Summary: Sermon that ask the question: Can a thinking person believe in Christ. Part 1 of 2
Thinking Faith and the Christ Question
Luke 24: 25-27
Golf Story (Master Tournament)
Great concern with God is what we believe about Christ.
When you stand before God He will ask you 1 question, what did you do about my son Christ?
Jesus is the problem. The point of offense.
Bible says Jesus is the stumbling stone.
Great controversy in the world today about Christ.
*** Swarthmore college ; diploma debate
*** BC / AD verses BCE / CE
Sounds like agenda against Christ!!!!
It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or the bible.
Issue is what you believe about Christ.
Can you believe in Christ???
Jesus said he was God
Said; I and the Father are one, if you’ve seen me you have sent he Father.
John 8, Abraham rejoiced to see my day
Before Abraham was, I AM.
Pharisees P/U stones to stone him to death, WHY? He was declaring himself to be God.
Moses in the burning bush: God said; I am that I am
I am became the designation for God
Every time Jesus said I am he was proclaiming to be God.
Some reasons why thinking people should believe in Christ.
1. Prophesies fulfilled
In OT over 300 prophesies about the coming of the messiah.
They contain 456 specific predictions about Christ.
Jesus fulfilled them all.
Isaiah 7 conceived of a virgin Matt.1
Gen 12 descendent of Abraham Matt 1
Gen 21 Descendent of Isaac Heb 11
Zachariah 11 betrayed for 30 pieces of silver Matt 27
Zachariah 12 Side would be pierced John 19
Zachariah 11 money used to betray would be returned Matt 27
We could go on and on and on.
2. Miracles He performed
Jesus said the miracles he performed was evidence he was who he said he was.
Read John 10 vs 37
Read John 14 vs 11-12
John Baptist doubted an ask “are you the messiah or are we looking for someone else”
Jesus answered: tell John the dead are raised to life, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear. The miracles prove I am who I say I am.
3. The Effect he has on everyones life.
No one else in History has had the impact Jesus has had on peoples lives.
Many others tried but none is like Christ
Socrates: do good for humanity, had many followers.
His teaching shave been forgotten in large part
The teachings of Christ go on and on WHY?
Socrates wasn’t found to be God, Jesus was.
Epics of time; no matter if BC/AD or BCE/ CE history is still divided at the birth of Christ.
You are here today WHY?
Because He is who he says he is and you know it!!!!
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
He is who he said he is
Did what he said he would do
God who became man
Died on cross for you and me
That’s what it means
1 last logical conclusion:
If thinking person, weight the evidence
Maybe I haven’t convinced you
If Christ is who he said he was
If Christ did what he said he did
HE CAN STILL DO WHAT HE SAYS HE CAN DO
Forgive you of your sins
Guarantee you eternal life
Assure you of heaven
Bring you to a relationship with God
Change your heart
Give you a new heart, new start, new life, new beginning.
He is who he says he is
Did what he said he did
Can still do what he says he can do.