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Good or God?

10.23.2016

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In the kick-off to this collection, Louie Giglio asks the question, who is Jesus? In the first of five messages, he lays out whether Jesus is good or whether He is God. There are a lot of opinions and beliefs about who we think Jesus is, but find out who Jesus says He is.

Key Takeaway

Jesus is both good and God. Since He claimed to be God and then proved it, we cannot settle for him being solely a great moral teacher. Josh McDowell said he is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. He can't be all three, and He has shown us which one He is. He is Lord.

1) Is Jesus real or a hoax?

Jesus split history. We have B.C. and A.D. because of Christ.

Multiple leaders and historians in the ancient Roman world (Suetonius, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Josephus) reference Jesus, God, Christians, and miracles.

Jesus is historical.

2) Who is Jesus of history?

We are given multiple eyewitness accounts. See John 10:25-33. Jesus tells us exactly who He is in verse 30. Jesus claims to be God! He doesn't claim to be a great moral teacher, prophet, or good person. He claims to be God.

People have a monster problem with Christians, but most think Jesus was great. The problem is He said that He is both good and God, not just a great person. In Josh McDowell's book Evidence That Demands A Verdict, he boils down his thesis that Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord, but He can't be all three. And so, since Jesus told us who he is, we cannot have it both ways. We can't think He is a great teacher, but not Lord. Jesus wasn't crucified for being a good man, He was crucified for claiming to be God. Let Jesus speak for himself and then wrestle with His claims.

3) Who do YOU say that he is?

In Matthew 16:15, we find Jesus with the disciples in Caesarea Philippi, which is known for mass pagan worship. Greek Mythology recognized Pan as the god of the wild, nature, mountains, rustic music, shepherds, and flocks. He held a place of power in their religion. The Cave of Pan is a mysterious and foreboding well, thought to be bottomless. It was the zenith of pagan worship, and the sacrifices there were thought to be taken to the gates of Hades.

Interesting that Jesus decides that HERE is where He will make it known He is in fact, the Messiah. Pan was supposed to the the god to the shepherds, but Jesus says He is the good Shepherd. (John 10:11) The well was where the Jordan River began, but Jesus is the source of Living Water. (John 4:10)

So Jesus asked, who do people say he is? The disciples answered with lots of opinions. Most of which would still be made today; a great prophet. Then he asked, who do YOU say I am? Peter answered Him, "You are the Messiah. The Son of the living God".

4) How did Peter know Jesus was the Messiah?

Jesus changed his name from Simon to Peter, which means rock, and gave him an assignment.

The Father revealed it to Peter. He had seen so many miracles and heard Jesus speak the Truth to everyone he met. His experience had been great, but experience isn't enough. We need the Father to reveal. Investigation leads to Revelation.

Investigation - using your mind

Revelation - God opens the eyes of your heart.

A powerhouse believer is one who has used his mind and has his eyes opened by God so that he understands the things of this world, but he has come to know the reality of Christ.

Nothing will prevail against the Church.

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"Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or He was Himself deluded and self-deceived, or He was divine. There's no getting out of this trilemma."

John Duncan

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Scripture References

  • Matthew 16:13-20
  • Acts 18:2
  • John 10:25-33
  • John 4:10
  • John 10:11
Louie Giglio

Global Pastor

Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.