Who Am I?
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” (Lk 9:18-27 NIV)
Central Idea: Our Loyalty to Jesus demonstrates our personal understanding and acceptance of Him as Christ.
I. Unmask The Identity Of Jesus
A. Disguised With Speculation
B. Discovered By Revelation
C. Declared With Conviction
II. Uncover The Personality of Jesus
A. An Unexpected Messiah
B. An Unwanted Messiah
C. An Undefeated Messiah
III. Unveil your Loyalty to Jesus
A. Through Crucifixion of Self
B. Through Commitment to Christ
C. Through Confession of Christ
If you will not own Jesus as the Christ, the Messianic King come to rule over you, He will not own you as His own follower. Either you confess His reign over you now, or you will die without Him later, losing all the things that did truly rule over you.