Harvest is plenty, harvesters are few. According to majority of people this is a festive season, had they know about Jesus, they would have understood the reason for the season. There is a savior and deliverer for you.

“Now when Jesus came into the parts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But who say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.” - Matthew 16:13-17

Jesus and His disciples ventured into the District of Caesarea Philippi, an area about 25 miles northeast of the Sea of Galilee and about 120 miles from Jerusalem. The region was strongly identified with various religions: It had been a center for Baal worship; the Greek god Pan had shrines there; and Herod the Great had built a temple there to honor Augustus Caesar. It was in the midst of this pagan superstition that Peter confessed Jesus as the Son of God. And it was probably within sight of Caesar’s temple that Jesus announced a surprise: He would not yet establish His kingdom, but He would build His church.

He looked at His disciples and in a moment of reflection said: "Who do men say that I am?" The disciples begin sharing with Jesus what they have heard from the people who have been following Jesus: Some say that You are Elijah; others say John the Baptist, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. It’s always been this way, Jesus as seen by the masses is seen in so many different ways.

You can speak of Jesus as prophet, holy man, teacher, or spiritual leader, and few will object. But speak of Him as Son of God, divine, of the same nature as the Father, and people will line up to express their disapproval. A billion Muslims will say: "Prophet, yes. God, no!" Jews scattered around the world will say: "Teacher, yes. Messiah, no!" Who do you say Jesus is?

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

The self-condemned sinner need not perplex himself how this righteousness may be found. When we speak of looking upon Christ, and receiving, and feeding upon him, it is not Christ in heaven, nor Christ in the deep, that we mean; but Christ in the promise, Christ offered in the word. Justification by faith in Christ is a plain doctrine. It is brought before the mind and heart of every one, thus leaving him without excuse for unbelief. If a man confessed faith in Jesus, as the Lord and Saviour of lost sinners, and really believed in his heart that God had raised him from the dead, thus showing that he had accepted the atonement, he should be saved by the righteousness of Christ, imputed to him through faith. But no faith is justifying which is not powerful in sanctifying the heart, and regulating all its affections by the love of Christ. We must devote and give up to God our souls and our bodies: our souls in believing with the heart, and our bodies in confessing with the mouth. The believer shall never have cause to repent his confident trust in the Lord Jesus. Of such faith no sinner shall be ashamed before God; and he ought to glory in it before men.

Today the first thing I want to share is a question that everyone must be able to answer. Have you answered that question?

  • What Jesus say He is?
  • Who do you say Jesus is?

Who is Jesus Christ to You?

This is the perennial question. This question is repeated in every age, over and over again. There is no neutrality with this question and you cannot avoid it, you must answer.

And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” - Matthew 16:14

According to Matthew 16:14, there are three theories:

• John the Baptist—because of His preaching of repentance. But Jesus was a far greater preacher than John, and He spoke with an authority that was astonishing. He not only spoke the Word of God, He IS the Word made flesh! John only pointed to the Lamb of God, but Jesus personified the Lamb.

• Elijah—because of His prayers. Elijah prayed and the heavens opened and closed, whether rain or fire. Jesus had a powerful prayer life. The disciples never asked Him to teach them to preach, or to work miracles...but they DID say, teach us to pray! They were blown away by His ability to talk to His Father, and they were happy to learn they could easily do the same.

• Jeremiah—because of His ‘pathos’ = compassion. Jeremiah was the weeping prophet, and was known for His tears. And Jesus was known for being moved to tears...from His view of a multitude in a crowd like sheep w/ no shepherd, to the tomb of just one and the shortest verse in the Bible, our Jesus wept and wept, and still today when we are hurting, He hurts right along with us, His heart breaks for us, and our tears are a language that our God understands!

All of these opinions were wrong, because you just can’t compare Jesus to another man. He is unique, supreme, the Name above all names, the God-man, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

We’ll never find the right answer to the perennial question by taking a public opinion poll. When it comes to Jesus, the big crowd is always wrong, yet many make public opinion their main method of gaining spiritual understanding.

  • John Lenon said that “we are more popular than Jesus.”
  • Mikhail Gorbachev said that Jesus was the first socialist
  • Islam says he was a prophet.
  • Judaism says that Jesus is a false Messiah.
  • Mormons believe that Jesus is one of many gods.
  • Jehovah witness relates Jesus with Michael, the archangel.
  • According to the ‘Da Vinci Code’, the deity of Jesus is an idea that church created later.

There are many similar opinions that world has today. Once people believe that earth was flat. People once believed that coconut oil contains lots of cholesterol so avoid it now they have opinion is that it is good.

People have opinion on Jesus, few have good few have bad, and it doesn't matter because Jesus is who He is.

