This is the study about the ONE who is the sum and substance, the center and essence of Bible Christianity
This is the study about the ONE who is the sum and substance, the center and essence of Bible Christianity. If we remove Buddha from Buddhism, if we take Mohammed out of Islam, if we eliminate Smith from Mormonism, we still are left with systems of belief. But if we separate Jesus Christ from Christianity – we have nothing!! Christianity is not a system of beliefs, it is a PERSON. We are not saved through rules and rites, but through a PERSON. In this study lesson we will look at two particulars concerning Jesus Christ:
1. Who He is
2. What He has done
Jesus considered whom men believed Him to be of fundamental importance. He even asked His disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13). Who do you say that Jesus Christ is? What is your conclusion regarding His identity? Examine the diagram below and consider who Jesus really is.
JESUS CLAIMS TO BE GOD
In the words of Kenneth Scott Latourette, the great historian of Christianity at
: “It is not His teachings which make Jesus so remarkable, although these would be enough to give Him distinction. It is a combination of the teachings with the man Himself. The two cannot be separated.” C. S. Lewis, who was a professor at Cambridge University and once an agnostic, wrote: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m 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. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” Jesus claimed to be God. He did not leave any other options. His claim to be God must be either true or false and is something that should be given serious consideration. Yale University
I. JESUS CHRIST IS THE PERFECT MAN.
A. Look up: Galatians 4:4
Jesus was born of a W__ __ __ __ .
B. Look up: Luke 2:5
Mary underwent a normal human pregnancy – she was
G__ __ __ __ with child.
C. Look up: Luke 2:40-52
Throughout childhood, Jesus G__ __ __ in a normal way.
How did Jesus grow?
(Luke 2:52) “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
What words or phrases indicate:
1. Mental growth? W __ __ __ __ __
2. Spiritual growth? F __ __ __ __ __ with G __ __
3. Physical growth? S __ __ __ __ __ __
4. Social growth? F __ __ __ __ __ with M __ __
D. Look up: John 4:7-9
To the woman of
, Jesus looked like a typical Samaria
__ __ __ .
“Religious art” portrays Christ as having blue eyes, long straight golden hair, and a fair complexion. Nothing could be further from reality. Jesus Christ looked like an average Jew – olive skin, brown eyes, bearded, and short black hair.
E. Look up: Isaiah 53:2
This prophetical description of the Lord tells us He had no C__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ or attractive
B__ __ __ __ __. According to Matthew 26:48,49, the Lord Jesus was so plain that Judas needed to kiss His cheek to identify Him to the soldiers.
F. Look up: John 4:6
Jesus experienced W__ __ __ __ __ __ __.
G. Look up: Matthew 8:24
Jesus required S__ __ __ __ .
H. Look up: Matthew 21:18
Jesus got H__ __ __ __ __.
I. Look up: Luke 22:44
Jesus suffered painful A__ __ __ __ .
J. Look up: Hebrews 4:15
Jesus was T__ __ __ __ __ __ in all things, just like you and me.
K. Look up: 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus knew __ __ sin.
L. Look up: John 19:33
Jesus suffered a physical D__ __ __ __ .
II. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD.
A. Look up: John 1:14
Who is “The Word”? _______________________
B. Look up: John 1:1
The Word __ __ __ God
C. Look up: John 5:18
Why did the Jews try to kill Jesus? _____________
D. Look up: John 10:30
Jesus said He and the Father were O__ __.
E. Look up: John 10:31-33
How did the Jews interpret John 10:30?
F. Look up: John 14:9
Whom do we see when we see Jesus? ___________
G. Look up: John 20:28
1. What did Thomas say concerning Jesus?
2. Did Jesus rebuke Thomas for this? _______
H. Look up: Hebrews 1:8
To whom is the title, “O God” given? The __ __ __
I. Look up: 1 John 5:20
Who is the true God and eternal life? ___________
J. Compare: Titus 1:3 with Titus 1:4
1. Who is referred to in each verse as “our Savior”? ___________________________
2. What does this mean? _________________
K. Compare: Genesis 1:1 with John 1:3
What is the inescapable conclusion concerning Jesus Christ? ______________________________
L. After examining the Bible, who do you conclude Jesus Christ to be?
__ A god
__ Just a good man
III. JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN.
From what you have learned above, the Lord Jesus Christ is a man and He is God. He is not 50% human and 50% divine, but 100% perfect in His humanity and 100% perfect in His deity. How can this be?? He is the God-Man! This
is a fact clearly taught in the Word of God, but it is one we cannot fully comprehend.
