He left us no middle ground

Lewis observes ''I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him Tm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher . ''You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God or else a madman or something worse. You...

What does He expect

In Luke 6 46 Jesus asks a question we should all seriously consider Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say (NIV). It isn't enough to simply call Jesus Lord or accept Him as such. As Jesus Himself explained in Matthew 7 21, Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Entering God's Kingdom requires living according to God's will. Nothing else will do. He continues in verses 22-23 Many will say...

Even Sof Comef Lord Jesus

Terror of all kinds fills our world today. Suicide bombers, anthrax, radioactive dirty bombs, killer epidemics, kidnappings, gangs, rapes, murders, wars. Everywhere we look, the trend is downward. Man's inhumanity to his fellow man is growing worse, and even the most optimistic can find it harder to fight the feelings of foreboding that our world is on a course of self-destruction. Jesus Christ looked down through history and foretold this spiral of sorrows leading to an unprecedented time of...

Who and what is

John's simple but clear statements give us an understanding of God that was now made plain by the appearance of Jesus Christ. The language used expresses to us that there are two Beings, coexisting and called God God and the Word who is also God. If they existed in some other form than two self-existing beings, both the Greek and the English language are capable of describing something altogether different. But the language does not do this. It speaks clearly of two, together, both of whom are...

A lesson in the greatest love

When you come to know, as the disciples did, the real Jesus and the real story, it makes all the difference in the world. This demonstration of love was so powerful. Do we grasp it For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3 16-17). Those who have not experienced love from those who...

We speak of Gods secret wisdom a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began 1

W ve seen the facts, now we need to understand the implications behind them. We need to comprehend the significance of Christ's crucifixion. If Jesus is exactly who He said He was, then everything He said is truth. Our entire future depends on whether we believe that. And whether we are going to believe what He taught, whether we are going to obey Him and follow in His steps in every respect, will depend on whether we are convicted on this issue. The real story of Christ's life, death,...

Confrontations over how not whether to keep the Sabbath

Where many people jump to wrong conclusions about Jesus and the Sabbath is in His confrontations with the scribes and Pharisees. Yet these confrontations were never over whether to keep the Sabbath only over how it should be kept. There is a crucial difference between the two For example, Jesus boldly challenged the Jews concerning their interpretation of Sabbath observance by performing healings on the Sabbath (Mark 3 1-6 Luke 13 10-17 14 1-6). According to the Pharisees, rendering medical...

Gods purpose from the beginning

God's plan for bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2 10) includes the reconciling of humanity to Himself through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5 18-19). Why do we need that reconciliation Isaiah 59 1-2 tells us Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear (NIV). Our sins have cut us off from God. Paul speaks of us as enemies in need of...

Jesus intellectual abilities

Yet the Gospels clearly reveal that Jesus had knowledge of the past, present and future in a way that was far beyond what any ordinary man would have. However, these remarkable abilities were not something that He had inherently. They were given to Him by the Father. As Jesus clearly said, I can of Myself do nothing (John 5 30) that is, nothing supernatural on His own. We will explore this idea more when we discuss the works of Jesus. What are some of the ways Jesus had knowledge beyond normal...

The disciples astounding transformation

One of the major proofs of the resurrection of Jesus is the dramatic change in the lives of His disciples. The Gospel accounts are not flattering to the apostles (which is further evidence that they didn't fabricate the story). At the time of Christ's arrest and trial, all His apostles forsook Him and fled (Matthew 26 56). Peter, who vowed that he would always stand by Jesus, even cursed and swore in denying that he knew Him (verses 69-75). Jesus, we remember, foretold Peter's weakness and even...

Christ claimed power to raise the dead

Jesus claimed yet another power that God alone possessed to raise and judge the dead. Notice His statements in John 5 25-29 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live . All who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. There was no doubt about what He meant. He...

The existence of the Christian Church

Moreland puts it this way What cause can be postulated to explain the fact that the Christian church transformed the world of the first century The odds for its success were antecedently poor. Several religions existed in the first century and some of the elements of Christianity can be found in them. Why did Christianity succeed, especially when it was such an exclusivist faith which frowned on syncretism What caused the church to get started There never was a form of Christianity which...

Other Important Ways Jesus Fulfilled the

The law required perfect obedience and pronounced a death sentence on any who broke It. Paul tells us that the wages of sin Is death (Romans 6 23). Consider, for a moment the penalty that each of us brought on ourselves by sin. It Isn't purgatory or hell, or some other place or state of being or consciousness (request or download our free booklet Heaven and Hell What Does the Bible Really Teach ). It is death eternal oblivion, a nothingness, a total blotting out of existence from which we could...

