Summary: We are to have a total commitment to Christ as He has given a total commitment to us

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Sold Out

Matthew 16:21-28

September 1, 2002


One of the most frustrating times I can remember as a child was one time that my brother and I tried to go see one of the Star Wars movies. We stood in line for what seemed like forever to get the tickets for the afternoon show only to find out that the showing was sold out. We did get to see the movie that day but we had to go to another theater.

What does it mean to be sold out? Literally it means to have all available resources committed to a specific goal. Let’s apply this meaning to the Christian life. Being sold out for Christ literally means that all of who you are is given to Him and to the work of His kingdom.

Does your life fit that definition of Christian living?

This morning we are going to examine what it really means to be sold out for Christ.

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. 28 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."


I. The Manifestation of Being Sold Out (21-23)

A. The nature of Christ’s commitment

1. Jesus was totally sold out to God’s plan

a.) Jesus has set the model for total commitment. He committed everything to God’s plan and sacrificed Himself for us

b.) Jesus understood that for humanity to gain eternal life, He would need to die

2. Jesus shared His commitment

a.) Jesus revealed His commitment and the process of God’s eternal plan to the disciples. The results were anything but good

b.) The disciples completely misunderstood what Jesus was telling them. The problem was centered in their concept of Messiah. The disciples expected something totally different than what Jesus was telling them and they just didn’t get it.

B. The nature of Peter’s correction

1. Peter tries to change the plan

a.) Peter takes Jesus aside

The Greek here has an extremely strong meaning. The phrase “took him aside” implies that Peter literally grabbed Jesus and pulled him away from the others to talk with Him. This shows us just how completely clueless Peter truly was about Jesus

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