Study of Jesus The Christ

Study of Jesus The Christ

Table of Contents

 

Lesson 1:     Jesus Is The Pre-Eminent One Of All...Of Me

Lesson 2:     Jesus Is The Only One Who Is The Way For Me To Have Salvation

Lesson 3:     Jesus Is The Savior Of All...Of Me

Lesson 4:     Jesus Is The Only One To Live Sinless...For Me

Lesson 5:     Jesus Is The Only Substitute, The One That Took My Place

Lesson 6:     Jesus Is The Only One To Die For Our Sins...For My Sins

Lesson 7:     Jesus Is The Only One To Give His Blood For My Sins

Lesson 8:     Jesus Is The Only One To Resurrect And Conquer Death...For Me

Lesson 9:     Jesus Absolutely Understands Me

Lesson 10:   Jesus Absolutely Can Help Me

Lesson 11:   Jesus Is The Leader Of His People...Of Me

Lesson 12:   Jesus Has Ascended And Is Fighting For His People...For Me

Lesson 13:   Jesus Is Definitely Coming Again For His People...For Me

Lesson 14:   Jesus Is The Promised Pre-Existent One

Lesson 15:  Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment As The Messiah

Lesson 16:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment Of Redemption (Part 1)

Lesson 17:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment Of Redemption (Part 2)

Lesson 18:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment Of The Suffering One

Lesson 19:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment As The High Priest

Lesson 20:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment Of Scripture

Lesson 21:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment of the New Covenant (Part 1)

Lesson 22:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment of the New Covenant (Part 2)

 

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

Lesson 1:     Jesus the Pre-Eminent One Of All...Of Me

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus is the only One that has the right to be pre-eminent or first in all things. (Colossians 1:18)

 

Jesus is the only Pre-Eminent One because He is God. (Colossians 1:15)

 

Jesus is the only Pre-Eminent One because He is supreme in rank and position. (Colossians 1:15)

 

  • Firstborn means the firstborn son, not of birth, but of rank, title and position

 

  • Jesus holds ALL authority over everything and everyone (Matthew 28:18)

 

Jesus is the only Pre-Eminent One because He is Creator. (Colossians 1:16)

 

Jesus is the only Pre-Eminent One because He Controls all things. (Colossians 1:17)

 

Jesus is the only Pre-Eminent One because the Supreme Rule over His people. (Colossians 1:18)

 

Jesus is the only Pre-Eminent One because He is the Beginning of all things. (Colossians 1:18)

 

  • John 1:1 can be said this way, “Before there ever was a beginning, the Word had been.”The Word refers to Jesus (John 1:14)

 

  • Beginning – refers to the origin of thing, thus before the beginning the Word existed. Matthew 19:4, 24:21; John 8:44; I John 1:1, 2:13, 3:8.

 

  • Beginning (arches) – refers all to the cause. Revelation 3:14

 

  • Therefore this phrase fixes the time when Jesus the Word began to create.

 

Jesus is the only Pre-Eminent One because He conquered the grave. (Colossians 1:18)

 

Lesson 2:     Jesus Is The Only One Who Is The Way For Me To Have Salvation

 

The Bible tells me that the only way for me to go to the Father is only through Him. (John 14:1-3)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way to the forgiving of my sins. (Acts 13:38-39)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way to my true and lasting peace. (Romans 5:1-3, Ephesians 2:11-16)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way for me to be holy. (1 John 1:7-9)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way for me to know happiness. (John 13:15-17)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way for me to know all His spiritual blessings. (Ephesians 1:3)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way for me to go to heaven. (John 14:1-3)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way for me to experience the glories of heaven. (Revelation 21:10-27)

 

Jesus is the only One who is the way for me to live with God. (1 Peter 3:18)

 

Lesson 3:     Jesus Is The Savior Of All...Of Me

 

The Bible tells me that the entire mission of Jesus was to save all of humanity, to save me from sin. (Luke 19:10)

 

Jesus is the only one born of a virgin to save me from me sins. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21)

 

  • The best proof for an unusual claim comes from sources that support the claim even against their own best interests. Several sources of evidence had everything to lose by testifying to the truth of the virgin birth.

 

  • Mary – claimed such an outlandish conception at the risk not only of her own life but Jesus’. To be pregnant and unmarried exposed her to a putting away by Joseph; to be pregnant by a divine miracle exposed her to charges of slandering God. The sentence: DEATH. (Luke 1:27; Deuteronomy 22:13-21)

 

  • Zechariah the priest and Elizabeth – the parents of John the Baptizer – celebrated the birth of Jesus as the miraculous birth of the Savior. In a culture that revolved around power and position, it would have been natural for them not to want their son to live in the shadow of Jesus, his younger cousin. They risked shame, social ostracism, and even suicide to stand up for the truth.

