Summary: The Old Testament and The New Testament are very specific in identifying Jesus.
Text: Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).
Story: “The Incomparable Christ”
In infancy He startled a king; in boyhood He puzzled the doctors, in manhood He walked upon the billows and hushed the sea to sleep.
He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His services. He never wrote a book, yet not all the libraries of the country could hold the books that could be written about Him.
He never wrote a song, yet He has furnished the theme of more songs than all song writers combined. He never founded a college, yet all the schools together cannot boast of as many students as He has.
Great men have come and gone, yet He lives on. Death could not destroy Him; the grave could not hold Him.
He said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).
Do you know this individual?
Have you heard of Him?
Has He done anything for you?
Does He occupy first place in your life and in your heart?
Who is He?
Story: “Who Is the Man?”
A few years ago the principal of the English Mission College at Cairo, Egypt, received a letter from a Japanese Buddhist of the city whose children were attending his school. “Who is John three sixteen? My children are always talking about him?”
The principal sent a note back saying that “John three sixteen” was not a person but a verse out of a book.
He promptly received another letter from the man. “Can you supply me with a copy of the book?”
A copy was sent and although the man was then leaving Cairo, the principal soon received word that the father and all members of the family had become Christians.
Could He be the Messiah talked about in the Old Testament?
He is indeed the Messiah or “the anointed One”. He was God’s Son who came to this earth to carry out a particular and very important mission. He was on a deliverance mission for God the Father. Yes, He was a divine person.
Moses talks about the Messiah in Genesis 3:15. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel”.
These words were spoken to the serpent after the fall of man. The serpent or Satan is our enemy just as he was an enemy to Adam and Eve. He works in direct opposition to the Lord. His object is to draw people away from God and lead them down the path of destruction.
God knew Satan would continue to try and motivate man to move in direct opposition to Him. He tempted Adam and Eve as he has tempted and still tempts people this very day. God was indicating that a strike on the heel was nothing compared to a crushed head.
When God spoke these words to the serpent, He was speaking of His plan to defeat Satan and save the souls of people through His Son Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Isaiah talked about the Messiah by saying, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
His entrance into the world was not the usual way. He was born without a sinful nature. He was a descendant of David. He was in human form and suffered all that any human would suffer.
The prophets spoke of Him, but many did not understand the deep meaning of their message. The messages of the old prophets really form a picture of the Messiah.
When John the Baptist came upon the scene, he was asked the same question: “Who are you?” (John 1:22) John used the words of Isaiah who said, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord’” (John 1:23).
Some of the religious leaders thought that John was the prophet foretold by Moses when he said, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15).
As you recall, the people did listen to John. They believed what he had to say. His message was like one they had never heard. People followed him and his popularity increased.
Then on the other hand there was a possibility John was Elijah because of the words spoken in Malachi 4:5. The words, “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.” Elijah was indeed one of the greatest prophets used by God. It was thought that John might be this great prophet Malachi was referring to.