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WHO IS JESUS CHRIST ?
Transcript of WHO IS JESUS CHRIST ?
JESUS CHRIST ?
SFC Christian Life Program : Talk # 2
Millions today claim to be His followers, almost 2,000 years after His death.
Countless numbers have been martyred for their faith in Him.
let us talk about:
Some Details About His Life
"On the one side clear, definite, moral teaching. On the other, claims which, if not true, are those of a megalomaniac, compared with whom Hitler was the most sane and humble of men. There is no halfway house, and there is no parallel in other religions. If you had gone to Buddha and asked him, 'Are you the
son of Bramah?', he would have said, 'My son, you are still in the vale of illusion'. If you had gone to Socrates and asked, 'Are you Zeus?', he would have laughed at you. If you would have gone to Mohammed and asked, 'Are you Allah?', he would first have rent his clothes then cut your head off. If you had asked Confucius, 'Are you heaven?', I think he would have probably replied, 'Remarks which
are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste'. The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. In my opinion, the only person who can say that sort of thing is either God or a complete lunatic suffering from that form of delusion which undermines the whole mind of man"
[ a quote from C. S. Lewis]
History is full of men who have claimed that they came from God, or that they were gods, or that they bore messages from God. Even the person who this very day founded a new religion.
The book about Him, the Bible, is easily the No. 1 best seller of all time.
famous personalities of all time
based on recent internet polls ---> Source: www.whoismorefamous.com
Most of the time,
we are attracted to people who are great
or who achieved great things in their lives.
These great personalities
may be great in their own right.
But there is one Man
who bested all of them
in all aspects.
It is this Person who won for us our salvation,
who restored us to our relationship with God.
In Him we can have a full and a new life.
Thus, realizing the importance
of this person to us,
we want to know Him more fully.
And so we ask:
The Uniqueness of Jesus
Having been born and raised as Christians, we take for granted our conviction that Jesus is the Son of God. But this was not so for His contemporaries. They found it hard to accept that He was not just an ordinary person
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
…When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?" And they took offense at Him. Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household."… [Mark 6:3]
What we want to know is whether there is any reason not to put Jesus on the same level as famous men who made a difference in the history of the world. Men who were icons of morality,
justice and peace.
He was pre-announced and His coming was expected. Because of Old Testament prophecies, people for a long time were waiting for the Messiah, which saw its fulfillment in Jesus
Once He appeared on the scene,
He struck history with such impact
that He split it in two, dividing it
into two periods: BC and AD.
Anno Domini is Medieval Latin, translated
As In the year of the Lord, and
As in the year of Our Lord.
Every other person who came into this world came into it to live. Jesus came into the world to die.
His death was the goal and fulfillment of His life.
Jesus was a young carpenter in Nazareth
For three years He became an itinerant preacher.
He was never more than 100 miles from His home.
He had never been into cities with a population larger than 50,000.
Within 3 years He was dead, killed in little Jerusalem on the fringes of the Roman empire. He was crucified for stirring up the people.
By right He should simply have faded into complete oblivion. Instead, He is surely the most famous, honored, and best loved person who ever walked the earth.
A very attractive personality. Warm, personal, dynamic. A major attraction of the times.
People are constantly amazed at His teaching and works.
As soon as all the people saw Jesus,
they were overwhelmed with wonder
and ran to greet him.
Strong in mind and body.
He was able to fast
for 40 days.
Down to earth. Not a romantic or a dreamer. Courageous.
A magnetic leader.
He summoned Simon and Andrew, James and John, and Levi, who all followed him immediately.
A man of
He broke long standing traditions
for the sake of a higher righteousness.
He healed the disabled & the sick.
He gave orders to nature which were obeyed.
Not confused or unsure of himself or of his mission.
He resisted the desire
of his followers to make
him a political king.
He rebuked Peter for standing in the way
of his fulfilling the mission given by the Father.
Jesus is very human.
He showed tenderness and personal concern
He experienced anger and grief,
love, compassion, sadness
He even had his favorite time, which was early morning
Jesus is totally unique from
any other personality and so
is clearly worth knowing.
But is there more to him?
Is Jesus worthy to be
the center of my life?
The answer is yes. There is something more to Jesus than to any other person. He is worth
paying more attention to than any other man because HE IS GOD.
How do we know
He is God?
By His miracles?
Miracles only show that God is working through a person.
A man could work miracles and not be God.
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. [John 14:12]
So how do we know?
The answer simply is that Jesus Himself told us so.
But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.
"I and the Father are one.”
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered,
“before Abraham was born, I am!”
Jesus' claim to divinity is a far different claim than Buddha or Confucius or Mohammed ever
made. None of them ever claimed to be God.
Also, Jesus claimed that He could forgive sin
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Story of the paralytic at Capernaum
Liar, Lunatic, or Lord??
Jesus' claim to be God must be either true or false. If false, then we have two and only two
alternatives. Either he knew it was false, in which case He would be a liar, or He did not kn ow it was false, in which case He would be a lunatic.
Could Jesus have lied?
If He lied, then He would have been deliberately deceiving His followers. But not only would
He have been a liar, He would also be:
A hypocrite, because he told others to be honest,
whatever the cost, while he himself taught
and lived a colossal lie.
A demon, because he told others to trust him
for their eternal destiny. If he could not back up
his claims and knew it, then he was unspeakably evil.
A fool because it was his claim to being God that led to his crucifixion.
But we need only look at his person,
his words and his work to conclude
that he could not have been a liar.
Look at his moral purity, dignity, sound intellect, and air of truth.
Consider his character that is so original, consistent, perfect, and high above human greatness.
He carried out a plan of unparalleled beneficence,
moral magnitude and sublimity, and
sacrificed his own life for it.
Would he die for a lie?
The results of his life and teachings have been lives changed for the better, thieves made
honest, hateful individuals becoming channels of love, etc.
Such a man cannot be a liar.
Could Jesus have been a lunatic?
In Jesus we do not see any abnormalities or imbalance that usually go along with being
deranged. In fact, his poise and composure would be amazing if he was insane.
He spoke some of the most profound sayings ever recorded.
Such a man cannot be a lunatic.
If not a liar or a lunatic, the only alternative left to us is that Jesus did speak the truth. He was,
and is, the Son of God as he claimed.
Throughout scripture, we can read about a number of Jesus' contemporaries coming to the
realization that he was God.
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
God Confirmed Jesus' Claim
As many as there were who accepted the divinity of Jesus, there were also others who refused
to accept him. How can we have confirmation of Jesus' divinity?
In the miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
To the Jews, God alone was the one who had the prerogative to give life or to take away life.
But the most conclusive proof is Jesus' own resurrection from the dead. The tombs of Buddha,
Muhammad and the founders of all the great world religions are still with us. Only Jesus' tomb is empty.
Jesus is a man whose words and life demand a response from us. He is making claims that
If He is not God, then we should have nothing to do with Him, because we do not want to be
followers of a liar or a lunatic.
But if He is God, then we should seriously consider Him. Our response will have eternal
Who is Jesus Christ? Liar, lunatic or Lord?
The choice is yours.