 

  • Jesus’ followers and the New Testament authors – risked the rejection of their whole message by claiming a virgin birth, especially since their message had to fulfill perfectly hundreds of prophecies. If untrue, the virgin birth was an unnecessary stumbling block. It would have been easy for Jesus’ opponents to discredit the message had the virgin birth nor miraculously met the test of the Old Testament

 

  • Possibly the most astounding endorsement of the virgin birth comes from Islam, which for centuries has opposed the Christian gospel. Even the Koran, written six hundred years after Jesus, affirmed His virgin birth (Surah 19:19-21). This would serve Islam no good purpose.

 

Jesus is the only one who lived His entire life in view of saving you and me from my sins. (Matthew 20:28)

 

  • Jesus loves me so much that He considered me more important than Himself. (Philippians 2). He considered me so important that He gave His life as a ransom me.

 

  • A ransom is a payment for something that has been taken from another.

 

  • Jesus became the ransom payment for me, because I have been taken from His Father because of my sin.

 

Jesus is the only one who went to the cross, to give His life, to save me from my sins. (Galatians 1:4)

 

  • Jesus is my deliverer or rescuer

 

  • I am drowning in sin and Jesus, my life preserve, is pooling me out of sin. He is in the middle of my problem helping save me from sin.

 

Jesus conquered death by resurrecting from the grave to save me from my sins. (Acts 5:30-31)

 

Jesus is the only source and the only way for me to be saved from my sins. (Hebrews 5:9, John 14:6)

 

  • Source – that which is the cause of anything resides, author

 

  • Eternal salvation – that which is without beginning or end

 

  • Salvation – deliverance from molestation of enemies that concludes in the safety of the soul.  The sum of benefits and blessings which the Christians, redeemed from all earthly ill will fully enjoy.

 

  • Please note: Jesus has always been, is and always will be my soul’s safety.

 

Lesson 4:     Jesus Is The Only One To Live Sinless...For Me

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus asks us two simple questions, “Can anyone prove me guilty of sin? I am telling the truth why don’t you believe me? (John 8:46)

 

Jesus is the only one that sin could not corrupt. (Hebrews 9:14)

 

Jesus is the only one whose life sin could not inhabit. (1 John 3:5)

 

  • Not in His mouth (1 Peter 2:2)

 

  • Not in the totality of His life (Hebrews 4:15)

 

Jesus was really tempted like me! (Luke 4:3-9, James 1:13-15; John 2:16)

 

It is easy for Jesus and His followers to say He never sinned (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 John 3:5), but what about His enemies?

 

  • Pilate – the Roman ruler who examined Jesus, said to the Jewish priests and the crowd, “I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him, Neither has Herod,” (Luke 23:14-15).

 

  • Pilate’s Wife – sent a message to her husband, “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man,” (Matthew 27:19).

 

  • Judas – the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the Roman guards, admitted, “I have sinned…for I have betrayed innocent blood,”(Matthew 27:4). Judas later killed himself out of regret.

 

  • The Unnamed Thief – who died on a cross next to Jesus proclaimed, “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man (Jesus) has done nothing wrong,” (Luke 23:41).

 

The enemies of Jesus wanted to discredit Him but could not because of His purity.

 

Jesus is the only one who can meet my needs because He is sinless. (Hebrews 7:26)

 

Jesus is the only one who can give me victory over my sin because He is sinless (Hebrews 4:16)

 

Lesson 5:     Jesus Is The Only Substitute, The One That Took My Place

 

The Bible tells me that I can only be released from my sins because Jesus has taken my place. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

Jesus is the only God given One that took my place on the cross. (Romans 5:8)

 

Jesus is the only God given One that took my sins to the cross. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

Jesus is the only God given One that became the curse bearing sacrifice that took my place. (Galatians 3:13)

 

  • The curse is referring to the curse of sin that all of creation was under because of mans sin, because of my sins (Romans 8:18-23)

 

  • The phrase “curse for us” is presented as a “curse OVER us.” Jesus became a curse over us, taking our full weight of sin, and a sparing us.

 

  • The picture presented is that of an umbrella shielding us from the elements.

 

Jesus is the only God give One that can appease and remove the wrath of His Father from me. (1 John 2:2, 4:10)

 

  • Propitiation means to appease or satisfy God’s wrath against sin.

 

  • Jesus is the only one who can appease His Father’s wrath against me.

 

  • God’s wrath is removed from everyone who has faith in Jesus, His only appeasing sacrifice (Romans 3:25)

 

Jesus is the only God given life securing sacrifice that took my place. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

 

  • Christ our Passover helps us remember the Passover of Exodus 12

 

  • The Passover lamb’s blood was to be poured over the door post so death would not enter the house and take the firstborns life. Thus the lamb’s death and blood gave life to all that is covered.