A. Look up: 1 Timothy 3:16
This verse says that Jesus is __ __ __ manifested in the F__ __ __ __.
Remember back to the G (God) lesson and the Bible teaching of one God manifested in three Persons. In studying about the Lord Jesus Christ we must appreciate one Person with two natures – a divine nature and a human nature. While we will never fully understand this truth, we can see it was accomplished in the miracle of the Virgin Birth of Christ.
1. If Jesus had a human mother and a human father, He would be just another man – sinful, needing to be saved, and totally incapable of saving Himself, let alone others.
2. If Jesus had no human mother and no human father, He would be unapproachable as God – holy and dwelling in light inaccessible.
3. The Bible teaches Jesus to be the Son of Man (because Mary was His mother) and the Son of God.
B. Look up: Isaiah 7:14
This Old Testament prophecy of Christ said a
V__ __ __ __ __ would conceive.
C. Look up: Matthew 1:18
When Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb, she was E__ __ __ __ __ __ __ (engaged) to Joseph; and they had not come T__ __ __ __ __ __ __ in marriage.
D. Look up Luke 1:35
The conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary was the miraculous work of the H __ __ __ S __ __ __ __ __.
IV. THE DEATH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
A. Look up: Luke 19:10 and
Jesus came to S__ __ __ the L__ __ __ .
B. Look up: Romans 5:8
Christ died for S__ __ __ __ __ __ .
C. Look up: Isaiah 53:6
What was laid upon Jesus when He died on the cross?
D. Look up: Romans 5:10
Through the death of Jesus Christ we are
R__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ to God.
E. Look up: John 3:16
For whom did Christ die?
W__ __ __ __
F. Look up: Romans 10:13
Who can benefit from the death of Christ?
W__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ calls upon Him
G. Look up: John 19:30c and Hebrews 10:12
What needs to be added to the death of Christ on the cross to complete our salvation? ______________
H. Look up: Galatians 4:5
By His shed blood, Jesus is able to R__ __ __ __ __ those who trust Him.
V. THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
A. Look up: John 20:1
On what day of the week did Jesus rise? The
F__ __ __ __ day, or S__ __ __ __ __
B. Look up: Matthew 12:40
How long was Jesus in the tomb?
C. Read: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
List the appearances of the resurrected Lord as given here:
D. Look up: Romans 4:25
Why was Jesus raised from the dead? For our
J__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
E. Look up: 1 Peter 1:3, 4
According to this Scripture, because of the resurrection of Christ, each believer has a “lively” H__ __ __ for a wonderful inheritance, reserved in H__ __ __ __ __ .
VI. THE ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST.
A. Look up: Acts 1:3, 9
When did Jesus return to Heaven?
B. Look up: Hebrews 10:12
Where is Jesus at this present time?
C. Look up: Hebrews 7:25
Jesus is making I__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ for each believer.
D. Look up: John 14:2
Jesus is preparing a P__ __ __ __ for each of us who are saved.
E. Look up: 1 John 2:1
When a Christian sins, Jesus is an
A__ __ __ __ __ __ __ with the Father.
“In the twinkling of an eye”
The speed that light reflects off of the retina of the eye. That is, the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second!
What does this mean as far as “getting ready” when the rapture begins?
VII. THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST.
A. Look up: John 14:3
Jesus said, “I will C__ __ __ A __ __ __ __ .”
B. Look up: Acts 1:11
Who promised the return of Christ here?
C. Look up: Titus 2:13
Christ’s return is called the B__ __ __ __ __ __
H__ __ __.
D. Look up: 1 Corinthians 15:51,52
When Jesus Christ returns for His people, how quickly will this event transpire?
E. Look up: 1
What will happen to believers (living and dead) when Jesus returns? _______________________________
THE GLORIOUS FACT OF THE GOSPEL
A correct understanding of the Resurrection is of great importance in a day when so many professing Christians differ as to its meaning and worth. As Bible-believers, we are to contend for the Doctrine of Christ (2 John 9) and to separate from those who do not hold to that doctrine. The bodily Resurrection of Christ is an indispensable part of the teaching concerning the Son of God. It is a glorious and essential fact No true born again believer should be indifferent as to what the Bible declares to be the truth. The Word of God clearly states, ''And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.'' 1 Corinthians 15:17. The fact that Jesus is God incarnate requires the Resurrection. God cannot be held in death; therefore, "... it was not possible that He [Jesus Christ] should be holden of it [death]." Acts 2:24.
