Summary: WE ARE LIVING IN A DAY AND TIME WHERE EVERYBODY NEED TO KNOW WHO JESUS IS AND IF IT`S EVER BEEN A TIME WHEN THE CHURCH NEEDS TO BE ABOUT OUR FATHERS BUSSINESS
Matthew 16:13-18 (KJV) When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
 He saith unto them, But whom 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 Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
VERY BRIEFLY THIS EVENING I WANT TO REASON
WITH YOU ON THE SUBJECT OF
(EVERYBODY NEED TO KNOW WHO JESUS IS)
Isaiah 40:8 (KJV) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS
WE ARE LIVING IN A DAY AND TIME WHERE
EVERYBODY NEED TO KNOW WHO JESUS IS
AND IF IT`S EVER BEEN A TIME WHEN THE
CHURCH NEEDS TO BE ABOUT OUR FATHERS
NOW IS THE TIME
BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS A CALLED OUT
THAT GOD HAS CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO
THE MARVELOUS LIGHT
TO GO BACK OUT AND SHARE THE GOSPEL
MESSAGE WITH A SIN SICK WORLD
FOR GOD HAS A MESSAGE
A MESSAGE OF SALVATION-FORGIVINESS-HOPE
AND IT`S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHURCH
TO PROCLIAM THAT MESSAGE
YOU SEE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS
CHRISTIAN MEANS CHRIST-LIKE
AND IF WE WHO PROFESS TO BE CHRISTIANS OR
THEN WE NEED TO LOVE LIKE JESUS LOVED
WE NEED TO FORGIVE LIKE JESUS FORGAVE
WE OUGHT TO HELP OTHERS LIKE JESUS DID
AND GIVE LIKE JESUS GAVE
BECAUSE EVERYBODY NEED TO KNOW WHO
BUT AS WE EXAMINE THE TEXT BEFORE US
IT`S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT
After one has been instructed a while in school, examinations will be given.
So it was for the disciples at Caesarea Philippi.
They had been accompanying Christ for some time and had, as a result, received much teaching from Him.
Christ now gives them an exam. He asks them several questions regarding His identity.
First, as an introduction, He asked them who others thought He was.
Then He asked them who they thought He was—this was the key question, and it would reveal how well they had listened in class to His teaching.
It also was the question which solicited from Peter the second great confession of faith
AND THIS BRINGS ME TO THE FRIST SPRITUAL
NUGGET I SEE IN THE TEXT
Whom do others say that I am?
?When Jesus came into the coasts [borders] of Caesarea
Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying,
Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias [Elijah]; and others, Jeremias [Jeremiah], or one of the prophets?
Four popular opinions were mentioned in the disciples’ answer to Christ’s first question.
First, some thought Christ was John the Baptist
This was Herod’s view, for he thought Christ was John the Baptist come back to life .
NOW I NEED TO PAUSE AND TELL YOU
THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS A GOOD MAN BUT JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS`NT JESUS CHRIST
John the Baptist was unique man. A FORERUNNER OF
Who wore odd clothes and ate strange food and preached an unusual message
REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND
JOHN THE BAPTIST AND JESUS HAD SOMETHING
THEY BOTH DIED A CRUEL DEATH FOR TELLING
YOU DO REMEMBER THE STORY ABOUT A MAD
QUEEN NAME HERODIAS-A DANCING PRINCESS
NAME SALOME AND A PREACHER WHO GOT HIS
HEAD CUT OFF FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS A GOOD MAN BUT JOHN
THE BAPTIST WAS`NT JESUS CHRIST
Second, some thought Christ was Elijah who had been prophesied by Malachi to return in advance of the Messiah.
ELIJAH Was the most famous and dramatic of Israel’s prophets •
Predicted the beginning and end of a three-year drought TO
OLD HENPECKED AHAB AND WICKED JEZEBEL•
•Was used by God to restore a dead child to his mother
•Represented God in a showdown with priests of Baal and
•Appeared with Moses and Jesus in the New Testament transfiguration scene
ELIJAH AND JESUS HAD SOMETHING IN COMMON
THEY BOTH KNEW THAT IT POWER IN PRAYER
YOU DO REMEMBER ELIJAH ON MT.CARMEL
WHEN HE PRAYED AND GOD SENT FIRE FROM
HEAVEN AND COMSUMED THE WATER SOAKED
ELIJAH WAS A GOOD GOD FEARING MAN BUT