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Summary: Jesus alone is Messiah! It’s only when you recognize Him as such, and accept Him as the savior from your sins, that your life will be blessed!

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TEXT: Matthew 16:13-17

TITLE: “Who Do YOU say that I am?”

SERIES: Questions that God asks (part 4)

TOPIC: Christ’s deity!

OCCASION: Burnside Christian Church, August 24, 2008

PROP.: Jesus alone is Messiah! It’s only when you recognize Him as such, and accept Him as the savior from your sins, that your life will be blessed!

INTRODUCTION: Good morning! Today our Jr. Church kids are dismissed. Please pass the attendance pads down the pew that you are in today as well!

I’m so glad you’re here today! I am excited about today’s message. This sermon concludes our series “Questions that God Asks.”

We started this series with the most important question that God asks of His children: WHERE ARE YOU? Where are you in regards to your relationship to Him? Are you near Him? Or are you distant?

And today we conclude this series with a question that will determine where you WILL be. The answer to today’s question will determine where you will spend eternity! Where you will end up when your life on this earth is done.

And as long as this life may seem to be, it is brief! The oldest person to live in modern history is this woman (show picture)

Jeanne Calment. She lived in France. She died in 1997. Her age was 122 years

and 164 days old. She was born in 1875. At the age of 14, she met Vincent van

Gogh - the famous Post-impressionist artist who committed suicide in 1890.

122 years is the longest ANYONE in modern history has ever lived! More than likely, you will not live to be 122 years old. The average lifespan for those living in America is somewhere between 77 - 80 years old. That means that I’m getting close to being half dead!

James puts it this way: “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)

Now that I’ve got you depressed about how short your life is…I want you to think about how long eternity is! Your life, when matched up against “forever and ever and ever and ever…” is just a speck on the timeline of eternity!

So now do you see what’s at stake? How you answer today’s question that God asks, will determine where you will live FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. It’s important that we get the answer to this question correct!

Our text takes us to Matthew 16:13-17

BACKGROUND:

The crowds are amazed at the teachings of Jesus. They are impressed by His miracles.

From the healings, to the feedings, people flock to Jesus. That doesn’t mean that he is free from enemies. The religious elite, particularly, the Pharisees, constantly argued with him and demeaned him.

In fact, Jesus has just had another run in with them. They came to Jesus demanding a sign that He was in fact the Messiah. Jesus has been healing people and He has just finished feeding four thousand people with a few lozves of bread and fish. Jesus basically tells them that if they can’t read the signs that are right in front of them, then He isn’t going to give them a special one excpet for the sign of Jonah, an apparent reference to his death, burial and resurrection just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days.


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