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WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? - (PART 1)
by Keith SmithWhat do the words "Jesus Christ" mean to you?
Today, the words "Jesus Christ" are most frequently used as swear words.
People use them in order to vent their anger or frustration.
To some people, the words "Jesus Christ" are an embarrassment. To mention His name at a party or at work is a sure conversation-stopper. If you mention His name, people will accuse you of being a religious fanatic.
Why does bringing up the word "Jesus" make so many people uncomfortable?
However, Jesus was nothing of the kind. He was the most dynamic, attractive, and genuinely good human beings who has ever lived.
Jesus has made the biggest impact upon the world than any one else.
Historian Kenneth Scott Latourette said:
Ernest Renan said:
Jesus has not only made the biggest impact upon the world than anyone else; He can make the biggest impact upon your life as well.
FIRST, WHO IS JESUS?
But fortunately, the gardener heard the others screaming and plunged into the pool to rescue the helpless victim. That youngster was Winston Churchill. His parents, deeply grateful to the gardener, asked what they could do to reward him. He hesitated, then said, "I wish my son could go to college someday and become a doctor." "We'll pay his way," replied Churchill's parents.
Years later when Sir Winston was Prime Minister of England, he was stricken with pneumonia. Greatly concerned, the king summoned the best physician who could be found to the bedside of the ailing leader. That doctor was Sir Alexander Fleming, the developer of penicillin. He was also the son of that gardener who had saved Winston from drowning as a boy.
My friends, at one time, we ourselves were drowning in our sins. We were dying of a serious illness called sin. But on one glories day, Jesus rescued us from our sins.
In July of 1976, when, in a swift display of military precision, courage,
and sheer daring, Israeli commandos rescued 102 Jewish hostages from Uganda,
in Central East Africa.
As great as this mission was, it pales in comparison to the greatest rescue
in history--the saving of mankind by God.
If someone ever asks you, "Who Is Jesus Christ," tell them that Jesus
is the Son of the living God who came to rescue mankind from their sins. Jesus
is the Great Rescuer.
SECOND, WHAT MAKES JESUS SO GREAT & SET APART FROM OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS?
JESUS' TEACHING SETS HIM APART FROM OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
No one in the history of the world has paralleled to the quality, the power, and the authority of the teaching of Jesus.
(1) Nobody has been able to show any evil contained within it.
(2) Nobody has been able to show any good that is not contained with it.
(3) Nobody has been able to surpass it.
In the Bible, people were amazed with Jesus’ teaching.
“No one ever spoke the way this man does...” said the soldiers in (Jn. 7:46) who had been sent to arrest Jesus.
(Mt. 7:28-29) “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”
Back in the first century, the people were astonished and amazed with His teaching, and people are still amazed today.
JESUS’ LIFESTYLE SETS HIM APART FROM OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
Jesus’ teaching, the highest ever given, was backed up by a flawless character. In fact, Jesus’ lifestyle was so flawless, that His disciples were convinced that He was without sin and moral flaw. They wrote about His spectacular life style:
(1 Pet. 2:22) “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats.”
(Hebrews 4:15) “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.”
Jesus practiced what He preached.
He not only taught people to love their enemies;
He not only claimed that the highest thing a man could do for his friends was to lay down his life; He did it (John 15:13).
His pure lifestyle should motivate us to model our lives after Him. Young people, if you are looking for a role model, don't look for it in sports stars. Charles Barclay summoned it up best: I am not your kids role model. Parents should be. Kids, you should model your lives after your parents and more importantly after Jesus.
JESUS’ MIRACLES SETS HIM APART FROM OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
In the Bible, we read that Jesus performed about 35 different miracles.
He did things like change water into wine, calm a storm, raise the dead, and cure people of their diseases.
Why did Jesus heal people?
"Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it" (Mk. 16:20).
Jesus healed out of compassion.
On one occasion a man with leprosy came to Jesus and got on His knees and begged him “to make him clean." “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. I am willing, He said. Be clean” (Mk. 1:41)
I believe with all of my heart that Jesus is still healing people today.
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth,
if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’
and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen,
it will be done for him.
JESUS’ FULLMENT OF PROPHECY SETS HIM APART FROM OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
Dr. Charles C. Ryrie has pointed out that, by the law of chance, it would require two hundred billion earth’s, populated with four billion people each, to come up with one person who could achieve one hundred accurate prophecies without errors in sequence. But the Bible records not one hundred but over three hundred prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.
JESUS’ CLAIMS SET HIM APART FROM OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
Jesus is different from other religious leaders such as Buddha, Mohammed, and Confucius, because Jesus claimed to be God and these other teachers did not. Jesus claims were identifying Him as more than just a prophet or teacher. He made claims to deity.
(John 10:30) “I and the Father are one.”
(John 1:1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
(Romans 9:5) “Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised. Amen.”
(Titus 2:13) “...while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing
of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ...”
What makes Jesus so great and set apart from other religious leaders?
Jesus' teaching, lifestyle, miracles, fulfillment of prophecy and His claims make Him great and set apart from other religious leaders.
As I said earlier, Jesus is the great rescuer, and this morning, He can rescue you from your sins and give you eternal life. He can also rescue you from other things as well.
He can rescue you from your burdens, your illnesses, your depression, your anger and sadness. Whatever you are struggling with, He can help.
For in (Mt. 11:28-30), He is reaching out to you with the words:
My friends, the great rescuer is here for you this morning, if you would like to come to Him,
By Keith Smith