Hello my friend, I am Rev. Walker with AlphaChurch.org
Our Scripture reading today is from Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district
of Caesarea Philippi He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist,
but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the Prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that
I AM?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah
the Son of the Living God.” As we read the New Testament we become aware
of the fact that whatever Jesus touches He transforms! There is an old story about a West Virginia
boy who was sitting on a fence at the crossing of two narrow roads. A man in a very large car roared up to a stop
in front of him, let down the automatic window and said, “Young man I’m lost. Can you tell me what this road goes?” He said, “No sir, I cannot.” He said, “Well, young man don’t you know anything?” He said, “I know that I’m not lost.” When we find Jesus Christ we know we are not
lost. What do we believe in Jesus Christ? That’s one of the most important questions
we’ll ever talk about here. Let’s ask three questions today. First, What are we asked to believe? Second, What is the evidence for believing? Third, What does it matter if we believe it? Today we look at the Apostles Creed. ‘I believe in Jesus Christ God’s only Son
our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary.’ When we’re asked to believe, we are asked
first of all to believe that God was in Christ, especially in Christ reconciling the world
to Himself. 2 Corinthians 5:19 ‘God was in Christ reconciling
the world to Himself.’ And reconcile means to restore to harmony. It is through Jesus Christ that we link to
God and so we are declaring that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, very special. Now the process we want to go through as we
follow the logical inclination of our minds is to look at God. God’s Way, God’s Word, God’s Grace, God’s
Truth, God’s Righteousness, God’s Love. And we put that over on this side and then
we see Jesus’ side over here. And we put that portion of Christ here and
we say, “Is there any resemblance?” But that’s doing it backwards as far as the
Holy Spirit’s concerned. Christianity does not look from God to Jesus
Christ. It looks from Jesus Christ to God. We know so much more about Jesus than we know
about God. God is the most important of the two, please
listen carefully now. The Good News is not that Jesus is like God. The Good News is that God is like Jesus, and
Jesus has come to reveal it. No one has ever seen God except for God’s
only Son who is in God’s heart. John 1:18 says, ‘No one has ever seen God,
it is God’s only Son who is close to the Father’s heart who has made Him known.’ And Jesus is our link to salvation. We believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ
and our salvation depends on it. So, What are we asked to believe? We are asked to believe what Jesus revealed
about God. Let’s put it in simple terms so that if you
are witnessing to even the youngest you can say first of all, We believe in a very special
baby. That baby’s birth was announced by the angel. That baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was the one to Mary was engaged and
that baby was in Mary and Joseph’s humble home. We believe that God was especially in that
baby. What else do we believe? We believe that that baby grew up to become
God’s Teacher. Jesus taught us that God does not give up
on us even though we are all sinners. Jesus also taught us to love one another. As we believe that God was in that Teacher,
He is the miracle worker. He healed people with all types of diseases
because the Holy Spirit was with Him. God was with Him. He was God’s very special Son. He healed, He raised the dead back to life
again. We believe God was in those miracles. We believe that He was in that Cross. We believe that Jesus made the authorities
angry because He said He was the Son of God and they cried, “Blasphemy.” And they put Him on the Cross.. He allowed evil to murder Him. And we believe that God was in that Cross. We believe that He was buried in a hewn tomb
carved out from the rock. That a stone was rolled over the grave. And we believe that on the third day He bursted
that stone, broke open the doors of death and walked out of there. We celebrate Easter because God was in the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We affirm also that Jesus is very God of very
God, one substance with the Father. Jesus is the Risen Christ! The long awaited Messiah! Jesus is the Alpha, the beginning of our faith
and the center of our lives!! Jesus is in our hearts and we witness to others
about the Risen Christ as we extend Christ’s love to one another. We know that this Jesus, the Divine Son of
God, is our Savior and gives us all of salvation. That when jesus touches our hearts he transforms
us. And as He is transforming us not only though
His Holy Scriptures, the Word He transforms us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He strengthens us. He gives us His best love. And he gives us the opportunity to show others
that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of our lives. God bless you my friend! Amen.