Summary: Message 2 of 5 on the passion of God - people. Today we explore what Jesus is really all about – in his own words. This message came after the healing of the man paralyzed for 38 years and the boy who was healed from his illness at the exact hour that J
The Da Vinci Code
A Historical Novel by Dan Brown
I have made the decision to read this book because I am concerned about it’s message. My understanding is that according to the author, Jesus was a man and an opportunist. It asserts among other things that Jesus was an opportunistic man who was trying to gain the Davidic Throne. He died and was deified 300 years later.
It is one of those works that is attempting to rewrite history according to the belief system of those who would discredit and undermine the Christian faith.
Sandra Miesel writes, "From both Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Templar Revelation, Brown takes a negative view of the Bible and a grossly distorted image of Jesus. He’s neither the Messiah nor a humble carpenter but a wealthy, trained religious teacher bent on regaining the throne of David. His credentials are amplified by his relationship with the rich Magdalen who carries the royal blood of Benjamin: “Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false,” laments one of Brown’s characters."
Yet it’s Brown’s understanding of the history of man and the history of Christianity that’s false — and blindingly so.
The idea of people dismissing Jesus is nothing new
People have been attempting to dismiss the person of Jesus from the first day that he set foot in the temple in Jerusalem.
What is new is that fiction is being used to rewrite history!
I don’t have time to go into the reasons that we can have confidence in the Bible record this morning. I am planning on a 4 session series called “The Da Vinci Code” Talks later this spring.
Today we explore what Jesus is really all about – in his own words. This message came after the healing of the man paralyzed for 38 years and the boy who was healed from his illness at the exact hour that Jesus said he would be healed.
The leaders of his day rigorously challenged Jesus because of his teachings, his actions, and the threat they saw in him to their own position of power. John 5 is a direct record of Jesus response to their questions and challenges.
The resulting message is profound, piercing and powerful. We’re going to hit the high points this morning.
The Claims of Jesus
The key issue underlying the whole message is that Jesus claimed to be more than just another rabbi or prophet.
First: Jesus claimed to have power over death
A woman was given the news of her terminal cancer and impending death. At first she just wept quietly. Eventually, she said I’m not upset that I’m dying. I’m crying because I’ve never lived. Jesus claimed to be able to defeat death and give life.
John 5:21 (NCV)
21 Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to those he wants to.
This was a power limited only to God
Jehovah held the three great keys:
The key to open the heavens and give rain (Deut. 28:12)
The key to open the womb and give conception (Gen. 30:22)
The key to open the grave and raise the dead (Ezek. 37:13)
Jesus had not yet raised anyone from the dead
As far as the Gospel records are concerned, Jesus had not yet raised anyone from the dead; so to make this claim was to invite even more opposition.