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RLS Chapel, February 17, 2017 - St. Mark 8:27-32a

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Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017 by Pastor Westgate

Who is Jesus? That’s the most important question in the whole world. That’s the most important thing you can learn here at Redeemer Lutheran School. Who is Jesus?

When Jesus asked the disciples that question, there were many answers going around. Some thought he was John the Baptist risen from the dead. Others thought He was Elijah – they thought Elijah himself was going to return before Messiah came, so they didn’t realize Malachi was talking about someone like Elijah, namely, John the Baptist. Others thought He was just one of the prophets, or at least another prophet just like John.

Who do you think Jesus is? Some people still try to claim He never existed, even though the evidence says He’s a real person. Some claim He was just a man. Others even claimed He appeared outta nowhere and disappeared into nowhere. They are not correct.

Who is Jesus? He is God’s Son. He has always existed. He created all things. He took on your flesh in Mary’s womb, was a child like you, and grew up. You’ll grow up to maybe get married and have kids, work any number of jobs, retire and have grandkids. He grew up to die at a young age. That’s what He wanted to do. He intended to suffer from the words and actions of people who didn’t like Him. They crucified Him. But then He rose back to life.

So Who is Jesus Christ? He is true God, begotten of The Father before eternity, and also true Man, born of The Virgin Mary. Why should you care about Him? He is your Lord! Why? He has redeemed you, a lost and condemned person. What does it mean that He’s redeemed you from being lost and condemned? It means He’s purchased and won you from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil. How did He pay? Not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious Blood and with His innocent Suffering and Death.

Why did He do this? Because He wants you to be His own and live under Him in His kingdom. What is life like with Him? You serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness – that means you want to keep His commandments because He loves you and you love Him. Why does He want this? Because He is risen from the dead – He did that FOR YOU – and He lives and reigns to all eternity – and He wants you to be with Him through all eternity!

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