QUESTION: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST TO YOU? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT WHO JESUS IS TO ALL HUMANITY? AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Intro.1. Jesus has always been many things to people (misguided Rabbi; social revolutionary, great moral teacher, Messiah, Son of God…), Matt. 16:13-16. 2. Matt. 22:41-46: “What do you think about the Christ?” deserves more than a casual, customary or traditional response. a. We must know the object of our faith, 2 Tim. 1:12; Jno. 14:7-11. b. Whether or not Jesus is the object of your faith affects your eternal judgment, 2 Ths. 1:8-9. 3. Christians know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God with whom we are united, Jno. 17:21; Rom. 6:5; Gal. 2:20; 4:19. 4. What Christ is and ought to be to everyone. I. OUR SAVIOR, Lk. 2:11 (Acts 4:12). A. Came to Save the Lost, Lk. 19:10. 1. Lost in sin, Matt. 1:21. (Sin destroys happiness, safety & the soul; cf. Eden.) 2. Savior of the world, Jno. 4:42 (Rom. 3:23). 3. Salvation from God’s just wrath against sin, Rom. 5:9. B. Sacrifice for the Sins of the World, 1 Jno. 2:2; Rom. 5:6-11. C. Will Save All Who Believe, 1 Tim. 4:10. II. OUR LORD, Eph. 4:5; Phil. 2:9-11. A. A Ruler: He Exercises Dominion, Matt. 22:42-45 (Psa. 110:1); 28:18 (Eph. 1:21-23). 1. He has a will we are to understand and obey, Eph. 5:17. 2. His will is not hidden; it is revealed, Jno. 12:48. 3. Our submission to his will is mandatory, Phil. 2:10-11. B. A Master: We are in His Service, Matt. 23:10-12. 1. The nature of our service to the Master, Eph. 6:5-8: a. Reverent, obedient, singular devotion, from the heart, with goodwill. b. Just as the Lord rewards the faithful servants of men, He will reward his faithful servants (Matt. 24:45-47). 2. Christians humbly & faithfully serve Jesus as their Ruler and Master (Lk. 17:5-10). III. OUR MODEL, 1 Pet. 2:21. A. Jesus has Walked the Path before us: 1. Humility, Jno. 13:12-17 (Phil. 2:1-5). 2. Love, Jno. 13:34 (Eph. 5:1-2). 3. Sacrifice, Eph. 5:25. 4. Patient endurance, 1 Pet. 2:18-21. B. Always Look to Jesus, 1 Jno. 2:6; Heb. 12:1-3 (1 Cor. 11:1). IV. OUR LIFE, Col. 3:4. A. Source of Life, (originator, “Prince of life”, Acts 3:15); Jno. 1:4; 6:51. B. Strength & Sustainer of our Life, Phil. 1:21; Gal. 2:20. -Think, speak, behave, love, serve, give – Live as he lived. V. OUR LOVE, Jno. 14:15. A. Our Actions will Define our Love, Jno. 14:19-24. 1. Obedience to his commands – Love & fellowship. 2. Obedience is not “legalism” – It is our expression of love for God! 3. Love put into action assures our hearts, 1 Jno. 3:16-19. VI. OUR PEACE, Jno. 16:33. [Prince of peace] A. Jesus is our Peace with God and Man, Eph. 2:13-18. 1. One body (of peace); the church, 2:14-16. 2. Means of our peace with God, 2:16-18 (Rom. 5:1). B. A Peace not of this World, Jno. 14:27. 1. His peace gives courage and comfort to man’s heart, Phil. 4:6-7. 2. His peace is to rule in your heart, Col. 3:15. VII. OUR HOPE OF GLORY, Col. 1:27 (1 Tim. 1:1). A. The Christian’s Hope, Rom. 5:2 (1 Pet. 1:3). -Our only desire and expectation of future, eternal happiness is Jesus (Heb. 2:10). B. The Christian’s Glory, Col. 3:4; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Jno. 3:2-3. 1Cor 15:19
CONCLUSION1. What do you think about the Christ? Whose son he is? (Matt. 22:42) 2. What is Christ to you?