What Life is All About

John 8:27-38

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Predicts His Death

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

 

In the light of the previous miracles where Jesus gives the ability to hear and the ability to see. And especially in the light of the ability to see in greater and greater degree, this passage of Scripture highlights the fundamental truths of Jesus’ life and ministry.

If we are going to live best in God’s world, we are going to have to follow these words of Jesus! They must be submitted to if we are going to have life!

This section is in three straightforward paragraphs:

First we see the question about Who Jesus is and Peter’s confession. This is a demonstration of clear sight as it relates to Jesus’ identity.

Second is Jesus’ first clear statement as to the most fundamental part of His ministry. This is a demonstration of not being able to see on the Part of Peter. This lack of sight on Peter’s part will not be resolved until after the Resurrection.

Thirdly, we see the statement of Jesus that applies the necessity of embracing the cross personally by every one of His followers. This will demonstrate whether or not WE will see what He has for our lives!

 

Let’s look at these three things!

 

  1. Peter Sees the Source of Life

Who do men say that I am? Who do you say that I am? What do you         know that other people do not know?

You are THE Christ

Christ is a Greek word. Messiah is the Hebrew word. It means      anointed one. It is demonstrated in the OT by God setting people       apart to save His people. There is an expectation of Messiah as Savior.

 

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

 

 

  1. Jesus is anointed by God

 

Prophet, priest and king: This is Jesus!

 

He has a special identity

He has a special calling

He has special abilities

He has unique responsibilities

 

  1. Jesus is more than the greatest prophet

Jesus does miracles like prophets, only His miracles are more         numerous and more amazing.

 

  1. Jesus is the one and only

        There is no one else like Jesus. There is no other identity like Jesus.         There have been other prophets. There have been other priests. There have been other kings.

 

Moses and David have ministries and identities that are similar in the         same way that a shadow is similar to a person.

 

Jesus Christ, the man, the son of Mary is the Son of God.

The voice of God at Jesus’ Baptism

The voice of God at the Mount of Transfiguration

The Creator of the universe has become a man and He lived among      His Disciples.

In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. Through Him all things were made.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

The testimony of the Resurrection. Jesus is raised from the dead,         after claiming that He would be raised from the dead. This is the historical sign of His unique identity.

       

  1. Peter Misses the Way of Life

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

 

  1. Jesus must die for sins

Why must He die? Because of His unique identity as God’s Son He can pay God’s price for the sins of the whole world. Unique identities        create unique responsibilities.

Galatians 2: 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if     righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for   nothing!”

Galatians 4: But when the set time had fully come, God sent his         Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under     the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

 

 

He demonstrates God’s love for sinful people in the process.

Romans 5:8 God demonstrated His love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16 For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten         Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have         everlasting life!

I John 4: This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

 

  1. Jesus’ death gives life

II Corinthians 5: 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 3: 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

 

  1. We must believe this

 

Hebrews 10: 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

 

And the reason we must believe this is because it is more than just a gift of life. It is the pattern that brings life. It is the pathway of our life. It is what we believe works.

 

III. The Cross is for All

 

  1. All must deny themselves

We do not rely on ourselves, we submit to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ! That is what it means to deny ourselves. Take the following verses for example:

Galatians 5:

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 4:

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

 

  1. All must take up their cross

Remember that this is before Jesus went to the cross and died. We are called to pursuing life according to how God wants us to live.

Do not steal, do not gossip, be people of the truth, manage your sexual desires according to God’s will, manage your anger appropriately. Do not seek revenge, forgive, be merciful, be just in all of your actions. Be a giver etc. etc. etc.

And we are to promote and teach the teachings of Jesus to others!

36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them

 

  1. All must follow Jesus

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it, when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

 

This is the clear pathway to living well.

The pathway to death is to selfishly follow your own desires in the face of what we know from God. Adam and Eve, Cain, Lamech, Canaan, Babel etc.