Summary: With 19 words, Jesus answered three questions that human kind have asked for centuries.
A Hebrew teacher stood in front of his classroom and said, "The Jewish people have observed their 5,759th year as a people. Consider that the Chinese, for example, have only observed their 4,692nd year as a people. What does that mean to you?" After a moment of silence, one student raised his hand. "Yes, David," the teacher said. "What does that mean?" "It means that the Jews had to do without Chinese food for 1,063 years."
We typically get our names from one of four sources:
1. Locality – Appleby (By the apple tree) West, Woods
2. Occupation – Cook, Baker, Smith, Farmer, Bowman
3. Father’s given name – John’s Son = Johnson, Smithson
4. Personal Characteristics – James Strong, Little, Stout,
Jesus was a fairly common name in the culture of the New Testament. To distinguish him from others, he is spoken of as "Jesus of Nazareth" (John 18:7 (quickview) ), and "Jesus the son of Joseph" (John 6:42 (quickview) ). There is another Jesus mentioned in the New Testament – Jesus (Colossians 4:11 (quickview) )
This is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua, which was originally Hoshea (Num 13:8,16), but changed by Moses into Jehoshua (Num 13:16; 1 Chron 7:27), or Joshua. After the Exile it assumed the form Jeshua, whence the Greek form Jesus. It was given to our Lord to denote the object of his mission, to save (Matt 1:21 (quickview) ).
My goal in the next four weeks is simple – To turn our thoughts toward Jesus. His 350 names and descriptions reveal diverse dimensions of his power, love, grace, glory and goodness. Each of these names helps us to comprehend and appreciate Him and they reassure us of his love.
“Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
• The most controversial 19 words ever spoken.
• Either of these statements is profound enough to stagger any one, but here all three together can be overwhelming.
"I am the way that leads to the truth (about God) and to the life (that God gives)."
He is answering three questions that the human race has asked for centuries. They are questions that all of us have asked.
1. How can I know God?
• Six times in the Book of Acts, following Jesus was described as the Way.
“For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ’The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them."
There is a popular teaching today that proclaims that all people will eventually be saved and that no one goes to the fiery-hell to suffer for their sins. It means that everyone is saved, whether or not they have accepted or openly rejected Jesus’ atonement.
The “many roads lead to God” doctrine is paramount to the postmodern mindset because in that mindset, all opinions must be counted as equal.
• The enemy wants us to believe that God created an unfair system of redemption and has made it extremely difficult to make it to heaven.