ACCEPTING CHRIST FOR WHO HE IS
His Name is: Master, Savior, Lion of Judah, Blessed Prince of Peace, Shepherd, Fortress, Rock of the Ages, Lamb of God is He, Son of David, King of the ages, Eternal Life, He’s the Holy Lord of Glory, His Name is Life. These are words in a song by Carmine Licceardillo a popular CCM writer. It is a worshipful song that speaks, so eloquently, as to Who Jesus is. But there is a greater question you have to ask yourself, “Who is Jesus to you?”
Matthew 16:13-19 addresses Who Jesus is. Who He is in your life, doesn’t change Who He actually is; whether you recognize Him as such or not, He is God! Jesus asked the question directly, “Who do you say I am?” And Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” He did not say “we think you are,” he said, “You are.” Jesus’ identity does not change because of Who you think He may or may not be. He is Who He is, the Son of God, God Incarnate, He is God, whether you think so or not.
It is only in the Person and work of Jesus Christ that you can find the Salvation you need for your life, for Eternity. Dr. Luke tells us that in a very pointed passage in the Book of Acts. Acts 4:12 says “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” “No other Name,” there is a lot to that Name. It is a Name you can call upon in your deepest times of need. Or you can call on Him when you don’t need Him, just to praise Him for Who He is, King of kings and Lord of lords.
It is important for you to accept Jesus Christ, not for what He can do for you, not for help He can give you, but for Who He Is! John wrote clearly about it in his Gospel, he says “Jesus is the Way,” the only Way (John 14:6) and He will be the Judge (Acts 10:42) in the end. In the end we will be judged on Who we say Jesus is. And after this sermon today, you will never be able to say you didn’t know, because you have heard it very clearly today. Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life (John 14:6). He is the only way to salvation, and you have to confess the truth of that or be left out in the dark.
So… Who do you say Jesus is?
This inscription is found carved into the doors of the Cathedral in Lubeck, Germany:
Ye call Me Master and obey Me not (Hebrews 2:1-4)
Ye call Me The Light and see Me not (John 8:12)
Ye call Me The Way and walk Me not (John 14:6)
Ye call Me The Life and choose Me not (John 14:6)
Ye call Me Wise and follow Me not (Proverbs 2:6)
Ye call Me Fair and love Me not (Proverbs 2:9-10)
Ye call Me Rich and ask Me not (Luke 11:9-10)
Ye call Me Eternal and seek Me not (John 3:16)
Ye call Me Noble and serve Me not (Philippians 4:8)
Ye call Me Gracious and trust Me not (John 1:14)
Ye call Me Mighty and honor Me not (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Ye call Me Just and fear Me not (John 5:28-30)
If I condemn you Blame Me not (Romans 3:21-26)
Now… Who do you say Jesus is?
Bostwick UMC 2/9/20
Above scripture suggestions are mine, not the door’s.
They are not necessarily the complete or absolute source.