Lesson Three Jesus, The Son Of God. Welcome To This Lesson About Christianity. At The Very Outset Of Our Study We Observed That There Are Three Pillars Of Foundations Upon Which Christianity Rests. There Is a God .
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Welcome To This Lesson About Christianity.
There Is a God.
There Is a God.
The Bible Isthe Word of God.
Jesus Did More To Change The Course Of Human History Than Any Man Who Ever Lived.
Jesus Said The Law Of Moses, Isaiah, The Prophets In General, And Many Of The Psalms Are Speaking Of Him.
Let’s Look At A Few More Passages Where Jesus Speaks Of Himself.Luke 24:27, 44-45
John 5:39-40 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
John 5:46-47 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"
By A Friend (Psalm 41:9)
For 30 Pieces Of Silver (Matthew 27:9-10: Zechariah 11:12)
That Would Be Cast Onto The Floor Of The Temple (Zechariah 11:13)
And Used To Buy A Potter’s Field (Matthew 26:10)Prophecies Continue
That is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.Using Science Of Probability
They Will Cover All Of The State Two Feet Deep.
Now Mark One Of Those Silver Dollars And Stir The Whole Mass Thoroughly, All Over The State.
Blindfold A Man And Tell Him That He Can Travel As Far As He Wishes, But He Much Pick Up One Silver Dollar And Say That This Is The Right One.
What Chance Would He Have Of Getting The Right One?
Just The Same Chance That The Prophets Would Have Had Of Writing Eight Prophecies And Having Them All Come True In Any One Man, Providing They Wrote In Their Own Wisdom.
But They All Came True In Christ!
The Old Testament Gives Us Plenty Of Evidence To Prove That He Is The Messiah.Example
In Daniel 9:25, Daniel Foretells That A “Prince” Would Come At A Particular Time Just As Jesus Did.More Historical Proof
John 17:3-5“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began”.
Jesus Was Not A Created Being.
► He Was The Creator!
Notice The Plural Nature Of God In Genesis.
"Let US make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness”,Jesus Makes It Clear
Jesus Was God,
And He Came To Live With Us
“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did.“ So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
Notice His Conclusion About Jesus Being The Christ.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?“ They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.“ "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?“ Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.“ Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
Jesus Also Said That He And The Father Were One.
The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.“ Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one.“ Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?“ "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."Jesus’ Claim
Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.“ For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus Always Referred To God As “My Father.” No Jew Had Ever Done That Before. They Understood His Claim Was To Be Equal With God.
I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!“ At this, they picked up stones to stone him . . .
Jesus Referred To Himself In A Timeless Way By Saying He Was “I Am.”
In The Old Testament, That Was A Name God Called Himself (Exodus 3:13-14).
These Jews Knew That Jesus Was Claiming To Be the Divine Nature Of God In Human Flesh And For This Reason They Opposed Him.“I AM”
Jesus Is A Fulfillment Of Prophecy. Everything Written About Jesus In The Old Testament Was Fulfilled In His Life.
The Samaritan Eyewitnesses Said He Was The Savior Of The World.
Even His Opponents Knew He Claimed To Be Of A Divine Nature, Equal With God.
Let’s Summarize What We’ve Studied So Far.
Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.“ Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
"Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
Jesus Was “Accredited” (NIV), “Attested” (RSV), Or Approved” (KJV) By God With The Miracles God Did Through Him.
Acts 2:23-24, 32
This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him . . . God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.The Resurrection Proves His Claim
Paul Tells Us That Over Five Hundred People Saw Him After The Resurrection (1Corinthians 15:3-6).
This Is Important To Note Because These Documents Written By Paul And Peter Were Circulated Among The Very People That Paul And Peter Say Were Witnesses.
None Of Them Took His Resurrection As A Statement Of Fiction But As Fact.
The Resurrection Of Jesus Is The One Miracle That Truly Proves He Was The Son Of God.Resurrection Of Jesus Was A Witnessed Fact.
Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you."
He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus Said One Sign Would Be Sufficient To Prove His Claim, His Resurrection On The Third Day.
Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?“ Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.“ The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?“ But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.“
Jesus Claims That He Has The Authority To Lay Down His Life (As A Sacrifice),
The Authority To Take It Up Again (His Resurrection)
And That His Father Gave Him That Authority.
His Resurrection From The Dead Is Proof Of His Authority.
Romans 1:4 . . . (Jesus) was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
His Resurrection Was The Most Important Event Since Creation.
Paul, In The Above Verse, Says He Was Declared Or Proven To Be The Son Of God By His Resurrection From The Dead.Again, Jesus Points To His Own Resurrection On The Third Day As Proof Of His Authority And Identity.
Jesus Perfectly Fulfilled The Old Testament Law And Prophets, Everything That God Had Foretold About The Messiah’s Coming.
Jesus Claimed To Be The Son Of God And His Eyewitnesses Agreed.
Jesus Proved His Claim By The Miraculous Signs He Performed And The Words He Spoke.
The Final Proof Of His Claim Was His Resurrection From Death On The Third Day.Conclusion To Lesson Three
Think About What They Are Saying. It Is Impossible For Jesus To Be Just A Good Man Because Good Men Do Not Tell Those Kinds Of Lies.
Jesus Said He Was The Son Of God. He Is Either A Liar Or The Son Of God.
The Evidence Is Overwhelming.
He Is Both Lord And Christ.
He Is The Son Of God, God Become Flesh, God With Us.
If He Is The Son Of God, You Must Listen To Him.
He Is Telling You The Truth.
You Must Make Him Lord And Place Him On The Throne Of Your Life.Some Are Still Skeptical
We Have Now Looked At The Three Major Pillars Of The Christian Faith:
There Is a God.
The Bible Isthe Word of God.
Jesus Is The Son Of God.
What You Do With These Facts Is Your Choice.
May God Richly Bless You In Your Search For Truth.