Sermon Outline

Sermon Outline

Who Is This Man Called Jesus?

KEY PASSAGE: Matthew 16:13-16

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1:26 | Matthew 1:21 | John 3:16 | John 6:48 | John 8:12 | John 10:9-11 | John 14:6 | John 14:9 | John 15:4-7 | John 15:9 | Acts 4:12 | Romans 8:9-10 | Romans 8:34 | Romans 14:11 | 1 Corinthians 15:20 | 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 | Philippians 2:9-11 | Colossians 1:15-16 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Hebrews 13:5

SUMMARY

Jesus is not only the most important person who ever lived, but He’s also the most controversial.

Throughout history, people have hated Him, ignored Him, loved Him, and died for His sake. Two thousand years ago Jesus walked out of a carpenter’s shop to begin His ministry, and since then an increasing number of people have followed Him. Who is this man called Jesus?

Sermon Points

Jesus asked that same question of His disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). The answers varied, from John the Baptist to one of the Old Testament prophets. But when He asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ (the Messiah), the Son of the living God” (vv. 15-16).

Today, Christians still believe this. We celebrate His birth on Christmas, worship and bow down to Him as our Lord, and pray in His name. To us, He is the most awesome person who ever walked on earth because He is God’s Son.

Scripture refers to Jesus with many titles: Messiah, Son of God, Savior of the world, reigning Lord, ruling Judge, and returning King are just a few of them. Therefore, if Jesus is who Scripture says He is, we should respond in the following ways: Believe Him, follow Him, serve Him, proclaim Him, know Him through God’s Word, and love Him. When we do this, it will impact every aspect of our lives.

What are Jesus’ attributes?

  • Creator. All things were created by Him, through Him, and for Him (Col. 1:15-16).
  • Omnipresent. As our Savior, Jesus lives within our hearts and is with us wherever we go.
  • Omnipotent. God the Son has all power to do whatever fits with His character and is in keeping with His Father’s will.
  • Omniscient. There are no secrets because our Lord knows all things with complete accuracy. Before we even utter a prayer, He knows what we will say.
  • Merciful. We may freely call upon Christ to be merciful to us and need never worry that He will mistreat us.
  • Eternal. Jesus was born of a woman, but this is not when He came into existence. He has always existed as eternal Son of God, one of the three members of the Trinity.
  • Sinless. Because of His divine nature, Jesus was completely sinless.
  • Human. Although He never ceased being God, Jesus was also fully human yet without sin. Because He lived as a man, He understands and can help us in our weakness.
  • Deity. Jesus was also wholly divine with all the attributes and perfections of deity.
  • Virgin-born. To become the holy, sinless God-man, Jesus had to be conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin. This was the only way He could represent mankind and be the sinless Lamb of God who was qualified to pay for our sins with His death on the cross.

Where is Jesus today?

  • According to Scripture, He is seated at the Father’s right hand, making intercession for us (Rom. 8:34).
  • Jesus also abides within our hearts (vv. 9-10). At the moment of salvation, His Spirit came to indwell and seal us as His. Now we abide in Him and He in us.

What was Jesus’ mission on earth?

  • To reveal the Father. Jesus told His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Because He was God, everything Jesus did and said revealed the Father’s nature and works.
  • To redeem mankind. Jesus came to offer Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Now everyone who believes in Him, repents of sin, and confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved.
  • To assure us of life after death. When Christ overcame death and rose from the grave, the issue of eternal life was settled once and for all. Without His resurrection, we’d have no hope of life after death and no confidence that all that Jesus said was true.
  • To promise us resurrection. Because Jesus was raised up, we can be sure that we too will be resurrected when He returns (1 Cor. 15:20, 51-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
  • To give us abundant life (John 10:10). All that we have in Christ is beyond our understanding. He’s given us His amazing promises and is continually working in and for us.

Who did Jesus say He was?

  • The Good Shepherd (v. 11); The Bread of Life (6:48)
  • The Vine (15:5); The Way, the Truth, and the Life (14:6)
  • The Light of the World (8:12); The Door (10:9)

What does Scripture say about Jesus’ name?

  • His name is above every name. “Every knee will bow” and “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11). Even the world’s tyrants who have rejected Jesus and want to control everything will one day fall to their knees and be forced to admit that He is the Lord.
  • His is the only name by which we are saved (Acts 4:12). There is salvation in no one else.
  • His name indicates His mission as deliverer. An angel gave his name to Joseph: “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
  • Jesus is called the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). He came from the heavenly Father and is one with Him.

There is none like Jesus.

  • He never wrote a book, but He is the subject of the greatest Book ever written.
  • He never wrote a song, yet He is the subject of many.
  • He never owned a home, but He has prepared one for us.
  • He never traveled more than one hundred miles from home, yet the entire world is in His presence.
  • He didn’t have a medical license but is known as the Great Physician.
  • He never marshaled an army, but He could bring down every kind of kingdom imaginable.
  • Herod could not kill Him.
  • Satan could not seduce Him.
  • Death couldn’t destroy Him.
  • The tomb could not keep Him.

Jesus’ names in Scripture describe His attributes and His mission.

  • King of Kings
  • Son of God
  • Lamb of God
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Lord of Lords
  • Great High Priest
  • Morning Star
  • Prince of Peace
  • Wonderful Counselor
  • Immanuel
  • Word of God
  • Prophet
  • Alpha and Omega

RESPONSE

  • Why is Jesus worthy of your faith, devotion, and worship?
  • How can you focus on Him this Christmas instead of being distracted by all the activities, preparations, and expectations of the season?
Bible

Bible

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, ``Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"

14 And they said, ``Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."

15 He said to them, ``But who do you say that I am?"

16 Simon Peter answered, ``You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

26 Then God said, ``Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

48 I am the bread of life.

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ``I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."

9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

6 Jesus said to him, ``I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

9 Jesus said to him, ``Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father'?

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

11 For it is written, ``AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD."

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ``DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.

55 O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?"

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him.

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ``I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"