THE TESTIMONY OF CHRIST
The indisputable fact of the Resurrection can be seen in Christ's own testimony. Concerning this, Jesus said, “The Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.” (Luke 9:22)
Jesus not only knew that He must die a sacrifice for sin, but that He must also be raised again from the grave.
Through its prophetic and direct statements, the Bible reveals the indisputable fact of Christ's resurrection. Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ the Psalmist prophesied, “For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer thine Holy One [Jesus Christ] to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10) This prophecy was literally fulfilled when Christ was raised from the dead. There is no possibility of error in the interpretation of this prophecy. Under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Peter quoted this Old Testament prophecy in Acts 2:27 and said of the Psalmist “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up whereof we all are witnesses.” (Acts 2:31-32)
The testimony of many eyewitnesses who saw the resurrected Christ gives us undeniable proof of the Resurrection: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures: and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6) The Resurrection is the heart of the Gospel message. The Apostle Peter preached the Resurrection without apology (Acts 10:38-43). Paul, also, was unswerving in his proclamation of this glorious truth (read carefully Acts 17:2-4). These eyewitnesses went out with boldness and joy because they knew that they served a risen Lord.
THE EMPTY TOMB
Without question, the empty tomb shows that Christ rose BODILY
from the grave: “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6) This was not merely a “spiritual resurrection'” nor was it thievery or trickery; Christ had risen BODILY as He had said. His own words in John 2:18-22 confirm the fact that He rose BODILY from the grave. In verse 19, Christ says, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” In verse 21, this temple mentioned by Jesus is clearly “the
.” The disciple remembered this discourse after He was risen and, therefore, accepted as fact Christ's bodily Resurrection (verse 22). The fact of the Resurrection is established by Scripture. As Bible-believers, we can rest in this blessed truth and contend boldly with any who would attempt to discredit this historical account. Yet to the believer, the Resurrection means much more. Because Jesus Christ rose from the grave, certain blessings and promises are afforded those who have entrusted their souls to the LIVING SAVIOUR. templeof His BODY
The Resurrection proves that Christ’s sacrificial payment for our sin was accepted by God. Jesus Christ shed His blood as the payment for our sin: “And He is the propitiation [appeasing sacrifice] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2) The perfect sacrifice was offered, and any lost sinner is justified, or made right with God, by trusting in that precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19) In Romans, God's Word states, “Who [Jesus] was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” (Romans 4:25) In essence, we are justified by faith in His shed blood. Christ was raised because God accepted His death as the perfect and only basis for our justification.
The Resurrection shows that Christ has the power to give life to those who believe. God's Word says, “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [Jesus Christ] was made a quickening spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:45) The assertion of this Scripture is that Jesus Christ has the ability to “quicken” or to “make alive.” In the Gospel of John, the Saviour declares: “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them: even so the Son quickeneth whom He will.” (John 5:21) We see, therefore, the resurrected Saviour who has this life-giving power. Today, He imparts life to all who believe. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:12)
The Resurrection also assures us of the power needed to live a victorious Christian life: “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead...” (Ephesians 1:19-20) There will never be any trial too great any burden too heavy, or any temptation too strong. The same power that raised up Jesus is available to all who believe. As we learn to trust Him more and ourselves less, He will be able to display daily His mighty power in our lives.
PATTERN FOR THE FUTURE
Finally, the Resurrection reveals the pattern of what lies ahead for the believer. Christ is the first fruits, that is, the firstborn from the dead. He was resurrected from the grave and the promise is, then, that we will be raised in like manner. “But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-22) Because Christ arose, all who are His shall, at His appearing, receive new, resurrection
bodies (see Philippians 3:20-21). Whether living or dead,…“we shall all be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51) What a blessed future is in store for all who place their trust in the resurrected Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ!
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a glorious fact…Jesus Christ lives today! He imparts life to lost souls who believe the Gospel message. He empowers believers to live victorious Christian lives.