 

  • Jesus is our Passover lamb (John 1:29)

 

Jesus is the only God given love giving sacrifice that took my place. (Romans 8:31-34)

 

Jesus is the only God given redeeming sacrifice that took my place. (Titus 2:14)

 

  • Redeem means to release on receipt of ransom or liberate by payment of ransom

 

  • Jesus purchased us by giving Himself in our place and therefore motivating us to be zealous and occupied by doing good.

 

Lesson 6:     Jesus Is The Only One To Die For Our Sins...For My Sins

 

The Bible tells me that the cross and death of Jesus is the ultimate proof of God’s love to me. (Romans 5:8)

 

Jesus was given as a gift of love by His Father to die for our sins...for my sins. (John 3:16)

 

Jesus was completely and horrifically beaten for my sins because He loves me. (Matthew 27:26)

 

  • The Jewish law said that a person could not be beaten more than 40 times (Deuteronomy 25:3). The Romans were not subject to Jewish law; it is possible that Jesus was beaten more than this.

 

  • The punishment of scourging was to rip open the flesh from whipping. At the end of the leather straps were bones, metal and sharp cutting objects used to inflict deep, bone crushing and flesh ripping wounds.

 

Jesus was completely and horrifically spit on and mocked for my sins because He loves me. (Matthew 27:27-31)

 

  • To mock God is to disrespect, dishonor, or ignore Him.

 

  • It is a serious offense committed by those who have no fear of God or who deny His existence. The most easily recognized form of mockery is disrespect typified by verbal insults or other acts of disdain. It is associated with ridicule, scoffing, and defiance. Mockery is a dishonoring attitude that shows low estimation, contempt, or even open hostility.
     
  • In the Bible mockery is a behavior and attitude shown by the fool (Psalm 74:22), the wicked (Psalm 1:1), the enemy (Psalm 74:10), the hater of knowledge (Proverbs 1:22; 13:1), the proud (Psalm 119:51; Isaiah 37:17), and the un-teachable (Proverbs 15:12).

 

  • A mocker goes beyond mere lack of judgment to making a conscious decision for evil. Mockers are without a spirit of obedience, teachability, discernment, wisdom, worship, or faith.

 

Jesus carried His cross to His death for my sins because He loves me. (John 19:17)

 

Jesus took the nails and the cross and gave Himself to die for my sins because He loves me. (Romans 5:8, Hebrews 12:1-3)

 

  • Jesus died for me at the right time because I was powerless, without strength, unable to help myself to overcome my sin (Romans 5:6).

 

  • Jesus died for me at the right time because I was ungodly, irreverent, holding a bad attitude toward Him (Romans 5:6).

 

  • Jesus died for me at the right time because I was a sinner, falling short of His glory and will (Romans 5:7-8).

 

  • Jesus died for me at the right time because I was His enemy, being hostile towards Him, deserving His just condemnation and wrath (Romans 5:9-11).

 

Lesson 7:     Jesus Is The Only One To Give His Blood For My Sins

 

The Bible tells me that when Jesus gave Himself on the cross, He purchased me with His own blood. (Acts 20:28)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death converts the lost...converts me. (Revelation 1:5)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death gives the blessing of forgiveness to me. (Ephesians 1:7)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death changes my position from lost to save. (Ephesians 2:12-13)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death turns away the judgment of God against me. (Romans 5:9)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death provides peace and reconciliation for me. (Colossians 1:20)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death places me into a new place, His people, His church. (Acts 20:28)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death allows me to approach my God with boldness (Hebrews 10:19-22)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death destroys the power of Hell over my life. (Hebrews 2:14, Colossians 1:14)

 

Jesus shedding His blood through His death helps me overcome the accuser of the God’s people....the accuser of me. (Revelation 12:11)

 

Lesson 8:     Jesus Is The Only One To Resurrect and Conquer Death...For Me

 

The Bible tells me that the resurrection of Jesus is the reason I can trust and live for Him. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 58)

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that proves that Jesus is the Son of God. (Romans 1:4)

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and has poured out the Holy Spirit into the hearts of those that believe. (Acts 2:33-38)

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that makes me justified before God. (Romans 4:25)

 

  • Justification means “to be put right with.” Because of our sins, humanity is separated from God and incapable of a relationship with Him (Romans 6:28, Isaiah 59:2).

 

  • Scripture calls us “objects of wrath” because God has to exert His wrath upon those who break His law (Ephesians 2:3). Without someone stepping in to correct this situation, we cannot have the relationship with God that He intended. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God put our punishment on Christ so that we could be justified before Him.

