Summary: “And beginning at Moses and the prophets.” Jesus began to teach the two from the Old Testament about Himself. That means that Jesus began in Genesis all the way to the book of Malachi giving Scripture about His coming and death. That means that Jesus was
Is Jesus the predicted Messiah?
Luke 24:27 11/01/06
I want to do a series for our Wednesday night studies about a deeper walk with the Lord. How many of us would like a deeper walk in our life with the Lord Jesus? I am doing this on Wednesday nights because I believe you do desire a deeper walk with our Lord.
Now Jesus is walking with the two on the road that leads to Emmaus. Jesus has already been crucified, buried and resurrected. So this is the third day since His death and it says in Luke 24:27, “And beginning at Moses and the prophets.” Jesus began to teach the two from the Old Testament about Himself. That means that Jesus began in Genesis all the way to the book of Malachi giving Scripture about His coming and death. That means that Jesus was talking to them about Himself in the 39 books of the Old Testament. Can you imagine hearing the Scriptures from the lips of Jesus Himself?
Now let me tell you to start with the key to having a deeper life in the Lord Jesus is to love Him with all your heart and soul. The key to the church being what Jesus intends for it to be is to love Him and to love one another and to love lost people. With that being the key, how do you fall in these areas? Do you love Jesus with all your heart and soul? Do you love one another? Do you have a love for lost people enough to share with them the Gospel? If not, then in order to have a deeper walk with the Lord, these are three keys you must have. I just believe I am talking to some who have these as number one priorities.
Now we know that Peter denied Jesus before He was crucified and after the resurrection, Jesus was cooking breakfast on the shore when the disciples come ashore. Peter was with them and Jesus asked Peter a question. He said Peter do you love me? Would you say that Peter had backslide? Look at the way back to Jesus is to love Him like you use to love Him. That is what backsliding is, not loving Jesus like you use to love Him.
Some Scriptures that speak to this very thing is found in the book of the Revelation. There you find the letters to the churches in chapter 2 and 3. You find in the letter to the first church, the church of Ephesus Jesus talked about the things they were doing and most of them were good but Jesus said I have somewhat against you; you have left your first love. That means the church had a love for the Lord at one time but now did not love the Lord as they once had. The church was backsliding because it had left its first love.
Not to long in the future, I am going to do a series of messages on the churches found in the book of the Revelation. Every person needs three homes. You need a home for the family and that is after you leave the service. You need one for the future when you are out of this world and that is heaven. You need a home for your faith and that is the church. It is necessary for people to have 3 homes.
Now we get back to the Scripture we have read tonight and Jesus started in the book of Genesis and taught about Himself to the book of Malachi. Jesus is in every book of the Bible. There is more evidence that Jesus lived than there is that George Washington lived. In fact, there is more evidence that Jesus lived than there is any other person on the earth. There is one thing that is necessary to believe that Jesus lived and that is to believe the Bible. His life is found in the Scriptures and we have to believe the Scriptures to believe that He existed. To know Him is to believe the Bible and to believe the Bible is to love Him.
The first point I want us to talk about in our first study of a deeper walk with the Savior is THE MIRACULOUS PRESENCE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY.
The very fact that the Old Testament makes predictions is a miracle. Prophecy is predicting some events in the future with absolute accuracy. Now I can make predictions of some things. I can say the sun is going to come up in the morning. You don’t have any trouble with that do you? I can say the sun is going to come up at a certain time. That is not hard to do if I can get the information about the sun rise. But If I say the sun is going to come up in the morning and after one hour it will turn as black as tar, then I have raised the stakes a little about my prophecy. Now you may go to questioning if I am really accurate in my prophecy.