THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 3-27-05
LESSON TITLE: "WHO IS JESUS?: JESUS AS THE CHRIST"
The Psalmist David once proclaimed, "O Lord, Our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!" (Ps.8:9) No truer words have ever been spoken, for how truly wondrous and excellent the name of our Lord.
We are glad that it is before this Lord that you have assembled on this Lord's day. What a privilege and opportunity this is for those of us who love God and desire to serve Him according to His Will. I hope and pray that we will each do our best to participate in this worship to God and to offer those sacrifices which are acceptable in His sight.
So, as we begin our reverence to God the Creator of all, won't you bow with me before His throne at this time.
Before our first song today, let me take just a moment again and remind you about the Spring Lectureship we are having at the Kansas Expressway Church of Christ, which will feature speakers from the Bible Institute of Missouri. We are excited to be able to have all of our full time faculty, as well as all the students who will be graduating this Spring, as our guest speakers. We hope you will be a part of this service for God which will begin next Sunday, April 3, and will go through Friday, April 8. There will be two speakers each night. I look forward to seeing many of you there. If you need further information give us a call.
Well, its time to begin our first song of the day. So, won't you do your part in praising God at this time, as we sing together, "The Lily of the Valley!"
(SONG # 1)
How often in this life have we failed because we put our trust in the wrong things. Maybe we put our trust in our family or friends and they let us down. Others have put their trust in their jobs or skills and again they are let down. And how about those who put their faith in self or their own knowledge and ability? The sad reality is, there seems to be no guarantees in this life and we often are let down, but why? Because we again put our trust and faith in the wrong things.
However, with this in mind, let me also confirm that there is a way we can have confidence and assurance in this life. There is a way that we can have guarantees and absolutes that are unchanging. The only one who could offer such wonders and promises is obviously our God! I love the way Solomon said it in this proverb, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding," Prov. 3:5. And why can we trust in the Lord with all of our heart, because He is God and able to work all things for good in our lives according to His Will. You see this wise man realized that if we lean on our own abilities and understanding, we will always be let down. But with God on our side, we will never be alone or without hope!
Two final verses to consider that help us with our discussion are found in Malachi 3:6, and 1 Thessalonians 5:24. In Malachi we read, "For I am the LORD, I do not change." In Thessalonians we read, "He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it." Our God can be counted on, He will do what He says and He will not change His mind like those of this earth. Our God truly is a God to be trusted!
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. As far as our lesson, we are still engaged in our series which is entitled, "Who is Jesus?" Our specific lesson of the day is, "Jesus as the Christ." So please stay with us for this study from God's Word, and I will be leading our thoughts at the appropriate time. Now let's join together in our next song of the morning. The name of this hymn, "He Loves Me."
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Ray Sullins
Jesus is the Christ. In fact, in the Bible, 554 times in the New Testament alone, the word "Christ" is referred to. Of course, Christ being the English equivalent of those older Greek or Hebrew type words that were there found in the text, but then Christ then again bearing great significance to our discussion that we've been having about who is Jesus for the past several months.
You might notice with me there again in John chapter 1 that as John has introduced to us so many descriptive terms about this man, Jesus, this God, Jesus, the son of God and so on and so forth that it clarifies there around verse 20 that as John had come and was being questioned as to who he was by the Jews and the Levites themselves, that he proclaimed, "I am not the Christ." It was later in this same discussion that he mentions in verse 23 that it was him who was making straight the way of the Lord as the prophet, Isaiah, had made back in chapter 40. You'll also notice there that it is John that clarifies in verse 34 what we discussed last week that Jesus is the son of God, that this man, this Christ who I am not, this Lord, this son of God is this man, Jesus, whom now stands before you. Then as we begin to read in verse 35 of John chapter 1. It says again, "The next day that John stood with two of his disciples and looking at Jesus as he walked again said, Behold, the lamb of God. The two disciples heard him speaking as they followed Jesus and Jesus turned and seeing them said, What do you seek? And they said, Rabbi (or teacher) where are you staying? He said to them, Come and see, and they came and saw where He was staying and they remained with Him that day, that was about the tenth hour." Verse 40, "One of the two heard John speak and followed him and Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, he first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, We have found the Messiah (which is translated the Christ), and he brought him to Jesus and when Jesus looked at him, He said, You are Simon, the son of Jonah, you shall be called, Cephas." Here's a beautiful story about the day Jesus first met Simon Peter, the stone, the one who is referred to as "the rock" in Matthew 16, the one that we read about throughout the life of Christ being next to the Lord and being one of the great defenders of the truth of God while Jesus was alive as well as after He died. Isn't it interesting here that as they met Him for the first time and as Andrew meets Him that now he brings the news to Simon Peter and what is it that he proclaims? We have found the Messiah. We have found the Christ. In fact, the very word that is being used there for Messiah is the equivalent of Christ that is also translated as "the anointed one" or "the chosen one." Chosen by whom? God.