Did not come to destroy but to fulfill

Jesus explains His view of the law very quickly after giving the beatitudes Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill (Matthew 5 17). So immediately we see that Jesus had no intention of destroying the law. He even tells us not to even think such a thing. Far from being antagonistic to the Old Testament Scriptures, He said He had come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and proceeded to confirm their authority. The Law and the Prophets...

Jesus Christs Disciples Considered Him the Creator

The book of Hebrews speaks of the Son as the Being through whom God created the worlds (Hebrews 1 2) and who sustains all things by his powerful word (verse 3, NRSV). Only God is great enough to do such things. John confirms that Jesus was the divine Word through whom God created the universe All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1 3 see verses 1-3, 14). Paul states quite clearly that God created all things through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3 9)....

Jesus instruction to pray in His name

Jesus not only tells His followers to believe in Him, but that when we pray to the Father, we are to pray in Christ's name. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14 13). Jesus made it clear that access to the Father is through Him, telling us that no one comes to the Father except through Me (verse 6). The apostle Paul states of Jesus 'Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at...

Jesus salvation

Jesus placed His entire future squarely in the hands of the Father. The self-existing One now would have no life unless it were through the Father (John 6 57). If He were to again have eternal life, He would now have to obtain it as a human being, in the same way you and I would achieve salvation through submission to the Father and the resurrection from the dead. Hebrews 5 9 explains that Jesus became the author of eternal salvation by experiencing the process of salvation as a human being...

The plot to murder Jesus

Blaming others can be and often is nothing more than an attempt to absolve oneself of guilt. The question that should ve been asked long ago and should continue to be asked today is, who really caused the death of Jesus Christ Jesus made many enemies. He upset the status quo, the powerful, the well-positioned people of the day. Many had reason to want Him out of the way. It wasn't the general public who wanted Jesus dead, but the civil leaders, chief priests, the scribes and Pharisees were the...

Whoand What Was Jesus Christ

None of the rulers of this age understood this for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2 8, New Revised Standard Version). A he Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, faced a difficult situation when Jesus was brought before him. Apprehensively, he attempted to dismiss the picture that was emerging in front of him. When Pilate heard the accusation, it struck fear into his heart. He hcts claimed to be the Son of God (John 19 7, NRSV). Pilate's next...

Controversy about Jesus continues

Today Jesus remains a controversial figure. The record of Jesus life as recorded in the Gospel accounts has come into question in many ways. For example, the Gospel writers presented the miracles of Jesus as supernatural. Today, however, many rationalize them away as a normal function of nature misunderstood at the time, or they simply dismiss them altogether as fables. Yet another and more modern reconstruction of the true Jesus appears in books and movies about His life. For example, most...

The Family of

The Father and Jesus have, from the beginning, planned to increase Their kind. The God kind is a family It is headed by the Father and now consists of the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. These two have always existed and always will exist. Their plan and desire are to add to Their kind bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2 10). Just as all life was made to reproduce after its own kind as stated throughout Genesis 1, so God patterned man after the God kind. This is the ultimate meaning of...

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us John 114

H ow could someone who is spirit, having lived for all eternity in the past, become human Was Jesus a human being just like us And when He was a human being, was He still God Jesus was prophesied to be God with us (Matthew 1 23). Jesus was a human being and He was also God. There was never a time when He ceased to be who He always was. His identity did not change. When He was in the womb of Mary, He was God. When He was a baby boy lying in the manger, He was God. When He was a youngster growing...

Are we missing something

As noted at the beginning of this chapter, many have the idea that Jesus died for us to eliminate any requirement that we obey God and that a gentle, docile Jesus will admit us into His eternal presence if we will only acknowledge Him as our Savior, regardless of any way we would choose to live. But to believe these things is to believe in a false Jesus and to completely miss the point of His promised second coming. He must return precisely because we will have followed the path of doing...

Did Jesus Christ Really Say That

If you've finished reading this booklet, you've probably been surprised, maybe even shocked, to discover some of the things Jesus Christ really said and what the Bible says about Him. But there's much more that's rarely taught or discussed in most churches and when it is, it often doesn't square with what Jesus Himself said You need to discover what the Bible says for yourself. And don't take our word for it look it up in the pages of your own Bible This booklet has touched on many subjects...

Have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly John 1010

M isunderstanding Jesus expectations of His followers is one of the biggest tragedies of all. Mistakenly assuming that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so we can now do whatever we want, many have a mental picture of Jesus as a quiet, docile, loving Being handing out eternal life to anyone who will simply acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. Many believe there are many roads to God and a joyful afterlife. The Bible reveals that we each have a date with destiny when we will face Jesus and give...

Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments

The Bible tells us that Christ came as the Mediator of a better covenant (Hebrews 8 6). The popular belief that the New Covenant abolishes God's law reflects a misunderstanding of both covenants. God tells us that He altered the original covenant and made a better covenant, which was established on better promises (verse 6). But it was not established on different laws. The law stayed the same. There was, however, a weakness, or fault, in the original covenant. That fault was with the people,...

Could Jesus have sinned

This brings us to another question about Jesus' humanity. Was it possible for Jesus to sin The Bible is quite clear that Jesus did not sin. Paul says that Jesus knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5 21). John confirms that in Him there is no sin (1 John 3 5). None of His enemies could convict Him of sin (John 8 46). But could He have sinned Hebrews 4 15 tells us that we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. If it...

Do Other Sources Confirm Jesus Christs Existence

Many people assume that, apart from the Bible, history is silent concerning Jesus of Nazareth. But in fact, many independent witnesses testify of Jesus' existence. Let's notice a few. Cornelius Tacitus (ca. 56-120) was a Roman senator, consul and governor of the Roman province of Anatolia (covering most of modern-day Turkey) as well as one of ancient Rome's greatest historians. Late in his life he wrote a 16-volume history of the Roman emperors, the Annals. No friend to either Nero or...

Paul the persecutor is transformed

The apostle Paul is another remarkable example. As a devout Jewish rabbi and strict Pharisee, he was resolutely convinced that Jesus' resurrection had not taken place. Paul persecuted members of the early Church for believing in such nonsense. He staked his whole mission in life on his conviction that the resurrection was a fabrication and the movement was a threat to every tradition he held sacred. This new movement, he was convinced, deserved to be stamped out by any means, including...

Was He really

We have explained that Jesus was God as the Bible explicitly says (John 1 1). What was the difference, then, between how He was God prior to His human birth and when He was a human being Paul addresses this very question in Philippians 2. Paul tells us what He left behind and what He took upon Himself. He, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to his privileges as God's equal. Instead He stripped himself of every advantage by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born a man...

Justification for genocide

The story of Jesus murder is dramatic enough in itself. But attempts to fix the blame for His death have led to horrible acts of spiritual depravity. The Jewish people have usually bome the brunt of the blame. Their implication in the death of Christ has resulted in an unchristian persecution of the Jewish people down through the centuries. Christ-killers was the epithet hurled at them, and the last words many a Jew heard just before his own brutal murder. The Nazis cited this for the genocide...

Christs claims to hold peoples eternal destiny

On several occasions Jesus asserted that He was the One through whom men and women could attain eternal life. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6 40 compare verses 47 and 54). He not only says that people must believe in Him, but also that He will be the One to resurrect them at the end. No mere man can take this role. Dr. Craig adds Jesus held that people's attitudes...

Why will Christ come a second time

Jesus is pictured in the book of Revelation as the resurrected Savior, the Messiah who is preparing to return to earth a second time. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forcvcrmorc (Revelation 1 18). But how is He coming, and why In Matthew 24 He gives us the sobering answer. Responding to the disciples question, about the time of His return and the end of this age of man, Jesus laid out a frightening scenario that includes widespread religious deception, warfare, famines...

What the Messiah is Supposed to Do

One of the primary ways that we know that jesus was not the Messiah was is simply because he did not fulfill any of the Messianic prophecies. Many people have written on this subject, both in books and online. This article will not add anything new to what they have written, but since so many people write me about this subject, evidently this article needs to be here at this site as well. The Prophets have written a great deal about what the Messiah will do when he comes. Likewise, the Oral...

Judaism forsook Moses Christianity forsook Christ

When it comes to Jesus and the law, we have to conclude that the Christian religion has let us down by not holding to the original teachings of Christ, who Himself held to the original teachings of the Old Testament Scriptures. And as the teachings of Jewish religious leaders corrupted Moses, so did the later teachers of Christ that is, false teachers corrupt the teachings of Jesus. In reality, Jesus and Moses agreed. Let's ask a question here. If Jesus were here today, which day would He...

Who Killed Jesus

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53 5-6, NIV). A he death of Jesus Christ is the most famous in history. The state-sanctioned murder that took place almost 2,000 years ago is still in today's news. No other crime against the innocent has...

Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible

In addition to the biblical Sabbath day, Jesus observed the biblical festivals recorded in the Old Testament the Gospels do not show Him ever being accused of violating the Holy Day observances. John 7 records Him teaching at the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. All four Gospels record His actions leading up to and during His last Passover with His disciples the night before He was crucified. The Church that He founded was started on the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2 1-4). After His death...

Jesus view of fulfilling the law

The Greek wordpleroo, translated fulfill in Matthew 5 17, means to make full, to fill, to fill up, . to fill to the full or to render full, i.e. to complete (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, 2002, Strong's number 4137). In other words, Jesus said He came to complete the law and make it perfect. How By showing the spiritual intent and application of God's law. His meaning is clear from the remainder of the chapter, where He showed the spiritual intent of specific...

Jesus Family Connections

When we read the Gospels carefully, we see a number of family connections that help us better understand certain events. We find one of the most Important connections In Luke 1 36, where the same angel who Informs Mary that she will bear a Son also tells her, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age This same Elizabeth would give birth to a son named John, who would be known to history as John the Baptist (verses 57-60, 80). The exact relationship between Mary and...

Gods revelation versus other religions

Ravi Zacharias, in his book Jesus Among Other Gods, gives insight into the differences between Jesus and founders of other world religions At the heart of every major religion is a leading exponent. As the exposition is studied, something very significant emerges. There comes a bifurcation, or a distinction, between the person and the teaching Mohammed, to the Koran. Buddha, to the Noble Path. Krishna, to his philosophizing. Zoroaster, to his ethics. Whatever we may make of their claims, one...

A physical body with physical limitations

When Jesus became flesh He was still God in terms of His identity, but He was nevertheless a human being in every sense of the word. Jesus had a physical body. His closest disciple attests that He was a physical person That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness 1 John 1 1 . John is establishing the humanity...

Jesus felt human emotions

Jesus also experienced many of the same emotional and intellectual qualities we do. He thought, reasoned and felt the full range of human emotions. He had strong affection for people John 11 5 13 23 19 26 . He felt compassion and pity for those who were hungry or physically or spiritually afflicted Matthew 9 36 14 14 15 32 20 34 . He could be distressed and troubled, as was evident to His disciples when He anticipated His impending suffering and death Luke 12 50 John 12 27 . He was deeply...

Jesus special relationship with

Jesus understood Himself to be unique in His close relationship with the Father in that He was the only One who could reveal the Father. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him ' He said Matthew 11 27 . Dr. William Lane Craig, an apologist writing in defense of Christian belief, says this verse tells us that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God in...

Did Jesus Have Long Hair

Most people assume that Jesus had long hair. After all, that's the way they've always seen Him portrayed In every painting, drawing or movie. That's the only Jesus they've ever seen. But are those depictions accurate The fact is, we don't know what Jesus looked like, because the first depictions of Him weren't done until hundreds of years later. Thus every image we've ever seen of Him is based on nothing but the artists' imaginations. While we don't know what Jesus looked like, we do know that...

James half brother of Jesus becomes a believer

Perhaps an even more remarkable transformation took place in the life of James, the half brother of Jesus James was the natural son of Mary and Joseph while Jesus was the son of Mary and God the Father . Notice how J.P Moreland describes events in James life as recorded in the Bible and contemporary history Why did these men change Why did they undergo hardship, persecution, pressure, and martyrdom Consider James the brother of Jesus. Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, tells us that...

Pharisees seek a sign

These miraculous healings weren't enough for the skeptics, however. They wanted more. Twice He was asked for a miraculous sign Matthew 12 38 16 1 . His reply was the same on both occasions. An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah Matthew 12 39 16 4 . The skeptics in Matthew 12 had just witnessed the miracle of Jesus casting out a demon and thereby healing the blind and mute man verse 22 . They justified their...

Jesus claimed authority to forgive sins

Jesus claimed to be divine in various other ways. When Jesus healed one paralyzed man, He also said to him, Son, your sins are forgiven you Mark 2 5 . The scribes who heard this reasoned He was blaspheming, because, as they rightly understood and asked, Who can forgive sins but God alone verses 6-7 . Responding to the scribes, Jesus said Why do you raise such questions in your hearts . . . But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins he said to the...

Discovering the real Jesus

What is the real story Can the true picture of Jesus emeige after 2,000 years of differing views Who should we believe as we try to find it To know the real Jesus would include the fact that what He really taught, and what He really did, is essential for eternal life. Praying to His Father, Jesus said, This is eternal life to know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom von have sent John 17 3, Revised English Bible, emphasis added throughout . Did Jesus do what the records show Was He is...