THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 4-3-05
LESSON TITLE: "WHO IS JESUS? JESUS IN PROPHECY"
Joshua once proclaimed to God's people, "Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left." What a beautiful challenge this is to us as well, as God's followers on this wondrous Lord's Day - to do all that is written in God's Word for us.
Thank you so much for joining us this day for this time of Worship to our God. And it is my prayer that we are all doing our best, today and every day, to accomplish everything according to God's precious will and His eternal purpose. Won't you do your part this morning so that God may truly be praised and so that all we offer toward His throne will be done in spirit and in truth.
With these thoughts in mind, will you bow with me before His almighty throne in prayer.
Today is the day that marks the beginning of our Spring Lectureship with featured speakers from the Bible Institute of Missouri, both faculty members and students who are about to graduate. I hope each of you will be involved in this time of growth and commitment to the things of God. These assemblies will be held at the Kansas Expressway Church of Christ building in Springfield. We hope to see many of you there.
Now let's join in our first song of the morning. It reminds us of the most powerful spiritual ingredient, which cleanses us all of our sins! So, won't you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing together, "Power in the Blood."
(SONG # 1)
When considering our service to God, when are we doing enough? As we read earlier, God is only satisfied when we are doing all that we are commanded according to His Will. I remember a similar thing which Jesus said in John 14:15, there we read, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." Here we find that a true love for Jesus is seen through our obedience to His Law. And we might wonder, how much of His law? Well, scriptures again require us to do nothing less than He commands, but to do even more than he requests. We must give our all, obey all and follow all just as He has confirmed in His word.
In Acts 13:22, we read about King David of old. Luke there records for us that David was a man who "did all," of God's Will! Now does that mean he was perfect? Certainly not, he made mistakes just like you and I do. However, he was striving for perfection and completeness in relationship to what God had commanded and required of him. Because of this, he was found as a man who did all of God's Will.
We might also ask, just how important is it that we get God's Law's right? James helps us with this in chapter 2:10 of his book. There we read, "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all." Yikes, that's kind of scary isn't it? The point is, we must do our very best to keep all of God's Law just as He has commanded, because when we stumble in one point - especially willfully, we have been found guilty of breaking the whole law.
Let me encourage us all this day to study God's Word, to learn His every precept and to obey His every command. Then and only then can we know that we are right with our God and thus pleasing in His sight! So let me ask, "how committed are you to your God in keeping His entire law?"
We are happy to have brother Jerry Sullins with us as our guest speaker of the day. As you may remember, brother Sullins is the director of the Bible Institute of Missouri. We look forward to him guiding our focus on God's Word this morning.
As far as our main study of the day, we will be continuing our discussion on Jesus, in our series entitled, "Who Is Jesus?" Our specific lesson of the morning will deal with, "Jesus in Prophecy." So please stay with us this morning and after our next song together, brother Jerry Sullins will be leading us in our main thoughts of the day. But for now let's join together in our second song of the morning. The name of this hymn, "This Is My Fathers World."
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Jerry Sullins
It is certainly a pleasure to be here with you this morning. I appreciate you so much you coming in, or tuning in, to this television program. From time to time, I am traveling around the state of Missouri and areas close to the state of Missouri that are in range of this television station and we receive so many good comments concerning this program. We want to encourage you to continue to watch this program and to invite your friends, loved ones and relatives to also view and maybe they can gain something from this program that will help them in this old troubled life that we live in today.
We've in, throughout the past few weeks, there have been many lessons concerning the life of Jesus, examining so many parts of His existence, His pre-existence, so many facets concerning His life. And this morning, I am to deal with one other one that has been presented to me for the subject.
Now turn your attention to John chapter 1, verse 45 where it says concerning Jesus Christ, "Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and also of whom the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." It is so important to talk about the life of Jesus and Jesus Himself for He is our Savior. He is the one that we as Christians desire to proclaim to this whole world. Yet how sad it is after having done mission work in another part of the world for almost 20 years, we who are in missions understand and know that it's very possible that over half of the population of this world has never even heard the name Jesus or if they've heard the name Jesus, they really don't know or have any concept about that one that that name represents. But yet we know this person Jesus Christ because of the Word of God and for the past several weeks, you've been studying Jesus as the Word of God reveals it to us. But yet we know that Jesus was a young person at one time and He was born just like any other human being in Bethlehem of Judea, according to the prophets, and since His birth the world has not been the same.
