Witnesses of Jesus (PM)

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 16:13–17


A.  If Jesus did not parade Himself as the Messiah, how did Peter conclude that He was in fact the Son of God (Matthew 16:16)?

B.  Peter listened to the witnesses of Jesus, and so must we.


I.  Jesus first calls John the Baptist to the stand (John 5:32–35).

A.  This was a man of excellent reputation (Matthew 11:11, 21:26).

B.  His coming was prophesied (Matthew 17:10–13; Malachi 4:5).

C.  He testified of Jesus to his disciples (John 1:6–9, 34–37).

II.  Jesus calls His own works to the stand (John 5:36).

A.  They spoke for themselves (Luke 7:19–23; John 15:24).

B.  Jesus didn’t profit from them in any way (John 7:16–18).

III.  Jesus next calls the Father to the stand (John 5:37–38).

A.  This first occurred at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:13–17).

B.  It happened on the “holy mountain” (2 Peter 1:16–18).

IV.  Jesus calls the Scriptures as His next witness (John 5:39).

A.  The apostles often used the Scriptures to identify Jesus as the Christ (Acts 2; 8:35; 17:2–3; 26:27).

B.  Jesus used them to the same end (Luke 26:46–48).

V.  Jesus calls Moses to the stand next (John 5:45–47).

A.  Peter called on this witness in Jerusalem (Acts 3:22–23).

B.  Stephen called on this witness in his defense (Acts 7:34–53).

C.  Paul preached from the writings in Rome (Acts 28:23–24).


A.  Can we call our works as a witness that we are Christians?

B.  Are you making the great confession that Peter made?

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