Ps Sheldon Phillips 14th January 2018 ()Sheldon Phillips, January 14, 2018
Part of the Questions series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.
Matthew 16:13-20. Who do people say that the Son of Man is? The disciples are doing life with Jesus, having a pause, a moment, a snapshot into that time. "But who do you say I am?". God wants to lead us into an experience of real knowledge and encounter.
The word Christ means "Anointed one". Image of a king being anointed with oil. Psalm 23 - you anoint my head with oil.
Context: Israel was under Roman rule. Israel was looking for someone to come and restore Israel. Jesus was bringing about the kingdom of heaven.
Peter was able recognise who Jesus was. Then Jesus begins to speak into Peter's life and purpose.
How does this scripture affect us?
1. Jesus is still asking the same question to you and I today. Who do YOU say that I am? Jesus is demanding a response from us on this question - it's not enough to rely on the prayers of others ... we need to decide for ourselves who Jesus is in our lives, and then we need to apply it in our lives.
How do you answer this question? When you first let Jesus into your life. Even when we are mature in the faith, we need to keep answering this question.
- Need to understand that God initiates relationship with you. God enables you to know him. God doesn't expect you to have all the answers. The Father revealed Jesus to Peter. Matt 16:17. God works in us to will and to act in order to fulfil his purpose. Yield yourself over to him! Not from a position of my works and ability, but that God is drawing us to himself.
- The way that Peter answered the question was because he had been spending time with Jesus. Doing life together, breaking bread, sharing time. The only way we can understand who Jesus is, Jesus wants to reveal layer upon layer of himself to us. The only way we can do this is to give God time - give him our lives. Not just do time in prayer with God. But also read the word of God. God reveals who he is through the word. Story of the chamois - need to soak up presence of God. Get hungry for God - desire for God.
- You might stand out from those around you. When you can say it with your heart, and mean it - you are the Christ, what you are saying is that "Jesus you are my all!" We are called to stand out, and be different from those around us. We are a different people by nature. Who is Jesus to you will change your life, and you will never be the same again. You become a star in the night sky, called to stand out. In work, school, uni - not called to blend in, but to be so proud of it that you stand out. It doesn't matter what people think. Not that we become elitist, but in a way that people become attracted to what you have got. People in the dark are attracted to the light.
- Jesus should become your everything. Jesus is calling us into a relationship where we give everything to him. He wants our all. Let's give it over to him!
Matt 16:21-27 From that time, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things... if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me... Jesus is looking for everything - he wants our all. Yield to God - give God control. The best thing we can do. Let YOUR kingdom come, let YOUR will be done. Jesus isn't coming along for the ride ... we need to die to ourselves.
"...God has a plan for you, a destiny for you, and you're only ever going to find it in the context of relatioship with Jesus..."
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