 

  • The resurrection of Jesus confirms that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin on the cross and gives us access to a right relationship with Him.

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that makes me have life. (Romans 6:9-11, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

 

  • Death is the enemy of mankind and the just punishment for the each person’s individual sins (Romans 6:23).

 

  • Jesus rose from the dead because death could no longer hold Him, and we no longer have to fear death because Jesus has triumphed over it. Death is no longer an enemy because in Jesus, we no longer have to fear the punishment that comes after death.

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that makes me united with Jesus. (2 Corinthians 4:14)

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that proves His salvation given to me. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

 

  • Jesus’ resurrection is not only a fundamental part of the gospel, but it is the glue that holds every part of the gospel together. Without it, Christians believe in vain and are without hope.

 

  • Since Christ has risen, we have the promise of having our sins forgiven, being made right in God’s sight, and having eternal life through Christ.

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that makes me have a living hope. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

 

  • Being forgiven of our sins and justified before God gives Christians tremendous hope.

 

  • Christians are changed from being an enemy of God bound for hell, to becoming a forgiven son of God with an eternal inheritance in heaven that can never be taken away. What can be better news than that?

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that means I will be raised like Him. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

 

  • Jesus is described as the first fruits of the resurrection from the dead, meaning that His resurrection is a precursor to the resurrection of all believers (1 Corinthians 15:20).

 

  • Christians will enjoy the resurrected life just like Christ did, with glorified bodies raised in power (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). We may suffer in this life with many pains and illnesses, but in the life to come, we will not suffer, but enjoy the perfect bodies we have always longed for.

 

Jesus is the only one to resurrect and conquer death and that means that Jesus will judge the world...judge me in righteousness. (Acts 17:30-31)

 

Lesson 9:     Jesus Absolutely Understands Me

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus absolutely understands me, because He experienced pain and suffering for me. (Hebrews 2:10, 12:1-2)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He knows my physical sufferings. (John 19:28, Matthew 4:3-4)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He knows how it feels to be misunderstood. (Mark 6:1-6)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He has felt such deep grief that He wanted to die. (Mark 14:32-42)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He has been hurt and deserted by His friends. (Mark 14:36-50)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He has been lied about. (Mark 14:55-56)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He has been abused. (Mark 14:65)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He has been made fun of and ridiculed. (Mark 15:16-20)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He wanted to die. (Mark 15:37)

 

Jesus absolutely understands me because He has suffered in every way I have, both physically and spiritually. (Hebrews 4:15)

 

Lesson 10:   Jesus Absolutely Can Help Me

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus is able to do above all that I can ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within me. (Ephesians 3:20)

 

Jesus absolutely can help me when life is overwhelming and I am afraid. (Mark 4:35-41)

 

  • The storms of life are so frightening and many times overwhelming. Hope often seems lost.

 

  • Peace came only from Jesus. As He calmed the storm of the sea, He can also calm the storms in my life.

 

Jesus absolutely can help me when life is miserable and I need to be rescued. (Mark 5:1-20)

 

Jesus absolutely can help me when I am desperate and need to be healed. (Mark 5:24-34)

 

  • Jesus has power over disease and sickness.

 

  • Jesus cured her desperation and He can cure mine

 

Jesus absolutely can help me when I am dead in my sins and I do not have the power to overcome them. Mark 2:1-24, 35-43)

 

  • Jesus is absolutely like no other! Sin and its punishment are subject to Him.

 

  • Jesus can cleanse me of my sin and remove the grip of death.

 

Jesus absolutely can help me when I am dead and need to be risen. (Mark 16:1-6)

 

  • The grave is obedient to Jesus

 

  • Victory is His and He gives it to me (1 Corinthians 15:54-58)

 

Lesson 11:   Jesus Is The Leader Of His Family...Of Me

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus called out His people to demonstrate His glory. (Matthew 5:10-12)

 

Jesus is the only Way to the Father for His people...for me. (John 14:6)

 

Jesus is the only foundation of His people...the only foundation for me. (1 Corinthians 3:11)

 

  • He is the chief corner stone (Isaiah 28:16; Ephesians 2:20), upon which His called out people rest.

 

  • He is the solid bedrock that His called out people are built upon (Matthew 7:24-27).

 

  • If He is removed, and a mortal man or woman is placed in His position, then that religious body has ceased from being His called out people and it will fall to ruins because the Supreme foundation is removed. 

 

Jesus is the only builder of His people...the only builder of me. (Matthew 16:18)

 

Jesus is the only one who has purchased and can purchase His people...the only purchaser of me. (Acts 20:28)

 

  • The purchase price should never be taken lightly. It cost every single drop of blood found in Jesus the Savior!

