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1 Title: WHO DO YOU SAY I AM? (Review of Messages E1-11, the Life of Jesus) Space for Notes: (Yours and ours) Theme: People who hear the story of Jesus must choose how they will respond to him. Bible Basis: Matthew 16:13-17 CEV; 2 Peter 1:16-18; 1 John 1:1-4 Outline: Introduction: A review of Jesus life (what we learned about him in the previous eleven messages) 1. We must decide what we believe about Jesus A. He is the Messiah (Savior) B. He is the Son of God 2. We must believe the answer of Simon Peter and the other disciples because they were eyewitnesses Introduction: In our last few messages we have been studying the teaching and life of Jesus. What did we discover? His birth was foretold by angels. His mother Mary was a virgin who gave birth to Jesus, God s Son, through the power of the Holy Spirit. A great man of God named John the Baptist told the people of Israel to prepare for Jesus ministry. He told them to stop sinning and return to the ways that please God. Then he baptized them as a sign that God forgave their sins. For forty days in the wilderness the devil tempted Jesus to disobey God, but Jesus resisted. God approved Jesus. Then he started to teach and heal people. People who knew Jesus claim that he never sinned during his whole life. Jesus was God s great teacher. He gave good news to the people about God s desire to forgive sinners and restore their relationship to him. He told people how to love God completely and love other people as much as they love themselves. Jesus did great miracles. He healed sick and crippled people and cast out demons. Great crowds of people traveled to see Jesus. Some wanted to be healed. Others wanted to hear him teach and answer questions. Some were just curious. Others were sincerely Page 1

2 seeking God. The religious leaders felt threatened by Jesus growing popularity. They were determined to keep their hold on the common people. So they had him arrested. Then they insisted that the Roman political leaders should execute him on a cross. Jesus was falsely accused, tortured and executed. But three days later he rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples various times for 40 days. He gave his disciples instructions to share his message with everyone and make new followers of Jesus in every nation. Then he disappeared in a cloud and went to heaven. 1. Now the important question is, what do you think of Jesus? Now that you have heard the story of Jesus, think about how you will respond to him. Did Jesus speak the truth? If not, we should call him a liar and refuse to listen to him. If he is the way, the truth and the life as he claimed, we should trust him. Was Jesus a true religious teacher from God? If so, we should listen to his teachings. Was Jesus a holy man? Then we should imitate his holy life. Was Jesus the Christ, God s appointed Savior? If so, we should believe in him, obey him and ask him to save us from our sins. This is what Matthew, one of Jesus first followers, wrote about him in the Bible: When Jesus and his disciples were near the town of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them, What do people say about (me) the Son of Man? * The disciples answered, Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet. *Jesus called himself the Son of Man to emphasize his human nature and to show that he was the One mentioned in Daniel 7: Then Jesus asked them, But who do you say I am? Simon Peter spoke up, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus told him: Page 2

3 Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn t discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven. Is God showing you now who Jesus is? Matthew 16:13-17 CEV *Prophets were people God through whom God spoke to his people. Jesus disciples told him what people were saying about him. John the Baptist was a great prophet* whom Jesus knew personally. A political ruler murdered John for criticizing his sins. People thought Jesus was John the Baptist returned from the dead. Other people thought he was one of the honored Old Testament prophets like Elijah or Jeremiah. These men lived hundreds of years before Jesus. The people honored them greatly. Then Jesus asked the disciples who they thought Jesus was. Simon, one of the disciples, could not deny who Jesus was. Simon said, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:16). What does Messiah mean? A. Simon Peter said Jesus is the Messiah. The Messiah was the Deliverer (Savior, rescuer) God promised to send to save people from their sins. He would be the king who would rule believers forever. Peter realized that Jesus is that Christ, and says so. Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah. B. Simon Peter also said Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is more than a person like you and me. He is God. He is the one who brings us together with God. He is the mediator, the bridge that links us to God. Jesus told Simon Peter that he was right and that it was God who showed Simon this truth about Jesus. People all over the world today argue about who Jesus is. Is he only a great teacher? Is he only a famous prophet? Is he just another man? Some people reject him completely. Others admire him but do not believe he was God s Son. But Christians believe Jesus was who he claimed to be, the Son of God, God s appointed Savior for all people. 2. We believe the answer of Simon Peter and the other disciples because they were eyewitnesses. They saw Jesus with their own eyes. They Page 3

4 know what he did. Listen to what Peter wrote shortly before he was killed for Jesus sake: For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming again. We have seen his majestic splendor with our own eyes. And he received honor and glory from God the Father when God s glorious, majestic voice called down from heaven, This is my beloved Son; I am fully pleased with him. We ourselves heard the voice when we were there with him on the holy mountain. 2 Peter 1:16-18, NLT John was another close friend of Jesus. Listen to his description of his personal contact with Jesus in the summary of his book about Jesus life: The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life. This one who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and announce to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was shown to us. We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy will be complete. 1 John 1:1-4, NLT Jesus worked many other miracles for his disciples, and not all of them are written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you will put your faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. If you have faith in him, you will have true life. Jesus did many other things. If they were all written in books, I don t suppose there would be room enough in the whole world for all the books. John 20:30-31; 21:25, CEV There you have it. Eyewitnesses say that a man named Jesus did miracles, claimed to be God s Son and rose from the dead. Many of these eyewitnesses died painful deaths because they believed in Jesus. Will we ignore Page 4

5 their powerful testimonies, or will we listen carefully to their words? My prayer is that everyone who listens to this broadcast will come to know and believe in Jesus, the One who is eternal life. Prayer: Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to earth. I believe he is your Son, the Messiah who saves me from my sins. I want to thank him for saving me by obeying his teachings. In his name, Amen. Page 5

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