Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What Is Our Answer?



Mark 8:27-30

The Lord Jesus asked His disciples 2 questions.

The 1st question was about what others said about Him.

The 2nd was about their personal opinions about Him.

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The Lord Jesus Asked A Probing Question (27-28)

The Lord Jesus and His disciples were around Caesarea Philippi.

This was a predominately Gentile area.

It was steeped in pagan religion.

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Here, the Lord Jesus chose to make a fuller revelation of Himself to His disciples.

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The Lord Jesus’ first question was this: “Who do people say I am?”

The Lord Jesus wanted to use the opinions of others to make the disciples to form their own opinions of who He was.

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The disciples replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

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The Lord Jesus Asked A Personal Question (29-30)

The Lord Jesus then asked their personal opinions of Him.

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This was the moment of truth!

Everything He had taught and shown them had been leading up to this moment in time.

Every miracle was leading to this moment in time.

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Their response would let Him know how effective His personal ministry to them had been.

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The Lord Jesus Christ simply asked, “Who do you say I am?”

It was a simple question, but it was filled with eternal implications.

A correct answer would take one to Heaven.

A wrong answer would take one to Hell.

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Apostle Peter, as was his custom, spoke for the whole group.

He said, “You are the Messiah.”

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He got it right!

He looked at the Lord Jesus and saw the Messiah, which is what the word “Christ” means.

What a statement of faith!

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The Lord Jesus’ identity was revealed to Peter by God Himself.

This is true in every genuine conversion.

No one is saved by the persuasive opinions of men.

People are saved when their spiritual eyes are opened by the Lord Jesus.

He gives them the faith to believe unto salvation.

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Peter’s declaration lets us know that he was a saved man.

He knew who the Lord Jesus was and he openly confessed Him.

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Our opinion about who the Lord Jesus is is a very personal thing.

No one can speak for us.

No one can believe for us.

It all comes down to who we believe He is.

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Our answer to the Lord’s question is absolutely vital to our salvation.

How we answer that question will determine where we spend eternity.

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Apostle Peter and all the other disciples believed the Lord Jesus was God, Lord and Savior, and they were saved.

Millions have believed the same thing about Him over the last 2,000 years and they have all been saved.

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The Lord Jesus told His disciples not to reveal His identity.

He did this because it wasn’t time.

If they went over the land preaching that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah, opposition would have grown so great that the Lord Jesus would have been unable to complete His mission.

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Today, His mission stands completed and He commands us to tell the world about Him.

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Who is the Lord Jesus to us?

What is our answer?

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If we can honestly say that Jesus is our Savior and the Lord of our life, then we should praise Him today.

If we have any other answer, we need to change our answer.

And we must do it now!

1 comment:

Francis R. Barbour said...

In The Old Testament Scriptures, it says: " Yahweh is the only name under Heaven whereby a man must be saved! "

And, in The New Testament Scriptures:

1.) The angel said, " Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of The Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Yahweh-Hushua - for He [ Yahweh ] will save His People from their sins. "

2.) Yahshua said, " I did not come in My Own Name, but in The Name Of My Father. "

Undoubtedly, therefore, Yahshua cannot truly be Yahweh's Own Son; but must be, rather, Yahweh Himself - in bodily form... and, I've irrefutably proven it - through scripture!

Meanwhile, however, His name isn't actually: " Jesus " - that means: " He Is Zeus " in Greek. In Fact, that was changed later....