by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591

"Who Is Jesus?"
Matthew 16:13-16
Print 285, CT 109222

Who- was making history 2,000 years ago? Was it the Greek statesmen. or the
Roman senators? Probably very few of you, unless you are a historian, would know
their names. Or who was the Roman emperor 2,000 years ago? There is one thing for
sure- Everybody here knows who Jesus is. And He just lived to be, thirty-three years of
age; He was a carpenter's son; He was itinerant, moving around in one little tiny nation;
He never owned anything; He didn't have an army or navy. Yet, you mention the name
of Jesus today around the world and millions revere Him, respect Him and have
reserved the highest loyalties of their lives to Jesus Christ because they've answered
the question, 'Who's Jesus?' Have you?
Jesus asked that question. He asked it to His disciples. They were in a little
place called Caesarea Philippi. That's about 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.
Today you read so much about the Golan Heights. It's up in that direction. It was a
border town because just north of that you ran into the Roman-Greek influence, the
pagan world, the Gentile world and just south of it you ran into Jewish country. There
Jesus was with His disciples and they were in this town where on a hill there is a
temple built for a Greek god named Pan. In the presence of that temple and the people
going in and out to worship, Jesus said, "Who are the people saying that I am?" That
is a legitimate question. They were out in the market places of life just like we are, in
places of commerce, industry, business, school. Wherever we are, we're out there
among the people and we listen. They were asking and Jesus asked, and sometimes
people ask us, "Really, who is Jesus?"
So He said, "What's the people's opinion?" So, they gave Him their opinion.
"Some of our people say you're John; some sa ...

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