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Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:41-46

What Christ Is To Us


1.  Jesus has always been many things to people (misguided Rabbi; social revolutionary, great moral teacher, Messiah, Son of God…), Matt. 16:13-16.

2.  Matt. 22:41-46: “What do you think about the Christ?” deserves more than a casual, customary or traditional response.

  a.  We must know the object of our faith, 2 Tim. 1:12; Jno. 14:7-11.

  b.  Whether or not Jesus is the object of your faith affects your eternal judgment, 2 Ths. 1:8-9.

3.  Christians know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God with whom we are united, Jno. 17:21; Rom. 6:5; Gal. 2:20; 4:19.

4.  What Christ is and ought to be to everyone.


I.  OUR SAVIOR, Lk. 2:11 (Acts 4:12).

  A.  Came to Save the Lost, Lk. 19:10.

    1.  Lost in sin, Matt. 1:21. (Sin destroys happiness, safety & the soul; cf. Eden.)

    2.  Savior of the world, Jno. 4:42 (Rom. 3:23).

    3.  Salvation from God’s just wrath against sin, Rom. 5:9.

  B.  Sacrifice for the Sins of the World, 1 Jno. 2:2; Rom. 5:6-11.

  C.  Will Save All Who Believe, 1 Tim. 4:10.


II. OUR LORD, Eph. 4:5; Phil. 2:9-11.

  A.  A Ruler: He Exercises Dominion, Matt. 22:42-45 (Psa. 110:1); 28:18 (Eph. 1:21-23).

    1.  He has a will we are to understand and obey, Eph. 5:17.

    2.  His will is not hidden; it is revealed, Jno. 12:48.

    3.  Our submission to his will is mandatory, Phil. 2:10-11.

  B.  A Master: We are in His Service, Matt. 23:10-12.

    1.  The nature of our service to the Master, Eph. 6:5-8:

      a.  Reverent, obedient, singular devotion, from the heart, with goodwill.

      b.  Just as the Lord rewards the faithful servants of men, He will reward his faithful servants (Matt. 24:45-47).

    2.  Christians humbly & faithfully serve Jesus as their Ruler and Master (Lk. 17:5-10).


III. OUR MODEL, 1 Pet. 2:21.

  A.  Jesus has Walked the Path before us:

    1.  Humility, Jno. 13:12-17 (Phil. 2:1-5).

    2.  Love, Jno. 13:34 (Eph. 5:1-2).

    3.  Sacrifice, Eph. 5:25.

    4.  Patient endurance, 1 Pet. 2:18-21.

  B.  Always Look to Jesus, 1 Jno. 2:6; Heb. 12:1-3 (1 Cor. 11:1).


IV. OUR LIFE, Col. 3:4.

  A.  Source of Life, (originator, “Prince of life”, Acts 3:15); Jno. 1:4; 6:51.

  B.  Strength & Sustainer of our Life, Phil. 1:21; Gal. 2:20.

      -Think, speak, behave, love, serve, give – Live as he lived.


V. OUR LOVE, Jno. 14:15.

  A.  Our Actions will Define our Love, Jno. 14:19-24.

    1.  Obedience to his commands – Love & fellowship.

    2.  Obedience is not “legalism” – It is our expression of love for God!

    3.  Love put into action assures our hearts, 1 Jno. 3:16-19.


VI. OUR PEACE, Jno. 16:33. [Prince of peace]

  A.  Jesus is our Peace with God and Man, Eph. 2:13-18.

    1.  One body (of peace); the church, 2:14-16.

    2.  Means of our peace with God, 2:16-18 (Rom. 5:1).

  B.  A Peace not of this World, Jno. 14:27.

    1.  His peace gives courage and comfort to man’s heart, Phil. 4:6-7.

    2.  His peace is to rule in your heart, Col. 3:15.


VII. OUR HOPE OF GLORY, Col. 1:27 (1 Tim. 1:1).

  A.  The Christian’s Hope, Rom. 5:2 (1 Pet. 1:3).

      -Our only desire and expectation of future, eternal happiness is Jesus (Heb. 2:10).

  B.  The Christian’s Glory, Col. 3:4; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Jno. 3:2-3.


-1 Cor. 15:19-



1.  What do you think about the Christ? Whose son he is? (Matt. 22:42)

2.  What is Christ to you?