 

  • The only One who has rights to the called out people is the One who holds the deed or legal document to our souls

 

Jesus is the only head over His people...the only head of me. (Ephesians 1:22-23)

 

Jesus is the only teacher that can help His people...that can help me. (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

Jesus is the only one that can save His people...that can save me. (Ephesians 5:23)

 

Jesus is the only access for His people...the only access for me. (John 10:1, 7-9)

 

Lesson 12:   Jesus Has Ascended And Is Fighting For His People...For Me

 

The Bible tells me that after Jesus was raised from the grave, He ascended to heaven. (Acts 1:9-11)

 

Jesus has ascended to heaven and is fighting for me as the risen Lord and King. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

 

Jesus has ascended to heaven and is fighting for me as my Mediator. (1 Timothy 2:3-7)

 

  • The mediator is the go between. The one who listens to and settles the argument between two parties.

 

  • The mediator would stand with his hands upon both parties and never remove them until the dispute was settled. If the dispute was not settled, the mediator was liable for whatever was disputed.

 

  • There is nothing that we can say that would settle God’s case against us. Therefore Jesus took the punishment meant for us and closed the case against us.

 

Jesus has ascended to heaven and is fighting for me as my Advocate. (1 John 2:1-2)

 

  • The Advocate is the one who is called alongside another to be their defense. Jesus is our defense, pleading our case, as one would do in court.

 

  • His defense isn’t anything that we have done, but He points to His sacrifice on behalf of us and this alone satisfies the His Father.

 

Jesus has ascended to heaven and is fighting for me as my Intercessor. (Hebrews 7:25)

 

  • The Intercessor pleads our case even when we don’t have words to say. Our wretchedness is so painful or our circumstances so difficult that words fail us.

 

  • He hears our groaning (Romans 8:26-27), searches our hearts (Revelation 2:23) and pleads our unspoken words. He will never be prevented by death from presenting His sacrifice to God on our behalf and intervening for our reconciliation.

 

Jesus has ascended to heaven and is fighting for me because the accuser is trying to condemn me. (Revelation 12:10-12)

 

Jesus has ascended to heaven, is fighting for me and is anticipating rewarding me. (2 Timothy 4:6-8)     

 

Lesson 13:   Jesus Is Definitely Coming Again For His People...For Me

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus is going to come back and when He comes back, He is coming back for me. (John 14:1-3)

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and His Father only knows when. (Matthew 24:35-36)

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and He is coming in person. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and He is coming in visible form. (Revelation 1:7)

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and He is coming without warning.  (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and He is coming with power and glory. (Matthew 24:30)

 

  • There will be a great shout from the voice of the archangel  (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

 

  • Shout meaning an order, command, specifically a stimulating cry, either that by which animals are roused and urged on by man, as horses by charioteers, hounds by hunters, etc., or that by which a signal is given to men, e.g. to rowers by the master of a ship, to soldiers by a commander (with a loud summons, a trumpet call).

 

  • Two interpretations concerning the “voice of the archangel.” First, it could be saying that the archangel or prince of the angels (Jesus) is commanding the dead to rise. Second that the archangel (Michael from Jude 1:9) is shout as an announcement of the Jesus the King coming

 

  • Both point to the majesty and power of Jesus the Christ.

 

  • The trumpet of God shall blow with a great loud noise (1 Thessalonians 4:16). -the trumpet blast which usually accompanies God's manifestation in glory (Exodus 19:16, Psalms 47:5).

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and He is coming to raise the dead. (John 5:28-29)

 

  • Christians still alive on the earth will then ascend up into the air to join the presence of Christ and the faithful of ages past (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

 

  • He will deal out retribution to those that do not know Him and those who have not obeyed Him (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and He is coming to judge the good and bad. (Revelation 22:12)

 

Jesus is definitely coming again and He is coming to deliver the Kingdom to the Father. (1 Corinthians 15:22-28)

 

Lesson 14:   Jesus Is The Promised Pre-Existent One

 

The Bible tells me that before the world ever began, before anything existed, Jesus was there (John 17:5)

 

Jesus’ heavenly origin argues for His preexistence (John 3:13, 31; 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:47).

 

Jesus’ Pre-Incarnate Appearances confirm His preexistence

 

  • He appeared to Abraham (Genesis 18:1-2, 10, 17, 22)

 

  • He appeared to and wrestled with Jacob (Genesis 32:24-30)

 

  • He appeared as the commander of the LORD’s army (Joshua 5:13-15)

 

  • He appeared as the pillar of fire, of cloud, glory (Exodus13:20-22; 33:9-23; 40:34-38)

 

Jesus’ activity as Creator argues for His preexistence (John 1:3 Hebrews 1:2; Colossians 1:16-17, Romans 1:20).