We consider who Jesus actually is and some people in this world, as I have discussed it with many people who do not claim to be Christians, many people believe and even the Moslem population believes that He was a prophet and a very good man. For the most part, they believe that. And when you mention His name to those who have heard of Him and who know of His followers, normally good things are said about Him and about us, but yet they still believe that He was just a good man.
Well there are many modernists in our world today, those who really do not believe in the inspiration of the scripture, but yet who read about Jesus not only mainly in the Bible, but in other books and they say about Him that He was a good man. There was one called John Pike many years ago who made the statement that he believed that "He was just a carpenter's son and He had some aspirations of wanting to be a preacher, that is clerical aspirations, but He differed from other men in degree, but not in kind," which simply means that He was just a man just like anyone else. He wasn't a different kind of a man, but He just wanted to be a preacher. Not that John Pike would not say that He was not a good man and that He did not do a lot of good things, but he doubted what we would refer to as Jesus being Deity, that is having all of the attributes of God Himself.
Well Jesus asked the Pharisees one time... Of course, they were always asking Him questions trying to challenge Him and to trick Him. But Jesus asked them a question and He said this to them, "What think you of Christ? Who's son is He?" And the Pharisees had to answer that question in only one way because they knew what the Old Testament said about this Christ, and they said, "He is the son of David."
I want to call your attention to the book of Romans chapter 1, verses 1-3. The apostle Paul here is introducing his great book of faith to the brethren at Rome and he said, "Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which he promised before through the prophets in the holy scriptures concerning His son, Jesus Christ, our Lord who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh and declared to be the son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead." So here, according to the prophets and as it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, Jesus was the seed of David and being the seed of David, that was just one proof through prophecy that would show us that indeed this Jesus of Nazareth who was born in Bethlehem of Judea according to the prophets was indeed the son of God and the Savior of the world.
When we look at Jesus and as I know we have discussed it in other ways, at least on this program I know that you've discussed this maybe in the past few weeks. I really don't know sometimes because I may be in other parts of the country and I can't get "The Living Word" broadcast, but as you have already been told, I'm sure, Jesus actually had no origin. He is not a created being. He was not created by the Father, but yet according to John 1:1, it says, "In the beginning was the Word..." That is the logos, and that is a word that refers to Jesus. "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, the same in the beginning was with God." So here we see Jesus possessing the same attributes as God the Father. In fact, as He even said of Himself that He was God, if you've seen Him (that is the son of God) then you've seen Him, God, because as Jesus said they are all one. They all have the same characteristics.
In John chapter 1, verse 14 in the text of what we're reading this morning in that first chapter of the gospel according to John, it says that, "Jesus became flesh and He dwelt among men." And you notice a statement in John 8, verse 58. I think it's a very interesting statement. Jesus said, "Before Abraham was born, I am."
So we see according to the apostle Paul in the book of Philippians chapter 2 verses 5-8 that it tells us there, and we're not going to read those verses this morning. There are several other things we want to speak of. It tells us there in those verses that indeed Jesus was pre-existent. He was pre-existent before the foundation of the world. He was incarnated, that is made in the likeness of man. That is revealed in the scripture. And also He was coronated, that is God highly exalted Him above all things.
And so we see very clearly in the scripture that Jesus Christ is the son of God. He had no origin. It was predicted of Him through the prophets. Many, many things. In fact, my friends, if you look throughout the Old Testament and you just casually look through the books, you will see one reference after another to Jesus Christ, in that He would be born, that He would come to this world, that He would save His people from their sins, that He would die upon the cruel cross of Calvary, that He would eventually be resurrected, and over 500 prophetic references are made concerning Jesus Himself throughout the scripture.
