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Matthew’s Account

Matthew’s Account

After I quoted both John 5 and John 10: Did Jesus claimed to be God and Jews understood Him that way, then the professor said, “No other gospel has any reference whatsoever to Jesus claiming to be God.” I said, “No other?” and he said, “None.” I said let’s look at Matthew Chapter 16 verses 13 to 17.

Jesus was becoming well known. He was doing a lot of mighty works and a lot of rumors were going around. And he probably saw the disciples interacting and discussing, “What do you think about that? Who do you think He is?” and everything.

So Jesus used that as a teaching opportunity to His followers, because Jesus confronted them this way: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And they said said,” and they just repeated some of the rumors, ‘“Well, some say John the Baptist or other Elijah, but still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ But He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ and Simon Peter answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’ And Jesus answered and said, ‘No kidding. Really?’”

That’s not quite what it says. “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My father who is in heaven.’”

One of the greatest testimonies of truth is what I call a positive statement from hostile sources. In other words when you get your enemies or those who are against you to agree on something you said, you’re on pretty good ground that is what was said. This is what happened again in the book of Matthew 27 verses 41-43.

Here are the enemies of Christ. “In the same way the chief priests also along with the scribes and elders were mocking Him and saying, ‘He saved others? He cannot save Himself. He is the king of the Israel? Let Him now come down from the cross and we shall believe in Him. He trusted God, then let Him deliver Him now if he takes pleasure in him for He said,’” now the opponents of Christ are saying that Christ said this, “…for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” At that point the professor interrupted me again.