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Pastor Collin Crain : Who Is Jesus?

The Creed · 37:51 · Recorded July 4, 2021

Who is Jesus?

Matthew 16:13-18 (NLT) 13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”

1. Jesus makes me right with God.

Matthew 9:9-13 (NLT) 9As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. 10Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” 12When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

2. Jesus confronts our legalistic thinking with his unearned grace.

Ephesians 2:1; 4-5 (ESV) And you were dead in the trespasses and sins… But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.

3. Jesus reveals our relational God.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT) 14So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15This High Priest of ours understands our weak-nesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

4. I will bend my knee in worship to Jesus.

Hebrews 12:28 (ESV) Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Talk It Over
  • Read Matthew 16:13-18. If someone were to ask you who Jesus is, what would your response be?

  • Take time to reflect on your interaction with others. Are there people or groups where you are not extending the same grace that Jesus extends to you? Confess this to God and ask him to change your heart.

  • Are you holding yourself or others to an “image” of what a Christian should be? Ask Jesus to help break you from any “legalistic” way of thinking. Instead know that we can walk into the freedom that his grace brings into your life.

  • Reread Hebrews 4:14-16. What is keeping you from stepping boldly to God to receive his grace?

  • How should Christians “run the race”? What does it mean to throw off sin and hindrances? To “run with perseverance”? To “fix our eyes on Jesus”?

  • In Hebrews 12:28, the Lord’s kingdom is described as “a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” How does this bring you comfort? Take time to praise God for his unlimited grace and an unshakable foundation that we can stand on each day.

  • Parents, talk to your children about what God’s mercy means. What does it mean to show others mercy? Think of practical ways that we can extend grace to others each day.

– Read **Matthew 16:13-18**. If someone were to ask you who Jesus is, what would your response be?

– Take time to reflect on your interaction with others. Are there people or groups where you are not extending the same grace that Jesus extends to you? Confess this to God and ask him to change your heart.

– Are you holding yourself or others to an “image” of what a Christian should be? Ask Jesus to help break you from any “legalistic” way of thinking. Instead know that we can walk into the freedom that his grace brings into your life.

– Reread Hebrews 4:14-16. What is keeping you from stepping boldly to God to receive his grace?

– How should Christians “run the race”? What does it mean to throw off sin and hindrances? To “run with perseverance”? To “fix our eyes on Jesus”?

– In **Hebrews 12:28**, the Lord’s kingdom is described as “a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” How does this bring you comfort? Take time to praise God for his unlimited grace and an unshakable foundation that we can stand on each day.

– Parents, talk to your children about what God’s mercy means. What does it mean to show others mercy? Think of practical ways that we can extend grace to others each day.

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