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Life In The Son

Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). The Apostle John wrote his biography of Jesus so that people would believe in Jesus and that by believing we would have life in His name. John 1:4 (NIV) says, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John also wrote in his first letter about the correlation between Jesus and life. He says:

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:12 (NIV)

If you want to get a life, you’ve got to get Jesus because Jesus IS life. So many people wander aimlessly through life wondering if there is anything more to it. Is there any purpose to life? Is there any meaning to life? YES! It is found in Jesus Christ, the Son of God! He came to give us life to the fullest (John 10:10). Jesus came to give life and He wants to give it to you. If you want life, you need Jesus. He willingly and graciously gives life to all who earnestly seek Him.

The Jesus Test

How can you recognize a false prophet, false teacher or false religion? There’s a simple test and it involves Jesus, the Son of God.

This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. – 1 John 4:2-3 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit testifies that Jesus is the Son of God, sent from God to save us from our sins. Any religion, prophet or teacher that does not promote, preach or teach Jesus is not true. It all comes down to the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was more than a good man. He was more than a good teacher. He was more than a prophet. Jesus is the Son of God. Every false religion, false prophet and false teacher is an antichrist for Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Who Is Jesus?

Good Thursday morning to you!  At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew says that the people were in awe of Jesus because of the way that He taught.

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

– Matthew 7:28-29 (NIV)
Jesus taught with authority because Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He was God in human flesh. Jesus is the One to Whom all authority in Heaven and on earth was given. There is coming a day when every knee will bow before Him and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is not just a good man, a good teacher or a mere prophet. He is God and He is sitting in the position of honor at the right hand of the Father in power and glory forever and ever. Who do you say that Jesus is? I say, “He is God, Lord, Savior, Friend and King.”

Whom God Has Sent

Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

God sent His Son and then God sent His Spirit and it all started in the manger of Bethlehem.  God chose the perfect time in history to send His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was, “born under the law” of Moses to “redeem those under the law” (Gal. 4:4-5, NIV).  In other words, Jesus was born to keep the law of Moses perfectly because people cannot.  In our sins, we are slaves to sin and Jesus came to ransom us from the sin that holds us captive.  Jesus came to turn us from slaves of sin into sons and daughters of the King.  We have been adopted into God’s family through His perfect Son.  Now, because we are His children, God has made us heirs and we have received an inheritance of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of Christ dwells in our hearts and reminds us of our status as God’s children.  This Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6, NIV).  Abba is no ordinary word for God.  This is the Aramaic word for “Daddy.”  This is a word of deep affection that is only used within a family setting.  We are God’s children because of what God’s only begotten Son has done for us.  This is what Christmas is all about.  So live today as that which you are – a son or daughter of the King!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son so that I may be called Your child. Help me to remember that I am Your child because of Your grace bestowed upon me through faith in Jesus. Thank You for this special time of year as we remember the birth of Your Son. In His name, amen.

Jesus Is God

The latest sermon from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This is the first sermon in our new series based on the book of Hebrews called, “Jesus Is Greater.”


The Answer Is Obvious

Jesus stood before His accusers in Luke 22:66-71 and they began to ask Him whether or not He was the Messiah.  He answers them in the affirmative, yet in an indirect way.  He does not come right out and say, “I am the Messiah!  Believe in Me!”  Why doesn’t He do that?  It is because Jesus knew their hearts.
The Sanhedrin wasn’t asking Jesus about these things so as to believe in Him.  They were asking Him whether or not He was the Messiah so they could trump up charges against Him before Pilate.  Pilate (whom we will meet in Luke 23) will not even entertain the notion of the crucifixion of a peasant carpenter’s son from Galilee unless there is a good reason.  If the Jews could convince him that Jesus was some kind of zealot leading a revolution against the Roman Empire, then perhaps they could finally get rid of Him.
Jesus does not deny the fact that He is the Messiah when they ask Him.  He points back to the Old Testament when He says that “the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God” (Luke 22:69, NIV).  It was clearly understood that this title, “Son of Man” was a reference to the Messiah in the book of Daniel (chapter 7).  Jesus would not give in easily to their thirst for His blood.  So while He does not come right out and say, “I am the Messiah,” He does not deny it, either.  His statement, “You say that I am” could be translated, “You are right in saying I am” (Luke 22:70, NIV 1984).  He’s saying, “Look, guys.  You say that I am the Messiah and I’m not denying it.”  Jesus was then whisked away to Pilate for the next act in this drama.
The fact of the matter is that Jesus is the Messiah.  He is the Son of God.  He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament.  He will fulfill the prophecies of the New Testament, too.  He suffered and He died and He rose again.  No other religious leader ever walked out of his tomb.  Jesus did.  Now, just as He said, He reigns in power and glory at the right hand of the Father.  He will come back again.  Will we faithfully live for Him until that day?

Luke 22:66-71 (NIV)

66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”

Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”

He replied, “You say that I am.”

71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”


Who Is This?

Storms on the Sea of Galilee were quite common.  They would pop up out of nowhere and when they did, they were very strong.  Jesus told His disciples that it was time to go over to the other side of the sea and they set sail.  Sure enough, one of those storms came up and Luke says that they were in “great danger” (Luke 8:23, NIV).  Remember that several of the disciples were seasoned fishermen.  They had been on the Sea of Galilee many, many times.  They knew how to handle these situations.  Until today.
Jesus had fallen asleep on the boat.  Did He know about the storm?  Did He have in mind what was going to happen before the storm ever came up?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that Jesus was resting in the boat when all of a sudden the disciples come and wake Him and they were terrified.  These veteran fishermen were scared for their lives!

Master, Master, we’re going to drown! – Luke 8:24 (NIV)

Why did they wake Jesus?  Were they just warning Him?  Did they expect Him to do something about the storm?  Did they want to say goodbye?  Jesus gets up and rebukes the sea and the storm and soon everything was calm.  Then Jesus asks His disciples, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25, NIV).  That’s when the disciples ask a profound question, “Who is this?” (Luke 8:25, NIV).
This is the pivotal question in all of human history.  Who is this Man?  Who is this Jesus?  Let me tell you who He is.  He is the Son of God.  He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  He is the Savior of the world who died for our sins.  He is a Friend to sinners.  He is a Comforter to the lonely.  He is a Father to the orphan.  He is the One who raises the dead.  He is the One who heals diseases.  He is the One who casts out demons.  He is the One who calms the storms in our lives.  He is Jesus!  There has never been anyone like Him and there will never be again!  He lived and He died and He rose from the grave and He lives forever!  He is coming back one day to do away with the enemy and the curses of sin.  He has prepared a place for His people and we will reign with Him forever and ever in our eternal home.  He is not just a prophet or a good teacher.  He is the Lion and the Lamb.  He is worthy of our praise.  He is worthy of ALL praise!  There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!  This will be done either willingly or unwillingly, but it will be done!  For Jesus is the Christ!  He is the Son of the Living God!  He is the Lord and Savior for all humanity!  Hallelujah!  Amen!

Luke 8:22-25 (NIV)

Jesus Calms the Storm

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

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