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1 1 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? Jn. 1: Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. [By Ron Halbrook]

2 2 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? Introduction: 1. Question for Every Generation, Every Man Jn. 1:45-46 Found the Promised Savior “We have found him….Come and see.” Matt. 16:13-16 Many Answers—True Answer “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” “But whom say ye that I am?” Matt. 22:41-46 Son of David, Lord of David “What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?” “If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?”

3 3 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? Introduction: 2. Ancient Errors Still Here Highest Angel Great Prophet or Teacher Among Equals One Savior Among Many 3. Modern Answers Mirror Modern Man “He was a capitalist….urban reformer.…country boy.…socialist….world’s first ad man” (P. Allitt, “The American Christ,” American Heritage, Nov.‘88) Philosopher Black Muslim Pop Psychologist

4 4 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? Introduction: 4. The Bible: Only Reliable Testimony Lk. 1:1-4 “Eyewitnesses…perfect understanding…know the certainty” Jn. 20:30-31 “Signs…in the presence of his disciples…written” Jn. 21:24 “This…disciple…testifieth…and wrote ….his testimony is true” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 “Given by inspiration of God” 5. Greatest Question, Greatest Consequences— Examine Evidence, Not Play with Theories!

5 5 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? I. THE CHRIST OF THE PROPHETS A. Prophets of God Promised the Messiah (Christ) Anointed, Set Apart to Office: God’s Chosen Servant, Savior, King Gen. 12:1-3 From Family of Abraham Gen. 49:10 From Tribe of Judah Deut. 18:18 Great Prophet Like Moses Ps. 2; Isa. 11:1 From Royal Line of David Isa. 7:14; Mic. 5:2 Born of Virgin, In Bethlehem B. “We Have Found the Messiah!” Jn. 1:41, 45 Every Prophecy Fulfilled— His Identity Certain

6 6 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? II. THE SON OF MAN A. “The Son of Man:” Shares Human Nature, God’s Representative Among Men As Prophet, King, Messiah Ezek. 2:1, 3, 8 Used Often of Ezekiel as God’s Messenger Among Men Ezek. 3:7-11 Tender Heart Open to Truth— Preach with Great Determination Dan. 7:13-14 Fulfills God’s Purpose to Establish His Kingdom

7 7 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? II. THE SON OF MAN B. Jesus, “The Son of Man:” Shares Human Nature, God’s Representative Among Men As Prophet-King-Messiah Matt.-Jn. 78 Times Matt. 11:19; 8:20 Shares Life of Man, Lowly Life Matt. 9:6; 12:8 Lord of Life, Lord of Law Jn. 12:23-24, Son of Man (Messiah) to Die & Reign—Not Understood Matt. 16:27-28 Fulfills God’s Purpose to Establish His Kingdom

8 8 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? III. THE SON OF GOD B. Jesus, “The Son of God:” Shares Divine Nature, One of the Godhead Among Men Matt. 16:13-16 Fully Man, Fully God Jn. 5:17-18, Equal to the Father in Nature & Authority Jn. 8:58 “I AM” as Ex. 3:14 Matt. 4:10; Jn. 9:38 Accepted Worship as God Heb. 1:1-6 Worshipped by Angels as God

9 9 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? IV. THE SAVIOR FOR ALL MEN A. Savior for All Men Promised by God Gen. 3:15 Seducer of All Men to be Defeated Gen. 12:3 Seed of Abraham: Blessing for All Isa. 2:1-4 Kingdom of God for All Isa. 11:1-11 Savior-King for Jew & Gentile B. Jesus, the Savior Promised for All Men Gal. 3:8, 16 Jesus Christ, Seed of Abraham Mk. 16:15-16 Great Commission: Preach to All Jn. 10:16; Eph. 2:11-17 For Jew & Gentile Rev. 22:17 All Invited

10 10 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? V. THE PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR SIN A. All Sin, Need a Sacrifice Rom. 3:23 All Men Sin Ezek. 18:1-4; Ja. 1:13-15 Responsible for Our Sin B. Animal Sacrifice: Sin Brings Death Lev. 17:11 Life in Blood, Death as Atonement Gal. 3:10 Law of Moses Teach Curse of Sin C. Death of Jesus: Perfect Sacrifice for All Men Jn. 1:29 The Perfect Lamb of God Heb. 10:1-14 The Perfect, Final Sacrifice

11 11 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? VI. THE LORD OF LORDS & KING OF KINGS A. Lord of Lords, King of Kings: Ultimate Source of All Sovereignty, Power, Rule Deut. 10:17; 1 Tim. 6:12-16 Applies to Deity Rev. 17:14; 19:16 Applies to Jesus Christ as Deity B. Astonishing Claim of Jesus Confirmed Rom. 1:3-4 His Power Over Death Matt. 28:18-20 Arose to Rule as Savior of World C. Comprehensive Rule Acts 2:33-38 Must Submit to Him to be Saved Eph. 1:22-23 Only Head of the Church of Christ Dan. 2:44; 4:25; Rev. 17:14 Power over Gov’ts

12 12 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? VII. THE FINAL REVELATION OF GOD A. Came in Flesh to Give Full, Final Revelation Jn. 1:1, Deity in Flesh, Full Revelation Heb. 1:1-2 Final Age, Final Revelation thru Him B. Revelation Completed thru His Apostles Jn. 16:12-13 Give “All Truth” thru Them 2 Pet. 1:12-15; 3:1-2 Apostles Wrote for Us C. All Modern “Revelations” False Claims Jude 3 “Once Delivered” as Sacrifice of Christ “Once for All” (Heb. 10:10)—Final, Perfect! Popes, Councils, Creeds Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen G. White Pentecostal Apostles, Prophets, Tongues

13 13 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? VIII. THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST A. High Priest: God’s Representative to Man, Man’s Representative to God Heb. 2:17 Offered His Body to Atone for Our Sins Heb. 4:14-16 Understands, Sympathizes, Helps Us in Our Weaknesses & Trials Heb. 5:4-10 King & Priest, Greater Than Aaron Heb. 5:8-9 Saves All Who Obey Him

14 14 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? Conclusion: 1. Testimony Sure & Certain, Not Theories The Christ of the Prophets The Son of Man The Son of God The Savior for All Men The Perfect Sacrifice for Sin The Lord of Lords, King of Kings The Final Revelation of God The Great High Priest

15 15 WHO IS JESUS OF NAZARETH? Conclusion: 2. “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph!” (Jn. 1:45) Mk. 16:16 Obey Him, Receive Salvation 1 Jn. 1:9 Confess Sins as Fallen Saint, Be Restored Heb. 10:23 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”


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