Now I want to show you the first one that is found in Genesis chapter 3, verse 15. And I hope you have your Bibles before you. If not, at least you can jot these scriptures down. This was after Adam and Eve had fell in the garden in sin and the statement is made in verse 15 in chapter 3, the book of Genesis, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel." This was definitely a prophecy concerning Jesus Christ who would come to this earth and Satan would inflict wounds upon Christ, but Jesus Christ the seed of Abraham would inflict a mortal blow, that is a death blow upon Satan himself, become victorious out of the grave, be the firstborn of the resurrection, and give us an opportunity also someday to be a part of that same resurrection.
Remember the promise to Abraham in Genesis chapter 12, verse 3? I think that's an interesting promise and we note that something is involved there that will take place later. I want to call your attention first of all to Genesis chapter 12 where it says in verse 2, if Abraham was willing to get up out of the country of Ur of Chaldea (that was his home) not knowing where he would go and start out on a journey that God would show him where to go, if he was willing to do this, then God said this in verse 2 and 3, "I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." So in Abraham, all of the families of the earth would be blessed. Now most people, even those who follow Mohammed, understand the importance of Abraham in history. He indeed is the father of faith and it is through him, that is his seed and Jesus being the seed of Abraham, that all nations of the earth would be blessed.
Remember the story of Job where Job actually lost all of his possessions? He lost his family. Actually the book of Job tells us how to deal with suffering because this man not only lost all of his possessions and his family, his sons and his daughters. The only thing he didn't lose was his wife. He also lost his health and yet when his friends came to him, and we wonder if they were really friends or not, when his friends came to him and challenged him, basically his statement was this: "The Lord giveth. The Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." Now he made that statement almost exactly after his wife had said, "Now Job, you see what's happening here..." I'm paraphrasing what she was saying. "You see what's happening here." And she said to him, "Curse God and die." But Job said, "No, the Lord giveth. The Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." And he also made another statement in Job 19, verse 25 which is a beautiful statement. "For I know that my Redeemer liveth and He shall stand in the latter day upon the earth." What a blessed promise that is to us who believe and who obey, who respect, honor, and follow and live the life that Jesus Christ the son of God wants us to live in this world today. "I know that my Redeemer liveth and He shall stand in the latter day upon the earth."
And even Jeremiah... We're speaking of Jesus in prophecy. Listen to this interesting and important prophecy concerning Jesus. "Behold, the day has come sayeth the Lord that I will raise up unto David a righteous branch and a king shall reign and prosper and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Who was that righteous branch? Who was that King of Kings, Lord of Lords? Who was the one who established and built the church? You've been studying this for several weeks now. Who was the one who was one with the Father and seeks all of His followers to be one as He is also with the Father? It is Jesus our Lord.
Zachariah, in Zachariah 9 verse 9, "Rejoice gladly, oh daughter of Zion. Shout, oh daughter of Jerusalem. Behold thy king cometh unto thee. He is just and having salvation lowly and riding upon a donkey." And that's just exactly what happened a week before He was led to the cross and died that cruel death. He came victoriously riding upon the back of a donkey into the city of Jerusalem knowing that very shortly He must give His life upon the cross for your sins and for my sins.
I want to call your attention to Matthew chapter 1, a statement that is made by the angel when he came to Joseph in verses 20-23. That's Matthew chapter 1, verses 20-23. It says, "But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit and she shall bring forth a son and you shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of by the Lord through the prophets saying... This is Isaiah in Isaiah 7, verse 14, "Behold the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall call His name Emmanuel," which is translated "God with us."
If I were to in any way seek to try to prove to this world that Jesus Christ indeed is the son of God, maybe other or maybe more than even the historical proofs that He is the son of God, I would search the scriptures and I would look at what one prophet after another has said about Jesus and how all of those 500 or more phophecies were made concerning Him and I would indeed believe that He was the son of God and we pray that you, my friend, will come to that very same conclusion for upon that will rest your soul's eternity and we pray God's richest blessings upon you as you seek to do that.
(SONG # 3 - "Walking Alone At Eve!")
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How wonderful it is to see Jesus in prophecy. To know that our all knowing God, not only spoke of things to come, but as well brought them all to fruition.