by Keith Krell

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Who is Jesus? (1 of 5)
Series: Who is This Jesus?
Keith Krell
Matthew 16:13-16

My dad has always enjoyed following baseball. As a result, I grew up watching baseball, playing baseball, and collecting baseball cards. In my 30 years as a fan I've watched many great players. Yet, if I were to rattle off some of my childhood favorites most of you would not recognize their names. Most of these players are long forgotten. They are yesterday's news. Bigger, stronger, quicker, and younger athletes have replaced them. This is a reality of the game.

When it comes to every form of sports and entertainment we see a revolving door of celebrities. It is out with the old and in with the new. However, there is an exception to this rule. His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus has defied human history for 2,000 years. He is the most talked about Person in this world. There has been more written about Jesus than anyone else in the world. There have been more songs sung about Jesus than anyone else in the world. There have been more movies made about Jesus than anyone else in the world. We are left with the conclusion that man's fame is fleeting, Christ's fame is forever.

We are going to answer the most important question in human history, "Who is Jesus?" The most critical issue of the Christian faith is the identity of Jesus of Nazareth. Christianity stands or falls on who Jesus Christ is. What He said, did, and taught are important but they are not foundational. Jesus' identity is. He is more than just the founder of Christianity; He is Christianity. If you substitute anyone else for Jesus—Christianity will collapse.

In Matthew 16, we find one of the most important passages in the entire Bible. This is the turning point in Jesus' earthly ministry. It is also the apex of His teaching ministry. Knowing the future, Jesus realized that His own death at Jerusalem was quickly approaching. He had, therefore, to enlist some representatives whom He could leave behind to carry o ...

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