May-June 2018
Vol. 189


Matthew 16:14
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 16 we find the Apostle Peter's confession. This chapter could be effortlessly outlined like this:
I.  Jesus And His Foes. (verses 1-4)

II.  Jesus And His Friends. (verses 5-28)
It is while the Apostle Matthew is dealing (under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit) with "Jesus And His Friends" that a person gets the detailed information on the preaching of the Son of God.  (verse 14)
Evangelist Oliver B. Greene once wrote about our text, "They had mixed feelings about His identity.  But while the people did not agree on who Jesus was, most of them recognized that He was not just an ordinary teacher or preacher."
Never forget:  Revival would sweep America in short order if those who stepped to the sacred desk took the same approach to preaching as the Son of God did.
Friend, you and I need to know that the Savior should be the divine schematic to a preacher's sermon delivery!
There are 3 certain characteristics of Christ-like preaching:  (All found in Matthew 16:14)
 A certain characteristic of Christ-like preaching is the conviction of a John the Baptist. ("And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist,")  When Jesus flipped over the money changers tables in the Temple, someone may have said, "That reminds me of the strong stand of John The Baptist!" (Matt. 21:12 & 13)  It would do a preacher well to have a moment in every sermon where his vigorous belief on the topic at hand is seen.  Nobody wondered what the wilderness mouth piece of God thought about a wicked politician's marital status.  (Luke 3:19)  The conviction of a John The Baptist!

 A certain characteristic of Christ-like preaching is the compulsion of an Elijah.  ("Some Elias;")  When Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee and said, "Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men", and professional fishermen left their livelihood to follow Him, someone might have said, "That resembles the invitation Brother Elijah gave on Mount Carmel!"  (Mark 1:17)  Preaching that doesn't call people to the altar to make a decision about what they just heard is a COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME!  (I Kings 18:30)  The compulsion of an Elijah!

 A certain characteristic of Christ-like preaching is the compassion of a Jeremiah.  ("and others, Jeremias,")  When Jesus watched the crowds that would come to hear Him preach, His heart would break because they had no spiritual leadership, someone may have said, "That reminds me of the passion of Jeremiah!"  (Matt. 9:36)  Preacher, don't bring a Bible to the pulpit if you don't have a burden too.  Truth that is mingled with tears always has been a true hallmark of Christ-like preaching!  (Jer. 9:1)  The compassion of Jeremiah!