What kind of man is this?
Assessing who this Jesus is…
Text for today – Matthew 8
Clash of World views.
Definition of a world view: the lens through which we determine our overall view of the world and which impacts our beliefs and assumptions of the world around us.
ILLUS : RZIM Ministries
All belief systems fall into 3 main categories
A. Only universe exists. ( atheism and naturalism )
B. Only God exists
C. God and the Universe exist. ( Judaism, Islam, Christianity )
A. BELIEF IN THE MIDST OF THE REALITY OF JESUS CHRIST
27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.…..
…..23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
B. COMPLETELY MISSING THE REALITY OF JESUS CHRIST
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 [Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ ]
23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
34 But the Pharisees said, “[But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”]
Open confusion as to who this Jesus really is!
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun
Re: World Views
Where are we today … in USA?
There is a bit of confusion at times / a schizophrenia of belief or / or practice….
The Ultimate Question !
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”