Summary: In this message we will look at the humanity of Jesus and see the awesome things Jesus being flesh and blood has brought to us. (I Am Jesus - part 3)
The Word Became Flesh
I Am Jesus – part 3
(FYI – in my notes whenever you see… [Tim…] – this is a time in my message when I call out different people by name. I find that doing this helps to get everyones attention)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men… 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
- John 1:1-4,10-14 (NIV)
1If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care-- 2then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. 3Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. 4Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
5Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. 6He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. 7Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! 8Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death--and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion. 9Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever… - Philippians 2:1-9 (Msg)
Video Clip 4:51-9:16
“The Passion Of The Christ”
Because God’s children are human beings--made of flesh and blood--Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. 15Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying… it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted. 1And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are bound for heaven, think about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s Messenger and High Priest.
– Hebrews 2:14-3:1 (NLT)
MAN – I really like that last verse… And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are bound for heaven, ‘think about this Jesus’ whom we declare to be God’s Messenger and High Priest…
Think about this Jesus… GUYS - that’s exactly what we are doing at Central Christian Church in the year 2005… THINKING – about this Jesus. AND WE –are thinking about Jesus in new ways… WE – are taking a fresh look at the one who Scripture declares (among many other things) is both God’s messenger and high priest.
LISTEN – the cry of Central Christian Church in 2005 is, “I want to know Christ!” (C-peat) Do you to know Him? Do you want to know Jesus more in 2005? IF – you do then you need to memorize and meditate on this promise… You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD…
- Jeremiah 29:13,14
AND – I encourage you to also pray this prayer…
Lord, you are so great, so awesome
You are overflowing with grace and mercy
You are my king, my savior,
my redeemer and my friend,
Lord, please help me to know you more clearly