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Summary: How is Jesus’ identity discovered?

A SURE IDENTITY—Luke 7:18-23 (quickview) 

A CARD YOU WILL NEVER SEE IN HALLMARK

"You are such a good friend that if we were on a sinking ship and there was only one life jacket....

I’d miss you heaps & think of you often."

The card revealed the true identity of the recipient’s ‘friend’.

Jesus’ identity as Messiah is sure/certain.

John the Baptist needed assurance of the validity of Jesus’ ministry.

God’s people can be certain that Jesus’ is Messiah.

How is Jesus’ identity discovered?

4 means of discovering Messiah’s identity.

1—Jesus’ identity is discovered thru

HIS PAST(:18-19)

—Explanation:(:18-19) Expectation

:18—“And the disciples of John reported to him about all these things.”

:19—“And summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?””

“The Expected One”—

Dan. 9:24-27—“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people & your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision & prophecy, & to anoint the most holy place. “So you are to know & discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore & rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks & sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza & moat, even in times of distress. “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off & have nothing, & the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city & the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice & grain offering; & on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.””

“Or...Someone else”—

His Father, His mother

—Argumentation:

The Case For Christ—Probability of any one person accidently fulfilling just 8 of the requirements for being the Christ/Messiah...

...An area the size of Texas covered 2 ft. deep with silver dollars—1 marked— & picking the only one with the mark on it.

—Illustration:

Wayne Blank(brother-in-law)/Doesn’t know his father—Physical history & makeup unknown/His Past is important/His PAST

Catherine’s car/No repair history!/Its PAST

Professorial Applicant at University/Educational history needed/His PAST

—Application:

?You Discovered Jesus’ identity thru His PAST?

?You discovered Jesus’ identity?

2—Jesus’ identity is discovered thru

OUR DELEGATION(:19-20)

—Explanation:(:19-20) Deputation/Representation

:19—“And summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”

:20—“And when the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?’””

Ask Jesus directly

Ask Christians—Those willing to find truth when they hear it.


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