Who is He To You? by Daniel Rodgers

Who is He To You?
Dan Rodgers
Matthew 16:13-16
Sunday, September 2, 2007

TEXT: Matthew 16:13-16, 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.

INTRODCUTION: The backdrop for this story takes place in Caesarea Philippi. Caesarea Philippi (not to be confused with Caesarea by the Sea) was a city located in the upper Jordan Valley along the southwestern slopes of Mt. Hermon. On one of our trips to Israel, our group stopped by to visit this ancient spot.

During the time of Jesus, Caesarea was a city given over to idol worship. When we were there, we saw a giant cave that had once been dedicated to the god, Pan. When Herod the Great was king of the Jews, he built a temple out of white marble near the same spot and dedicated it to Emperor Augustus.1

It was under this setting that Jesus asked this important question. He turned to His disciples and asked, 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.

I would like to ask you this question this morning,
"Who is He to you?" Please consider three things:

I. Peter's Revealing Answer
II. Man's Typical Answers
III. Our Determinant Answers

I. PETER'S REVEALING ANSWER

"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16). Peter recognized who Jesus was--He was the Christ, the "Anointed One, the "Sent One," the promised Messiah. He also recognize ...


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