by Andrew McQuitty

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How to Know the Real Jesus (4 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 2:22-41

Sometimes we tend to believe about Jesus whatever serves our interests and needs at the time. Like the multitudes who followed Him, we're tempted to seek in Jesus a faddish guru or wonder-working magician who delivers what we want. But such identifications serve our own selfish interests, not the truth. The question should not be, "Who do you want Jesus to be?", but "Who, after all, is He?"

Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this Jesus whom you crucified (Peter, Acts 2.36).


Introduction: How to know the real Jesus

I don't know about you, but I used to love the Lone Ranger ! On every show Kimosabi vanquished scrupulous outlaws in company with music from the William Tell Overture, a horse rearing to the call of "Hi ho, Silver!", and the faithful Tonto as sidekick. Never once did he lose a fight or act rudely to a lady or speak a disparaging word.

And never once did anyone figure out his true identity, which I never understood because that flimsy little mask didn't cover up very much! The biggest mystery to me, though, was the inevitable question raised at the end of each and every episode. Unique and famous as the Lone Ranger was, someone always asked: "Who is that masked man?!" Where had these people been?!

The same could be said about Jesus Christ. It seemed that no matter how long He was on the scene, there were always folks who were ignorant of who he was. Their constant amazement at Jesus' miracles and teaching implies the ongoing question: "Who is this masked man? People wonder the same thing today. The extraordinary events in the lives of Jesus' disciples in Acts 2 once again raised this question in the minds of people, and Peter answered it. In so doing, he teaches us how to know the real Jesus. . .

Forget who you want Jesus to b ...

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