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The Simple Truth about Jesus (3 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
One day Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do men say that I am?"
It's a question that each of us must answer, and how we view Jesus is no small matter. In fact, the identity of Christ is the foundation of our faith. Jesus claimed that he was the rock the church is built upon. No structure can be strong unless it's built on a solid foundation. For this reason, we must understand who Christ is, for if our understanding is flawed, the gospel won't truly be understood. If our understanding is flawed, our faith will also be flawed. Let's begin with Luke 9:18-22
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."
20 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God."
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."
In Matthew's gospel, we are told that Jesus said that Peter was blessed, for flesh and blood didn't reveal this to Peter, but the Father in heaven has done so. The true revelation of Christ comes from above.
Who is Jesus? His identity was in dispute during his lifetime, and it's still in dispute among the world today. I say, in dispute, but the dispute is among those who do not know him. To those who know Christ, that identity is revealed to us through the Holy Spirit, and through the scriptures (which is also by the Holy Spirit8). "Who do you say that I am?" It's a question every person must answer in their heart.
Some are thrown by the fact that Jesus didn't openly proclaim his identity. In John 10:24, the Jews confronted Jesus and sai ...
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