By Brandon Lemons
In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asks His disciples who people are saying He is. Jesus is creating a teachable moment, for He then asks them: “But who do you say that I am?” In one of those seemingly rare moments when Peter didn’t stick his foot in his mouth, he answered correctly: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” When it comes to Jesus, the question “Who do you say I am?” is crucial.
Beginning March 27 through Easter, we will be in a sermon series called “Who Do You Say I Am?” It will focus on several of the key players in Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. This series is much like the “Christmas Through Their Eyes” series that was very well-received a couple years ago; we will be looking at Jesus from the perspective of the Jewish leaders, Judas, Pilate, the Roman solders, and Mary Magdelene and Jesus’ disciples, essentially asking them, “Who do you say Jesus is?” Their perceptions of Jesus deeply influenced how they treated Him, including their decisions that contributed to His crucifixion and resulted from His resurrection.
This series is not merely a historical/biographical study, although I know that many people (including me) will find these aspects to be fascinating and illuminating. It will also have significant application to people’s lives today, for it’s important that everyone seriously (and accurately) considers who Jesus is. “Who Do You Say I Am?” is a great series for inviting others who may themselves be unsure about who Jesus really is or how they should relate to Him.