Summary: As we begin our journey to the cross it is important to start off on the right foot.
Series: Journey to the Cross
Text: Matthew 16:13-23
Title: “Getting It Right”
• As we begin our journey to the cross, it’s important that we start off on the right foot.
o How we start sets the tone for how the rest of the trip is going to play out.
o Kind of like going on vacation; if things start going wrong before you even hit the road you know it’s going to be a long trip.
I. Asking The Right Question (13-17)
• This event is a turning point in the ministry of Jesus.
o Up until this point Jesus’ focus has clearly been on others.
o Now He begins to focus on His disciples as the cross at Calvary grows ever closer.
• “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
o This is a very broad and general question to which everyone has an answer of some type.
o John the Baptist Jesus was a great preacher and a messenger from God (those who focused on His message).
o Elijah Jesus preformed signs and wonders that no one had ever seen before (those who focused on His miracles).
o Jeremiah or one of the prophets people could not question what Jesus said or did, but these were indifferent about finding out for themselves.
• Notice Jesus doesn’t even comment on any of these answers, because that was not the important question.
• “But who do you say that I am?”
o This is the single most important question we will ever have to answer.
o This is where the journey must be begin; it’s not the end of some kind of spiritual journey or quest, but the starting point.
• Peter answers, ‘You are the Messiah and the Son of God.’
o Christ Jesus was God’s chosen prophet, priest, and king; He was the fulfillment of all the OT prophecies of God’s promise.
o Son of the Living God More importantly Peter says that He is God.
• Jesus’ disciples had witnessed what everyone else saw; however they came to the only conclusion that is acceptable.
• The reason they came to a different conclusion faith.
John 6:44 -- 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
o As God’s Spirit reveals to us who Jesus is we have a decision to make; receive Him as my personal Savior or reject Him.
o The only sin that cannot be forgiven is when the Holy Spirit reveals the truth about Christ and we call Him a liar.
II. Building On The Right Rock (18-19)
• We know that Jesus changed the name of Cephas to Peter, which means rock.
o Based on that many think that Jesus is telling Peter that he will be the foundation on which the NT Church is built.
• But here is where a closer look at the words is helpful in understanding the text.
o Jesus called Peter (petros) which means a small stone or pebble.
o However the rock on which Jesus will build His Church is the word (petra) which means bedrock.
o So who is the bedrock, consider these verses.
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 -- 3 For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. 4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
2 Samuel 22:2 -- 2 And he said: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
1 Corinthians 10:4 -- 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock(petra) that followed them, and that Rock(petra) was Christ.
• The foundation on which the Church is built is not built upon a man, Peter; but is built upon Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11 -- 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
o If we desire to build anything in our lives or in our church, then it must be built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and His word.
Matthew 7:24-27 -- 24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”