 

Jesus’ pre-existence was foretold by the prophets

 

  • His eternality was proclaimed from eternity past (Micah 5:2).

 

  • His eternality was proclaimed toward eternity future (Is 9:6-7).

 

Jesus’ pre-existence was affirmed by Jesus Himself

 

  • In His claim to have existed in Abraham's day (John 8:56-58)

 

  • In His prayer shortly before His arrest and crucifixion (John 17:4-5, 24)

 

 

 Jesus’ pre-existence was declared by Scripture

 

  • By John in his gospel, and also his epistle (John 1:1-4; 1 John 2:14)

 

 

Lesson 15:  Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment As The Messiah

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus is the Messiah, the One who was promised to save His me from my sins (John 4:25-26)

We have created so many “Jesus” today…..

  • There’s the Patriotic Jesus who is wrapped in our flag thereby the assumption is all that we do must be blessed by God.
  • There’s the political conservative Jesus who is against budget increases and stand for “family values” and owning firearms.
  • There’s the political liberal Jesus who is suspicious of Wall Street and Wal-Mart, yet passionate about being tolerate and “green”/reducing our carbon footprint.
  • There’s Starbucks Jesus who drinks fair trade coffee, loves spiritual conversations, drives a hybrid and goes dumpster diving.
  • There’s Open-minded Jesus who loves everyone all the time no matter what, except for people who are not as open-minded as you.
  • There’s Touchdown Jesus who helps athletes run faster and jump higher than non-Christians and seemingly determines the outcomes of Super Bowls.
  • There’s Red-Carpet Jesus who helps Christian actors/actresses to win prestigious awards.
  • There’s Hollywood Jesus who is meek and mild, with high cheekbones, flowing blood hair, and walks around barefoot, wearing a sash and looks like the guy from the 70’s musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
  • There’s the Beatles Jesus who teaches everyone to give peace a chance, imagine a world without religion, and helps us remember all you need is love.
  • There’s Yuppie Jesus who encourages us to be happy at all cost, tells us that “bigger is always better”, and a sure sign you have been faithful is obtaining substantial debt.
  • There’s the Martyr albeit Misguided Jesus, a good person who died a cruel death not because he had too but because he wanted too.
  • There’s Spirituality Jesus who hates religion, churches, pastors, priests, and doctrine; and would rather have people finding the god that is within us all.
  • There’s Revolutionary Jesus who teaches us to rebel against the status quo, stick it to the “man” or “stick it to “system” as long as it doesn’t inconvenience or impact our own way of life or a promised privileged inheritance.
  • There’s Guru Jesus, a wise, inspirational teacher who believes in you and simply wants to help you find your path in this life.
  • There’s Good Example Jesus who shows you how to help people, change the world, and if we want become a better you.
  • (Lastly) There’s Lone Ranger Jesus who is all about first and foremost meeting your personal needs, your personal wants, your personal desires…preferably right now!

As one can see we have so many different “Jesus” in the world today – we wonder which is the “real Jesus, the real thing.” In our Gospel text from Matthew 16:16 we find and see the real Jesus.

“Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

The Messiah, the Son of the living God. For Peter and the disciples they had by the Spirit of God come to life changing conclusion that Jesus was

  • Not just another prophet (John the Baptist, Jeremiah, Elijah, etc).
  • Not just another Rabbi or teacher.
  • Not just another wonder-worker.

Jesus was the one they had been waiting for: the Son of David and Abraham’s chosen seed, the one to deliver them from captivity, the goal of the Mosaic law, Yahweh in the flesh, the one to establish God’s reign and rule, Luke 4:18-19

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

This is Jesus the Christ the lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world! This Christ is our Lord and God. He is the God’s Son, Savior of the world. He is the Anointed One of God. He is King.

Philippians 2:10 “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

Jesus was promised at the fall (Genesis 3:15, Galatians 4:4)

 

Jesus was promised through the ancestry of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Judah (Genesis 12:1-3; Matthew 1:1-2; Galatians 3:16)

 

Jesus was promised through David’s ancestry (2 Samuel 7:15; Luke 1:30ff)

 

Jesus was foretold by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-3)

 

Jesus was revealed at His birth (Matthew 1:16, 23, 2:11)

 

  • Gift of Gold. The gift of gold was considered worthy of a king. The buildings and treasures of kings and pharaohs from the ancient past have left reminders that gold was the prize of rulers and kings. Both secular and biblical kings valued gold. Men such as King Solomon and King Nebuchadnezzar treasured gold. The following two passages reveal that kings and gold were often connected. King Solomon highly valued gold and King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold idol or image of himself (2 Chronicles 9:20; Daniel 3:1. While gold can be a gift for anyone, gold was a gift especially for kings.