The concept of being an anointed one is not a strange concept. We can go back even into the Old Testament even as the law was being given by God through Moses. There in Leviticus chapter 4, we note there as he is mentioning the different offerings that the priest will have to administer on behalf of the people, that in verse 3 he mentions that "the anointed priest who sins." There in the same text, he goes on in other passages such as the 5th verse, "then the anointed priest shall take some of the bull's blood," and on and on we could go looking at the concept of a priest that has been anointed.
Well we turn over just a few chapters over to chapter 8 and we begin to see that it was there that the priests were consecrated or sanctified or made pure and holy and righteous enough to be servants of God, but they also had to be anointed, anointed as a chosen one. So the anointed one was one who where literally an oil would be taken and the oil then placed on the individual. In fact, if you'll look with me in chapter 8 and verse 2, it says that, "Moses was told to take Aaron and his sons with him and the garments, the anointing oil and a bull for the sin offering." And it was there also, that "after he washes them," in verse 6, "he was to clothe them. He was to put all these robes on," and then as we drop on down to verse 10, it says, "Moses then took the anointing oil and placed it on them, and not only on the priest, but the tabernacle and all the furnishings of the tabernacle and all those things such as the altar and the courtyard and the lavar and all that was to be made holy to be anointed." Why? Because it was a symbolic thing of God's anointing, God's choosing of this thing or God sanctioning that this thing is right, pure and holy.
Again it is not strange because as we continue to see God chose kings for Israel. I might remind you that each of them were anointed. Again, the concept of what we later find about Christ. Not only the kings, but the prophets were referred to as "anointed ones of God."
Then we read on from there, we see that these anointed ones were the ones often hand-picked, chosen and then placed into the ministry of God Almighty and then the service of making sure that the world would know the Will of God.
Now it is this same concept that we begin to see in relationship to Christ, the anointed or chosen one, then Him also being referred to as the King of Kings that was coming, the Lord of Lords, the Messiah and also then the concept of not only the Anointed but the Christ, the Chosen One that we find as well in the New Testament. But yet, the prophecy concept is an important concept because Jesus was spoke of as one who would come according to the fulfillment of prophecy in order that He might be the Chosen One, the Anointed One of God the Father.
Now we don't want to get too deep into the prophecy concept because in just a few weeks we are going to come back in John chapter 1 and look at how that Jesus was, according to the prophecy of the Old Testament, but now we want to continue on looking at this concept of the Christ then that is presented to us in the New Testament.
I want you to notice with me how the Father considered Jesus and that the Father Himself said that Jesus was the Christ. This was the very same term that the Father, God, used in relationship to His own son when He introduces us there in Matthew chapter 16 the day that He was really proclaiming it to Peter that He would build the church and now He was doing this in the words of His son Himself. If you'll notice there in verse 13 of chapter 16, it says, "When Jesus came into the region of Cesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples saying, Who do men say that I am?" It goes on to say, "Some said He was John the Baptist, some said He was Elijah, and so on and so forth, but He said, Who do you say that I am?" Notice closely the answer of Peter in verse 16. Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the son of the Living God." Whoever this son of God that we've already studied is, whoever this God and this Lord is, is the Christ. So we have it demonstrated very clearly here what Jesus is really all about. The real definition of whom He is and the whole concept of the fulfillment of the Messiah once again, not only the Messiah, but God and not only God, but also the Anointed One chosen by God the Father Himself. Yes, Jesus was said by the Father to be the Messiah.
If you'll turn over to the book of Acts, you might also notice with me that besides the gospels that on the day that the first gospel sermon after the death of Christ was proclaimed, we find there in Acts chapter 2 that again as they were asking what this man was all about, what is it that they should do, and as they had been told that they had just crucified the very son of the Living God. I want you to notice in Acts 2:36 what it is that Peter and the others proclaimed. He says there, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord," listen, "and Christ." Isn't it interesting that Peter here in this gospel sermon after the death of Christ proclaims them as being guilty of the blood of putting Jesus, the Lord, whom they certainly understood, the Lord on the cross that He would die and "they were cut to the heart," the next verse tells us. They had crucified the Christ. We see here that Peter and the others said they had crucified the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Chosen One, the One that all prophecy had spoken about, who was coming according to the fulfillment of the Will of the Father who would come and save them and offer them things greater than they had ever known. It was this same Christ, this Messiah, this Anointed One that they had killed and that they had caused to hang and suffer and to die on the cross. Once again, I remind you that according to the Will of the Father, Jesus had to die and to be the Christ, to be the Messiah, in order that you and I would have the forgiveness of sins.
