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How is He – Part 1

 

 PART 1 –  THE REAL DEAL.

Welcome to Part 1 of the “Who is He?” series

Greet the Annex Service and the Internet audience

 Some people claim He’s a great teacher.  Others think He’s a prophet.  Some dismiss Him as a liar or even a madman yet millions hail Him as Savior and Lord.  Whatever people think of Him, nobody can deny that Jesus Christ stands at the very crux of human history.

In this series, we’re taking an in-depth look into the life of Christ and five little known attributes of His personality that are sure to change your life.

Surf line in the Gulf of Mexico

Gorgeous houses built right there on the water

When they built the homes – beach and surf were 100 yds away

Slowly eroding away

 Erosion 

As we look at our culture we see the waves of spiritual erosion

And at the heart of it – is an attack on the person of Jesus Christ         

The waves of humanism – the worship of our own ideas

Pound against the foundation of what God’s Word says

 Europe – Post Christian era

                    Beautiful Cathedrals now museums of art

People have all kinds of differing views

Your view of Him will define your relationship with Him

Who do you say that He is?

(Mark 8:27-29)  Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”

The Search for Jesus

Joke – Today’s message – “Jesus Walks on the Water”

Tonight message – “Searching for Jesus”

Some only know Him through…

  • Tradition

Merely a cultural connection

My testimony and experience in church

Forced me to compartmentalize my life into two areas

Thought everything was okay

(Matthew 15:7-9)  “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ ”

  • Intellect

Enjoy knowing about Him and studying theology

But so many religious intellectuals don’t know Him

Worship doctrine and truth

Others pick and choose parts of the Bible – like some of it

Explain away His own words

Some dismiss it all together as illogical – visit to the Ukraine

Russian cosmonaut – “Boganyet”

Can’t base faith on understanding – God bigger than your brain

(1 Corinthians 2:4-5)  “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”

  • A personal encounter

Meet Him face to face – know Him

Relationship instead of religion

In the Bible as well as today

I have never found any person who really had a God encounter

And then questioned God or rebelled against God

When you have a face-to-face encounter – you’re convinced

(John 9:17, 25)  Finally they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him?”  He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

Paul was a skeptic – until he met Jesus face to face

(2 Timothy 1:12)  “…I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able…”

Greatest proof that Jesus is who He said He was – is a changed life

(2 Corinthians 5:17)  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

The Real Deal – Authentic

5 Attributes – Today – He is authentic – the real deal

Jesus was against anything that boxed man in and God out

No pretense – no pomp and circumstance

No robes – no special place that He stood

Cut through all the church stuff – anything inauthentic

(John 1:14 CEV)  “The Word (God) became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us.”

Throughout the book of John – Jesus defines Himself

He connects with us in our areas of need – insecurities

Let me give you 4 of them – the “I am”

1. “I am the bread of life.”

He offers real fulfillment.

Right after the feeding of the 5000

Wanted to get more food from Him

 (John 6:35)  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

2. “I am the light of the world.”

He offers real forgiveness.

Woman caught in adultery – religion highlights the shame

 (John 8:12)  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

So many are insecure about how God views our mistakes

Think He came to shed light on your faults

Came to bring light to dark places

(John 3:17)  “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Loves you just as you are – but too much to leave you that way

Jesus came to set me free – not make me sorry

Brings security in the face of our shortcomings

3. “I am the gate.”

He offers real friendship.

Trying to describe this new relationship that people could have with God – uses sheep and Shepherd illustration

My sheep know My voice

(John 10:9)  “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”

A good shepherd will lay down his life for the sheep

True friendship is someone who would die for you

4. “I am the resurrection.”

He offers a real future.

The death of Lazarus – “you’re too late”

Jews believed the spirit hovered for 3 days and then gone eternally

(John 11:25-26)  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Some afraid of death – have no assurance of life after death

Jesus is the only One who can remove all fear/doubt

This is the question for you – “Do you believe this?”

Who do you say that He is?