the village. Many idols were carved into the rock fa?ade
The contrast between Jesus Christ and these local gods was striking. What a perfect place for Christ to ask the following questions
Jesus asks His disciples:
Who do other say that I am?
Mark 6:30-44, 53-54
People were beginning to discuss who Jesus was from His miracles. (28) Their first opinion was without conviction. It only restated popular misconceptions and many people had come to have a bad opinion of Jesus
From ancient times this has been interpreted as a sneer as if to say ?We are not illegitimate children, but You are!? and evidently the gossip about His birth was widespread
Some thought His powers came from Satan
Some thought He was a good man but not the God-Man
Some thought that He and John the Baptist were the same person.
Some said He was like Elijah. They felt He came in the spirit of Elijah because of His miracles.
Some believed that He was like one of the prophets
Probably Jeremiah – because he shed tears for Israel
Those opinions did not bring the lifestyles of the people to a conviction in Jesus
Do we have an opinion or conviction about Jesus?
Who do you say that I am?
(29) Jesus asks the disciples for their understanding
The word ?you? is prominent in His question
John 6:15-21 (Mark 6:51-53)
Even during the storm they wondered what kind of man He was and Peter answers for the group when he says ?You are the Christ?
Jesus wanted His disciples to grasp firmly His true identity
Before He revealed to them the necessity of His coming death and resurrection
Christ was a title from the Old Testament
Jesus is the human name of our Lord
His title is Christ – ?The Messiah?
If the first question revealed an opinion without conviction
Then the second question revealed knowledge without understanding. What we believe about Jesus is so important that it affects the rest of our lives. Our lives are like a pyramid set on its point or apex
One decisions effects the rest and everyday we are living the result of past choices
We also make the same assumption that Peter and the disciples did
Their problem was that they didn?t stop think about the application of just Who Jesus is
Peter and the disciples had not counted on the things Jesus was saying
They were under the impression from scripture that the King – the Messiah was coming to establish His kingdom
They believed that Jesus was the Son of God but they didn?t think about what that meant to their lives
What difference in our lives has our faith in Jesus made?
We only believe what really motivates us.
Is my faith so real that it moves me?
What we truly believe is what molds us
It molds our character and defines our values
What we believe about Jesus ultimately decides our destiny
Jesus told His disciples that He was going to the cross
They didn?t want to hear it
They were always preoccupies with the kingdom
Jesus is telling them that there would be no kingdom without the cross
He died on the cross to give them access to the kingdom
by dying for their sins. We have no way of redeeming ourselves on our own
We are spiritually bankrupt
When He died all our sins were placed on Him
What do we really believe about Jesus?
How different am I from my neighbor?
Has Jesus moved into your life?
Is your lifestyle molded to be like His?
God must be at wok in our lives to be more like Him
Is Jesus your friend?
He is my friend
Abraham was called the friend of God
2 Chronicles 20:7
What does it mean to be a friend of God?
Believing God is the beginning to a friendship with God
What does believing mean?
We can know a little about Him but not know Him
(19) the demons believe
Even the demons know that there is one God
but they do not love Him
This kind of belief does not lead to love, submission, or obedience
Instead it leads to hatred, rebellion, and disobedience
Adam and Eve
God wanted to be their true friend
His desire was to be their friend
But love must be tested through obedience
They failed the test and brought sin into the world
Sin brought separation from God
But now He has made a way to bring fellowship back with us
through His Son
He loves us and He wants to have that fellowship with us again
the fellowship He had with man before sin entered the picture
Obeying God builds fellowship with Him
Abraham did not know where he was going, yet he trusted God
We must be single minded
Jesus must be Lord of our lives
Loving God blesses our friendship with Him
I need to be interested in what God is interested in
Jesus Christ – to know Him is to love Him
He is always with us – no matter what
He wants me to be salt and light to the world around me
When we get our will aligned with His is when we begin to see the world through the eyes of Jesus and then I will then begin to live my life directed by Him
Who am I?
Matthew 16:13 who do men say that I am? (The world)
Matthew 16:15 what does the world say about Me?
Jesus asked His Disciples this question. (Who do men say I am?) And the disciples gave a varied amount of answers
1. Elijah because of the miracles that He performed
2. John the Baptist because of the ministry of His preaching
3. Jeremiah because of the many times He wept for Jerusalem and for others
4. Some other prophet and here is where they were partially right. This was that prophet that Moses had told the children of Israel about
The problem was that the people who surrounded Jesus, including the disciples looked at Jesus through fleshly eyes and they could not understand that this Man of God was the God-Man. The Son of God.
That is what people thought back then and it has not changed much these days. The world still looks at our Lord and Savior through fleshy sinful eyes. Recently two things have surfaced in the national public eye.
One was the gospel of Judas. A gospel that makes Judas look like less than the betrayer that he was. It called to mind the movie that ABC showed not too long ago almost about the same thing. Judas looked like the ringleader behind Jesus and Jesus looked like a whiny, hippie, weakling who had no real power from God.
The other is the Davinci Code. This book is a work of fiction, yet people have taken it and are running with it. It proposes that Jesus did not die on the cross. It also proposes that He married Mary Magdalene and that they moved to France and had a little girl. Need I say more?
The funny thing is that the hype for both of these things was enormous. People could not get enough of them. News reports, talk shows, blogs, numerous DVD?s to answer them, yet no one seemed eager to understand what the word of God had to say. No one in the world seemed to care what the truth was. It seems that the world will use anything they can to get at Jesus and take His true identity away. Here are a few examples of what the world thinks.
The Gnostic hearsay was around at the time John wrote this Gospel and his epistles
The Gnostics said that all physical matter was bad and that only spiritual matter was good
So it gave way to men thinking that sin was ok because man was physical and so if he sinned it was not his fault
Man also thought that if Jesus were really God then He would not have had a physical body. They believed and taught that He didn’t leave footprints and that He just faked eating food, but John tells us otherwise
1Jo 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jo 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us
1Jo 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jo 1:4 and these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Another false belief at the time was that the Christ persona only came onto Jesus at His baptism and that it left Him just before His crucifixion, meaning only a man died on the cross and nothing more.
Jesus was fully God and fully man. He is the God man
The Gnostics were wrong and the cultist is wrong. All cults pretty much evolved from Gnosticism
The humanists attack Genesis 1:1. Man does not want to believe in God because if there is a God then man is accountable to Him
If we don’t recognize our Creator. If we don’t recognize we are a created being. If we say that we evolved from the muck. If we say that we came from the animals, then we can do what we want. We can live like the animals because that is where we came from.
He is eternally God
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Whenever it was. He was already there
He is equally God
Peter spoke up and gave Jesus the right answer.
Do we know the right answer?
What do I say about Jesus in my walk, as an ambassador for the Kingdom of