 

  • Gift of Frankincense. Frankincense and myrrh come from tree resins. Frankincense was once greatly valued throughout the Middle East, from Rome to India. It was very expensive and a gift having a wonderful fragrance. It was used for a variety of purposes such as incense (Ex. 30:34), medical treatment, and perfume (Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:14). We discover from the Bible that frankincense was used in worship.

 

  • Gift of Myrrh. Myrrh was less expensive than frankincense, but was still highly valued. It is first mentioned in the Bible in Gen. 37:25, where it was being carried by camels on a caravan. Myrrh was used for a variety of purposes, such as: a perfume (Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:14), an anesthetic, burial embalming (John 19:39), as an ingredient in anointing oil, and to deodorize clothes. According to Esther 2:12, it was also a cosmetic used by women. John 19:39 records that myrrh was used in Jesus' burial

 

Jesus was revealed by His work (Acts 2:22ff)

 

Jesus was revealed to His followers (John 1:41; 6:41; 6:69)

 

Jesus was revealed through the apostles (Acts 17:3, 18:28)

 

Jesus was to bring about a new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 26:26-30)

 

Jesus was to bring about redemption from sin (1 Peter 1:18-20)

 

Jesus was preached for man’s salvation (Acts 2:14-47)

 

Lesson 16:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment Of Redemption (Part 1)

 

The Bible tells me Jesus is the only source of redemption. Only through Him, through His name, I can me saved! (Acts 4:12)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption provides freedom from the bondage of sin and death. (Isaiah 61:1-2; John 8:31-32

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption proclaimed a period of grace. (Isaiah 61:1-2; John 5:24)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption died for the sins of the world. (Isaiah 53:8; 1 John 2:2)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption gave up his life to save mankind. (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:46)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption is the sacrificial lamb. (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption was the offering for sin. (Isaiah 53:10; Matthew 20:28)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption replaced all sacrifices by offering himself. (Psalm 40:6-8; Hebrews 10:10-13)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption shed His blood to make atonement for all. (Isaiah 52:15, Revelation 1:5)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption is the sin-bearer for all mankind. (Isaiah 53:6; Galatians 1:4, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption carried upon himself the sins of the world. (Isaiah 43:4; 1 Peter 2:24)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption bore the penalty for mankind's transgressions. (Isaiah 53:5, Luke 23:33)

 

Lesson 17:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment Of Redemption (Part 2)

 

The Bible tells me Jesus is the only source of redemption. Only through Him, through His name, I can me saved! (Acts 4:12)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption sacrifice would provide peace between man and God (Isaiah 53:5; Colossians 1:20

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption would justify man before God. (Isaiah 53:11, Romans 5:8-9)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption would intercede to God in behalf of mankind. (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption, His atonement would enable believers to be his brethren. (Psalm 22:22; Hebrews 2:10-12)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption would come to provide salvation. (Isaiah 59:15-16; John 6:40)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption would have a ministry to the "poor," the believing remnant. (Zechariah 11:7; Matthew 9:35-36)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption would offer salvation to all mankind. (Joel 2:32; Romans 10:12-13)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption would come as the Redeemer. (Isaiah 59:20; Luke 2:38)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption tells us those who refused to listen to the Messiah would be judged. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 12:48-50)

 

Jesus the promised fulfillment of redemption would reject those who did not believe and obey Him. (Psalm 2:12; John 3:36)

 

Lesson 18:   Jesus Is The Promise Fulfillment Of The Suffering One

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus was the Saving One that would unimaginably suffer for humanity…for me (1 Peter 3:18)

 

Jesus the suffering One would be despised and forsaken of all (Isaiah 53:3; Mark 14:50; Matthew 27:39-43)

 

Jesus the suffering One would be a man of sorrows acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 26:38, Hebrews 4:15)

 

Jesus the suffering One would be unappreciated by all (Isaiah 53:3-4; Matthew 8:16-17)

 

Jesus the suffering One would not retaliate (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)

 

Jesus the suffering One would take the beating for all (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24-25)

 

Jesus the suffering One would take the sins of all upon Himself (Isaiah 53:5, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

Jesus the suffering One would be numbered with the transgressors (Isaiah 53:12, Luke 23:34)

                         

Jesus the suffering One would be deprived of justice and given a grave with the wicked (Isaiah 53:8; Matthew 27:57-60)

 

Jesus the suffering One would be raised from the dead (Isaiah 53:10; Mark 16:9)

 

Jesus the suffering One would be exalted and honored (Isaiah 53:7; Philippians 2:9-11)

