Luke 9:18-22 – “Who do you say that I am?”

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Luke 9:18-22


  • Jesus is finishing His Galilean ministry
  • He is now on His journey to Jerusalem
  • His journey to the cross
  • He asks a very important question.
  • A question that needs to be answered.


They had an opinion

  • John the Baptist, Elijah, a Prophet Malachi 4:5
  • Good man that has done good things.

The believed in the person of Jesus

  • They were religious people.
  • They followed Him.
  • They were looking for the Messiah
  • The moment the cross was in sight, they turned.
  • We cannot separate his suffering, death, and resurrection form His messiahship.
  • Then we also turn Jesus into the WRONG JESUS

They were looking for healer and deliverer (From Roman rule)

  • Today… Looking for a BLESSING GIVER.  HEALER, PROVIDER
  • While true, Jesus is SO MUCH MORE

“It is impossible to be wrong about Jesus and right with God “ (Warren Wiersbe)



They had a conviction

  • “The Christ of God”
  • The anointed one. The Coming King Psalm 2:2
  • Gabriel – Luke 1:32-33
  • Zachariah – Luke 1:68-69
  • Shepherds – Luke 2:10-11
  • John the Baptist – Luke 3:16-18

Christ: Matthew 1:1, 18; 2:4; 11:2; 16:20; 23:8; 26:68; 27:22—lit. “the Anointed One.” Many people speak of Jesus Christ without realizing that the title Christ is actually a confession of faith. Messiah, the Hebrew equivalent for Christ, refers in the Old Testament to prophets (1 Kin. 19:16), priests (Lev. 4:5, 16), and kings (1 Sam. 24:6, 10), in the sense that all of them were anointed with oil. This anointing symbolized a consecration for ministry by God. Jesus Christ, as the Anointed One, would be the ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King (Is. 61:1; John 3:34). With his dramatic confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (16:16), Peter declares his faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah

John F. MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur Bible Commentary (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005), Matthew 16:17.

Tell no one

  • The were looking for a cross less Messiah
  • The time was not NOW
  • He MUST first suffer on the cross

Isaiah 53:4-10

Truths to Consider

  • Salvation comes only through the person and work of Jesus Christ. This has been God’s plan of redemption from the very beginning.
  • One must believe on the person and trust in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin. (His life, death, burial, and resurrection… applied and received into my life)
  • This belief is not just in the historical facts alone, but also trusting in Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord. (Our Mind and Our Heart are one)
  • True conversion will always lead to a changed life. (Come and follow me… we either follower Him or not)
  • Jesus always has been and always will be the answer to all the questions of life. The real, biblical, and saving Jesus.

Luke 2:8-21 – “The Birth of Christ” part 2

Luke 2:1-21

Intro thoughts

  • The real meaning of Christmas. The coming of the redeemer.
  • The angels announced
  • The shepherds responded
  • Pretty simple.
  • Jesus came, lived, died, rose from the grave, reigns from heaven, and will one day come again.
  • God has announced… How will we respond!

The Heavenly Announcement – vv. 8-14

The Meaning of His Birth

The glory of the Lord appeared

  • Heavenly brightness
  • A display of God’s presence
  • Suddenly, Bright, Brings much fear

Good news of great joy

  • Isa 40:9; 52:7; 61:1–2

For all people

  • For all mankind.
  • All that will believe

Savior who is Christ the Lord

  • The wait is over
  • Savior – Horn of Salvation 1:69-71
  • Lord
    • Authority
    • Anointed King 1:32-33
    • Reign forever
    • Superior over all things

On earth peace

  • Justification – no more separation and hostility.

Among those with whom He is pleased

  • God came to man
  • God’s mercy and grace extended to those who can and will believe.

The Shepherds Praise – vv. 15-21

The Reaction to His Birth

Let us go

They were satisfied – This was it!

  • They Heard
  • They Believed
  • They Trusted
  • They Saw
  • They Shared (Made known)
  • They Praised

The Shepherds returned

  • Glorifying and Praising God
  • For what they had heard
  • For what they had seen
  • The spirit of God touched their Mind and Heart
    • It was personal
    • It was life changing


Isaiah 40:9

[9] Go on up to a high mountain,

              O Zion, herald of good news;

lift up your voice with strength,

              O Jerusalem, herald of good news;

              lift it up, fear not;

say to the cities of Judah,

              “Behold your God!” (ESV)

Isaiah 52:7

[7] How beautiful upon the mountains

              are the feet of him who brings good news,

who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,

              who publishes salvation,

              who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (ESV)

Isaiah 61:1–2

[1] The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

              because the LORD has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;

              he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

              and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

[2] to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

              and the day of vengeance of our God;

              to comfort all who mourn; (ESV)