It Is All About Jesus
Sermon shared by J Jeffrey Smead
Summary: When doctrine and truth are abandoned, when the authority of the Scriptures is denied you do not get liberal Christianity. You get a whole new religion; Perverted by man. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the truth, Jesus is the life. It Is all about Jesus.
Audience: General adults
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A theological college in the United States ..... invited to their annual conference, ..... a renowned professor as their ..... guest lecturer.
He spoke for two and one-half hours ..... "establishing proofs" ..... that the resurrection of Jesus .... never took place.
The professor quoted scholar after scholar and book after book.
He concluded that since there was no such thing as.... the historical resurrection, ..... the religious tradition of the church .... was groundless.
It was all emotional mumbo-jumbo, ..... because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, ...... never rose from the dead in any literal sense.
After this verbal dissertation he moved back from the lectern and asked if there were any questions.
After about 30 seconds, ..... an elderly pastor with a head of woolly white hair ...... stood up in the back of the auditorium.
"Doctor Professor,.... I have one question", he said ..... as all eyes turned toward him.
He reached into his sack lunch .... and pulled out an apple and began eating it. CRUNCH, "My question is a simple question",....CRUNCH, ...... "Now, I have never read those books you've read"...CRUNCH,... "And I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek"...CRUNCH,... "I know nothing' about Niebuhr and Heidegger"....CRUNCH, ...He finished the apple. "
All I want to know is: ..... This apple I just ate------was it bitter or was it sweet?"
The professor paused for a moment and answered in a scholarly fashion: ..... "I cannot possibly answer that question, .... for I haven't tasted your apple".
The elderly preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, ..... looked up at the professor and said calmly, .... "Neither have you tasted .... my Jesus."
The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves; ..... the auditorium erupted with applause and cheers.
The professor thanked his audience and promptly left the platform. (Pause)
Beloved..... (Slow) It is all about Jesus, ...... It is all about Jesus this morning (evening) and every morning (evening). (Pause)
Hear Paul's Words to us today: BIBLE "For he has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son". END
The Colossians were well taught by Epaphras a faithful minister of Christ (v7) but it became clear to Epaphres that the Colossian Church was having problems with false teaching.
These problems were shared with Paul ...... thus came the letter ..... to the Colossians.
These false teachers were extremely confused about Creation ..... and the physical realm.
These false teachers insisted that all matter was evil, .... including the human body.
They taught that Jesus Christ did not have a real body ..... since this would have put Him in contact with evil matter.
The results of these false teachings were tragic, .... including extreme self-denial and austerity ....on the one hand ...... to unbridled sin on the other.
After all, .... If the physical world is totally sinful, ..... you either try to enslave it ..... or you sinfully .... enjoy it.
The truth is they really did not know Jesus. Jesus is fully man and Jesus is fully God.
In his letter to the Colossians Paul brings forth the truth of who Jesus is.
(1 Lift Finger) Jesus existed before Creation (v. 15).
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