 

Lesson 19:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment As The High Priest

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus is the High Priest that is fully invested in my life (Hebrews 4:15)

 

Jesus was appointed and called by God the Father (Hebrews 3:1-2, 5:4-5)

 

Jesus’ appointment was superior to Aaron and the Levitical Priest (Hebrews 7:11, 16, 22; 8:1-2, 6)

 

Jesus was appointed and consecrated by an oath (Hebrews 7:20-21)

 

Jesus was appointed to an unchangeable priesthood (Hebrews 5:6; 6:20; 7:15, 17)

 

Jesus as High Priest needed no sacrifice but Himself (Hebrews 7:27)

 

Jesus as High Priest offered Himself as sacrifice (Hebrews 9:14, 26)

 

Jesus as High Priest offered sacrifice but once (Hebrews 9:25-26)

 

Jesus as High Priest obtained redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12)

 

Jesus as High Priest made reconciliation for us (Hebrews 2:17)

 

Jesus as High Priest intercedes for us (Hebrews 7:25; 9:24)

 

Jesus as High Priest entered into Heaven (Hebrews 4:14; 10:12)

 

Lesson 20: Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment Of Scripture

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus is the sanctifying truth that sets me free (John 17:17; John 8:31-32, 36)

 

Jesus said that the scripture testifies of Him. (John 5:39, 46)

 

Jesus taught the story of the Old Testament pointed to Him. (Luke 24:27)

 

Jesus taught that He came to fulfill all that was written in the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 5:17–18)

 

  • Peter taught that David and the prophets pointed to Jesus (Acts 2:14-36)

 

  • Moses and all the prophets from Samuel on pointed to Jesus (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:18-34)

 

Jesus is the scriptures fulfillment of all the promises of God (2 Corinthians 1:20)

 

Jesus is the fulfillment of scripture, declared by God through the miracles He performed. (Acts 2:22)

 

Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the righteousness for all His people (Romans 10:4)

 

Jesus is the fulfillment of our faith that is presented through scripture (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:1-2)

 

Jesus is the fulfillment and source of our salvation that is presented through scripture (Hebrews 5:10)

 

  • Scripture produces belief that is rooted and founded in Jesus (Acts 8:32:40)

 

  • Scripture produces obedience in baptism that is rooted, founded and that demonstrates Jesus (Romans 6:3-6)

 

Jesus is the reason and completion of serving others as presented in scripture. (Matthew 25:32-40)

 

Lesson 21:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment of the New Covenant (Part 1)

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the Old Covenant who would bring a New Covenant (Deuteronomy 18-15-18, Acts 3:22-23).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant who lived and died under the Old covenant (Galatians 4:4-5).

         

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant who recognized the authority of the Old covenant (Luke 10:25-28)

         

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant who perfectly kept the Old covenant (John 8:29, 55).

           

  • The Jews were unable to convict Jesus of any transgression of the law (John 8: 46).

 

  • Remember it is affirmed in the New Testament that Jesus "did no sin" and "was without sin" (I Peter 2: 22; Hebrews 4: 15).

         

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant who taught others to keep the Old covenant (Luke 10:25-28).

           

  • Jesus instructed his disciples to obey the law (Matthew 23:2-3).

 

  • Christ defended the law and severely condemned those who perverted the Hebrew scripture (Mark 7: 7-13; Matthew 23: 16-22).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant who is the end of the Old covenant (Romans 10:4, Galatians 3:24)

           

  • Jesus did not simply do away with the law, He ended or fulfilled it (Matthew 5:17-18)

 

  • Jesus fulfilled it thus nailing it to the cross - Colossians 2: 14

 

  • Jesus’ fulfillment of the Law and nailing of the Law to the cross brought peace for all – Ephesians 2:12-22

 

Lesson 22:   Jesus Is The Promised Fulfillment of the New Covenant (Part 2)

 

The Bible tells me that Jesus inaugurated a new and better covenant through His death (Hebrews 9:16-20).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant who was sacrificed and shed His blood to establish it (Jeremiahs 31:31; Luke 22:20; Matthew 26:28).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that is established for all and for all times (Ephesians 2:13-16, Hebrews 1:1-2).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that is established upon our hearts (Jeremiah 31;33, Hebrews 10:16).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that is established upon better promises (Hebrews 8:6-8).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that brings real forgiveness (Hebrews 10:14-18).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that brings real cleansing of our conscience (Hebrews 10:19-22).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that brings real access to God (Hebrews 10:20).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that brings a real perspective that leads to perseverance and longsuffering (Hebrews 10:32-26).

 

Jesus is the promised fulfillment of the New covenant that brings a real encouragement to a future reality (Hebrews 10:37).