“Now when Jesus came into the parts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is?” - Matthew 16:13

If Jesus be not the Christ, those that own him are not of the church, but deceivers and deceived. Our Lord next declared the authority with which Peter would be invested. He spoke in the name of his brethren, and this related to them as well as to him. They had no certain knowledge of the characters of men, and were liable to mistakes and sins in their own conduct; but they were kept from error in stating the way of acceptance and salvation, the rule of obedience, the believer's character and experience, and the final doom of unbelievers and hypocrites. In such matters their decision was right, and it was confirmed in heaven. But all pretensions of any man, either to absolve or retain men's sins, are blasphemous and absurd. None can forgive sins but God only.

“Who do you say that I am?”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” – Matthew 16:15

The second part of this scripture is for you and me today. "Who do you say that I am?"

Every person must answer this question. The crowd cannot answer it for you. You cannot abstain or opt out from answering...you can delay, but you cannot hide forever, you will answer someday.

If I ask the question who is He to you? You or some people will say, savior, son of God, healer, King of kings. He is what he is.  Jesus didn't asked this, He said who He is according to you in your life. According to this your family and what life will be built in time to come.

Who Jesus is to you?

If you say that He is the light of your life, then He will not walk away from you.

There are people who like to visit the church and hang around with the church members. It is likely that relationship with the members was good. It is possible that it may not be good all the times. God is good, all the times.  This man walked away from church because he probably never understood Jesus. Who you think Jesus is?

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” - Luke 6:46

If I ask you if Jesus is the only ruler in your life, All of you will raise your hands. If I ask that is He the only ruler in your life? Deep down your hearts you will feel that you have been ruled by many things. Be it friends, technology etc.

“But the righteousness which is of faith saith thus, Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down:) or, Who shall descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him: for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” - Romans 10:6-13

The self-condemned sinner need not perplex himself how this righteousness may be found. When we speak of looking upon Christ, and receiving, and feeding upon him, it is not Christ in heaven, nor Christ in the deep, that we mean; but Christ in the promise, Christ offered in the word. Justification by faith in Christ is a plain doctrine. It is brought before the mind and heart of every one, thus leaving him without excuse for unbelief. If a man confessed faith in Jesus, as the Lord and Saviour of lost sinners, and really believed in his heart that God had raised him from the dead, thus showing that he had accepted the atonement, he should be saved by the righteousness of Christ, imputed to him through faith. But no faith is justifying which is not powerful in sanctifying the heart, and regulating all its affections by the love of Christ. We must devote and give up to God our souls and our bodies: our souls in believing with the heart, and our bodies in confessing with the mouth. The believer shall never have cause to repent his confident trust in the Lord Jesus. Of such faith no sinner shall be ashamed before God; and he ought to glory in it before men.

Many so called people call themselves Christians however they don't know Jesus.

When we turn our heart to Jesus, actually we are giving control of our lives to Him. Do you want to give control of your life completely? If yes, then turn your heart to Jesus.

Salvation is not like a book of rules that you can buy. If it is that way then you are getting into religion. Salvation is not about 'dos' and 'donts', as you are depending on rules written by someone and not depending on the one whom you should be obeying. Salvation cannot be bought, remember that you can be saved by grace through faith only.

Who do you think Jesus is?

There is not one God to the Jews, more kind, and another to the Gentiles, who is less kind; the Lord is a Father to all men. The promise is the same to all, who call on the name of the Lord Jesus as the Son of God, as God manifest in the flesh. All believers thus call upon the Lord Jesus, and none else will do so humbly or sincerely. But how should any call on the Lord Jesus, the Divine Saviour, who had not heard of him? And what is the life of a Christian but a life of prayer? It shows that we feel our dependence on him, and are ready to give up ourselves to him, and have a believing expectation of our all from him. It was necessary that the gospel should be preached to the Gentiles. Somebody must show them what they are to believe. How welcome the gospel ought to be to those to whom it was preached! The gospel is given, not only to be known and believed, but to be obeyed. It is not a system of notions, but a rule of practice. The beginning, progress, and strength of faith is by hearing. But it is only hearing the word, as the word of God that will strength us.

“because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." - Romans 10:9-10

"For, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” - Romans 10:13

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thou this?” - John 11:25-26

It’s no accident that you are here today. God has arranged the circumstances of your life so you will hear this message, and you will be forced to answer the question, who is Jesus Christ to you? And don’t just answer it in your head...make sure it impacts your heart.

Who is Jesus to you? Does His lordship reflects on your life? What does it means to be a Christian? What does it means to be saved? If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life then He means nothing to you. If He is the ruler of your life, Jesus will never leave you.

Who do you say Jesus is? If you died today would you be absent from the body and in the presence of the Lord? If not, I invite you to come and open your heart and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. If you know Jesus but have drifted away, I also invite you to come and recommit your life to Christ. Or if you just want to pray or have someone pray with you or for you, come.

We hope you enjoyed today’s sermon. We look forward seeing you again next Sunday. God Bless you and your family, abundantly!

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