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Summary: Do you just use words to describe Jesus? A real life lived for and to Him?

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Matthew 16:15&16

Who do you say I AM?

Start with a sermon spice video, that’s my King.

Follow up with-

A Friend to the friendless

Help for the helpless

Hope for the hopeless

Shelter in the time of storm

Light to those in darkness

Forgiveness to the unforgiven

Love to the unloved

Security to the insecure

Certainty in uncertain times

He was, He is and He always will be

He is the Alpha and the Omega

The Beginning and the end

The king of kings

Lord of lords

The healer to the hurting

He is the truth in an untruthful world

Jesus is all these things and more.

But who we say Jesus is, as 82% of Americans claim to be Christian,

(Fox news Nov. 11, 2005) does not mean as much as who He is in our lives and how He shows through our lives to the rest of the world is the most important thing. People want to see Jesus in our lives and then they will want to know all about him, who He is, what He wants us to do and be. Jesus must be real in our lives and relevant to how we live and act.

Some will say Jesus is----

1. ALBERT SCHWEITZER the famous liberal theologian and one of the 113 Swiss Nobel Prize winners:

“He was a deluded fanatic who futilely threw away his life in blind devotion to a mad dream. There is nothing more negative than the critical study of the life of Christ.”

Hardly a Christian answer!

2. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW – the famous atheist and writer who said

“Jesus was a man who was sane until Peter hailed him as the Christ and who then became a monomaniac…his delusion is a very common delusion among the insane…”

3. Ask the question to a practising MUSLIM and you will get the answer that Jesus was simply a great prophet , second only to Mohammed and that he was not divine.

But there have been other answers.

4. George W Bush - President of the United States

As God’s only Son, Jesus came to Earth and gave His life so that we may live.

5. CS Lewis

And in his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis made this poignant statement,

"A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.

He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a

man who says he is a poached egg--or he would be

the devil of hell.

You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.

You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us."(the Campus Crusade website)

Will Campbell, the author, told this story about his conversations with Waylon Jennings, the country music singer. Campbell traveled with Waylon on tour, and served, unofficially, as Waylon’s pastor. He decided to talk to Waylon about his spiritual condition.

Will asked, "What do you believe about Jesus?’ Waylon said, "Uh-huh." A few weeks later, Will asked again, "What do you believe about Jesus?" Again Waylon said, "Uh-huh." A few weeks later he tried a third time, "What do you believe about Jesus?"

Waylon said, "Well, let me ask you – all of the books that have been written about Jesus – have they ever improved on Him?" Will said, "No." Jennings said, "Well, then that’s what I believe. I believe in Jesus."

WHO DO YOU SAY HE IS?

Do you say who He is or show who He is?

Problem is some don’t do either.

We can say anything but seeing is believing.

Beloved if we don’t have an active relationship with Jesus what we say does not matter as they are just words.

With a relationship with Jesus it shows all, who He is, our all in all, our completeness.

Dr. W. A Criswell, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas Texas, said on one occasion on an airplane flight he found himself seated beside a well-known theologian. He desperately wanted to start a conversation and they did get to talk. The man told Dr. Criswell about how he had recently lost his little boy through death. Dr. Criswell listened as he told his story: He said he had come home from school with a fever and we thought it was just one of those childhood things, but it was a very virulent form of meningitis. The doctor said we cannot save your little boy. He’ll die.

And so this seminary professor, loving his son as he did, sat by the bedside to watch this death vigil. It was the middle of the day and the little boy whose strength was going from him and whose vision and brain was getting clouded said, "Daddy, it’s getting dark isn’t it?" The professor said to his son, "Yes son it is getting dark, very dark." Of course it was very dark for him. He said, "Daddy, I guess it’s time for me to go to sleep isn’t it?"

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