Continuing in the Gospel of Luke, we come to a powerful section of Scripture where Peter makes the proclamation that Jesus is the Christ of God, and Jesus then clearly identifies His mission and our call to discipleship. We see here the necessity to identify with the Savior, to embrace Him as our King, to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Him. We learn that our souls represent a real treasure, and that our eternal destiny depends on our response to Jesus. We are faced with the reality that all men and women must answer the question Jesus posed to the disciples, “Who do you say the I am?”
As we reflect upon this text, and we access our lives, we find that we all fall woefully short of the call to be His disciples. And yet, we also find that as He forgave the apostles after they turned their backs on Him, He stands ready to forgive us as well, and strengthen us to live for Him.
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
Who Do You Say He Is?
Series: Luke – A Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
- The text begins by mentioning Jesus praying. Why might He have been praying and what does this say about Him and His prayer life?
- Who did the crowds say that Jesus was? Who do the crowds of our day say Jesus is?
- How did Peter come to know Jesus as the Christ?
- What does Christ mean?
- Why might Jesus have warned them to not share their views of who He is?
- How did the suffering, rejection, and death of Jesus validate Peter’s claim?
- What does it mean to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him? How is this lived out in your life?
- Based on verse 25, what is the value of a human soul? To what end does that understanding motivate you?
- In what ways have you been ashamed of Jesus? How can that change?
- What do you say, who is Jesus to you?
Lord, we come to You this day amazed how You use men and women, just like us, in the expanse of Your Kingdom. We confess our weakness: how we have too often not denied ourselves, how we have not picked up our cross daily, how we have not followed You. And yet, it is our heart’s cry that You strengthen us for the battle. Help us to bear the bittersweet pain of suffering for the Kingdom. Give us sanctifying grace to endure petty slights forgivingly and to rise above even greater wrongs for Your glory. May we continue to faithfully fulfill the mission You have given us. Let our words and actions convey the truth that Jesus is Lord. And give us the power to bring the healing mercy of the Lord to broken lives, broken relationships, and sinful situations that You will might be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.