WHO IS JESUS?

Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws which govern your relationship with God.

1. God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life.

  • God’s Love
    “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).
  • God’s Plan
    [Jesus Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).

So, why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because…

2. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.

  • Man Is Sinful
    “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

    Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
  • Man Is Separated
    “The wages of sin is death”
    [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23). God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. Man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion — but he inevitably fails.The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf…

3. Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.

  • He Died in Our Place
    “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
  • He Rose From the Dead
    “Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
  • He Is the Only Way to God
    “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me’
     (John 14:6).
  • This tells us that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
    It is not enough just to know these three laws…

4. We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

  • We Must Receive Christ
    “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). 
  • We Receive Christ Through Faith.
  • “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast”  (Ephesians 2:8,9).                             
  • When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth  (Read John 3:1-8).
  • We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation                                                                  [Christ speaking] “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

Two Kinds of Lives:
The Self-directed life       Self is on the throne. Interests are directed by self, resulting in discord and frustration. Christ is outside the person’s life.

or

   The Christ-directed life
Christ is on the throne. Self is yielding to Christ. Interests are directed by Christ, resulting in harmony with God’s plan.

You can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith through prayer:

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, please pray the prayer right now and Jesus Christ will come into your life, as He promised. Jesus loves you; even the worst of you.

Interesting Facts About Jesus

  1. Jesus is God
John 1:1; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.
John 1:14; Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw His glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.
John 20:28; Thomas replied to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Colossians. 2:9; For in Him all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form.
Titus 2:13; As we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
John 8:24; Thus, I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.
John 8:56-58; 56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57 Then the Judeans replied, “You are not yet fifty years old! Have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I am!”
  1. Jesus is the only Savior
John 4:42; They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one really is the Savior of the world.”
1 John 4:14; And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
  1. Jesus is before all things
Colossians 1:17; He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him.
  1. Jesus is eternal
John 1:1; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.
John 8:58; Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I am!”
  1. Jesus is honored the same as the Father
John 5:23; So that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
  1. Jesus is to be worshiped
Matthew 2:2; saying, “Where is the one who is born King of the Jews?  For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2.8; 7 Then Herod privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find Him, inform me so that I can go and worship Him as well.”
Matthew 2.11; As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary His mother, they bowed down and worshiped Him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 14:33; Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 28:9; But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to Him, held on to His feet and worshiped Him.
Matthew 28.17; When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted.
John 9:35-37; 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so He found the man and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 The man replied, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus told him, “You have seen Him; He is the one  speaking with you.”
  1. Jesus is omnipresent and always with us
Matthew 28:20; teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  1. Jesus is our only mediator with God
1 Timothy 2:5; For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human
  1. Jesus is the only way to the Father
John 10:7; So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 1  I am the door for the sheep
John 10.9; I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 3 and find pasture.
John 14:6; Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”.
  1. Jesus cleanses us from sin
Luke 5:20; When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 7:48; Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
1 John 1:9; “But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness”.
Matthew 9:1-7; After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. Just then some people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” Then some of the experts in the law said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!”
When Jesus perceived their thoughts he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then he said to the paralytic—“Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” So he stood up and went home.
Who is Jesus to you?
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JESUS IS GOD

Scriptural Evidence From the Book of John

John’s gospel provides a picture of Jesus unlike any other place in Scripture. John’s answer to Christ’s identity is an affirmation that Jesus is God. And all the evidence that is required to prove this statement is found in God’s Word, particularly in the book of John. According to (John 1:1-5),
Jesus is the eternal God, Creator of everything, and source of life who was with God in the beginning.

Who did Jesus say He was?

  • “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me” (John 10:14).
  • “I am the door of the sheep … if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved” (John 10:7-9).
  • “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
  • “He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me” (John 12:45).
  • “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12).
  • “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

What was Jesus’ relationship to God the Father?

  • “Let Us make man in Our image” (Gen. 1:26). The words “Us” and “Our” refer to the Trinity, which includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
  • “If you knew Me, you would know My Father also” (John 8:19).
  • “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17). All three members of the Trinity are mentioned in this passage.
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). John was testifying that Jesus was God in human flesh.
  • “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3). John identifies Him as the Creator, which is also supported by Genesis 1:26.
  • “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Col. 1:15-17). Paul also affirms that Jesus is the Creator.
  •  “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).
  • “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” (John 14:11).
  • “The very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me” (John 5:36).
  • “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him” (John 8:29).

Jesus came that we might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). The Father sent Him to earth to walk in human flesh, face temptation without sin, and perform miracles that testified of His deity. Eventually He died on a cross to bear the punishment for our sins so that everyone who believes in Him could be forgiven and receive eternal life. And all of this was motivated by God’s love for us (John 3:16). Jesus is the only One who can save us from eternal condemnation. So what will you do with the truth about Him?

Sermon by Pastor Charles Stanley (2018). Retrieved from https://www.intouch.org/read/blog/jesus-is-god