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Who is Jesus?

Jesus Christ plays an important role in American history as historian Stephen Prothero notes, ‘Jesus has an American history.’ However, Robert Detweiler signals a grave warning, as he writes, “Americans apparently want Christ, but they do not want him straight.” For some Americans, Jesus is the ideal best friend and lover. For others, he is strong and mighty, ready for the defense of the weak. For others still, there’s guru Jesus, a wise, inspirational teacher who believes in you and helps you find your center. For many, there’s Good Example Jesus who shows you how to help people, change the planet, and become a better you. While for countercultural rebels, there’s Revolutionary Jesus who teaches us to rebel against the status quo, stick it to the man, and dream up impossible utopian schemes. For the inimitable Johnny Cash, he’s ‘The Greatest Cowboy of them all.’

But, who does the Bible say Jesus is? This is our guiding question as we look at Matthew 16:13-20. The Bible declares that the greatness of God is most clearly displayed in his Son. And the glory of the gospel is only made evident in his Son. That’s why Jesus’ question to his disciples is so important: “Who do you say that I am?” If Jesus’ question was important in his day, the question is doubly crucial in our day because not every Jesus is the real Jesus. Almost no one is as popular in this country as Jesus. Hardly anyone would dare to say a bad word about him. But how many people know the real Jesus?

In this series, we identify the biblical Jesus, who he is and what he came to do.

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