Ever wonder what you’re supposed to be doing as a disciple of Jesus? What Jesus has done for sinners through his life, death, and resurrection not only changes our forever—it changes our now. Whether you’ve been following Jesus for 20 minutes, 20 months, or 20 years—all disciples have the same essential script to follow. I think it’s helpful to think about it in three broad categories laid out in the gospel of Matthew.
- The Great Confession—Matthew 16:13-28
- The Great Commandment—Matthew 22:36-40
- The Great Commission—Matthew 28:18-20
The Great Confession
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, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:13-28)
Disciples Identify with the Identity of Jesus.
Followers of Jesus put their trust in the true identity and mission of Jesus. Who Jesus is and what Jesus left heaven and came to earth to accomplish for sinners matters more than anything. The most important question anyone has to answer is the same question Jesus asks here, “Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus is the Christ. He is the God-man sent by the Father and anointed by the Holy Spirit to rescue, rule, and restore sinners through his perfect-life, cross-death, and glorious-resurrection.
Disciples confess that Jesus lived the life they could not live to give them acceptance with God.
Disciples confess that Jesus died the death they deserve to die in order to forgive their sin, cover their shame, remove their guilt, and deliver them from judgment.
Disciples confess that Jesus was raised from the dead as validation that he was who he said he was and accomplished what he was sent to do.
Disciples confess that their hope for now and forever is bound in the identity & mission of Jesus.
Do you identify with the identity of Jesus?
That’s what disciples do because of what Jesus has done.
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