Summary: Who is Jesus?
Topic: God on foot
Text: John 1:1 & 14
Introduction: Who is this Jesus…sounds like a silly question in church. Was he teacher, prophet, healer, rabbi, preacher, or was he something more? The object of my lesson to you today is that you find that he is much, much more.
I. Jesus was present and with God in the beginning
A. As Christians we sometimes think that Jesus didn’t come on the scene until the New Testament
1. Think about our bibles we give out…New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs
2. We seldom discuss the Old Testament, except to illustrate stories such as Noah’s Ark and the Burning Bush
B. Jesus was with God before his birth
1. In John 16:28 Jesus says, “I came forth from the father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the father.”
2. This passage illustrates Jesus being present with God even before his birth
C. The Old Testament is actually a prelude to the life of Jesus, with hundreds of Prophesies about the coming Christ written hundreds of years in advance
1. Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”
2. This is just one of the many prophesies that Jesus fulfilled because he was present in God’s plan from the beginning
II. Jesus has the same authority as God because Jesus is God in the flesh
A. John 10:30 says it best when Jesus declared, “I and the Father are One”
1. This statement helps to realize that Jesus carried the authority of God the father while on Earth
2. The reality of Jesus having all of the authority of God is made possible by God’s incarnation of Jesus
B. Jesus had the authority to heal, to do miracle and to raise the dead
C. All of these things are impossible if Jesus was just a man, but totally possible if Jesus was “God with us”
III. God Dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory
A. When Jesus was on earth, no one knew who he really was
B. What a blessing to those who actually met God in the flesh!
C. But the Word says in John 20:29, “…because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”
D. Through Jesus, God became man.
1. Some people have trouble imagining how a man could be God.
2. A man cannot become God…but God, in all of his authority, could certainly become a man.
The question is ‘who is Jesus to you?’
A good teacher, a friend, a role model…
Or is he God’s son, your savior and the only one who can save you from your sins?