We further see this being taught later in the book of Acts. In fact, in Acts chapter 10 when Peter talks to Cornelius, you might remember there that Peter began in verse 34 of chapter 10 in Acts, once again, opening his mouth and preaching that God shows no partiality, that the Gentiles as well as the Jews might have opportunity to know Christ, to know Jesus and to respond to Him. I want you to notice what Jesus was referred to as by Peter in verse 36. It says there, "The Word which God sent to the children of Israel preaching peace through Jesus Christ." He was preaching peace through Jesus Christ. Go on in that same verse, verse 36, "He is the Lord of all." You see this Lord, the son of God, this man was Christ. He was that Messiah. He was the one that in verse 35 that anyone who would accept His righteousness and obey would be saved. Isn't it wonderful to know that our Christ is the Messiah, that He is the Lord, that He is the son of God, that He is the fullness of grace and truth and the fullness of God and not only the son of God, but the idea of God Himself in the flesh. And isn't it wonderful to know that He presents us all things that we have need of and that He has fulfilled all promises according to what we have. In fact, there in that same text in Acts chapter 10, he goes on to say that "It is this Jesus who died, who shed His blood," who in verse 43, "even offers us forgiveness of sins, remission of sins through that death." So when we talk about the one that died and when we talk about the Lord, when we talk about God in the flesh and we talk about all of these wondrous terms that identify to us who Jesus is, we cannot neglect the concept of Jesus as Christ because He is the Messiah. He is the one who was always clarified of and spoken of.
Not only did the Father say that He was the Christ, but turn again with me back to John in John chapter 4 as Jesus was talking to the woman at the well. She there, mentioned in verse 25, "I know that the Messiah is coming who is the Christ and when He comes, He's going to tell us all things." Notice what Jesus said in verse 26. "I who speak to you and he. I am the Christ." The Father said He was the Christ. Jesus said He was the Christ. What about the Holy Spirit? I want you to turn over to the book of Hebrews with me in Hebrews chapter 1 in the discussion that the writer gives us to help us to know who Jesus is once again. He says there and clarifies the following in verses 8 and 9 that the Father says about the son. But to the son He says, the Father, your throne oh God is forever and ever a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. Therefore your God has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companion." Notice God the Father refers to Jesus as God and then He says that "Jesus as God was the Anointed One, the Christ, the Chosen One, the Messiah." God the Father, the son, the Holy Spirit, the entire godhead and including all those sent by Him, that is John the Baptist, even before him and after him, understood clearly that Jesus was the Christ, that Jesus not only was but is the Christ and it is only through this Christ and His precious name, that is Jesus Christ, that we have the opportunity unto salvation and to be saved as we see in Acts 4 and verse 12.
I want you to notice with me finally in our discussion a verse that is very interesting that is found in 2 Corinthians chapter 1. Here as Paul talks to the Corinthian church, he helps us again to understand that not only is Christ the Anointed One, but when we become children of God, we also become those who are considered as the anointed, not as Christ, we are not the Christ, but as the anointed ones. Verse 21 there again of 2 Corinthians chapter 1 the Bible says, "Now he who establishes us with you in Christ has anointed us in God who also has sealed us and given us the spirit in our hearts as the guarantee." You see, we have been guaranteed through the spirit and by the spirit as the sons of God as anointed ones because Christ the Anointed One made sacrifice in order that we might be fellow heirs with Him of the promise.
Oh how blessed it is to understand the beautiful concept of the Anointed One, Jesus Christ, and how that as the Anointed One, the Father not only chose Him, but He sent Him according to His Will that He might fulfill all things as prophecy had prescribed and basically, surely fulfilled that which the Messiah was to be all about in order that when the Messiah, the Anointed One came, the Chosen One of the Father, that He might fulfill the promises of God to us that we might then become the children of God and confess with our own mouth that which will lead a man to salvation that Jesus Christ not only is Lord but He is the Christ.
(SONG # 3 - "No Tears In Heaven!")
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May we all realize that great significance in Jesus being the Christ. Who else is worthy of such a title than the one who was willing to die for you and me!