17. The Messiah is Jesus
1. WHAT STARTLING MESSAGE DID AN ANGEL GIVE TO MARY?
1MJ Luke 1:26-38 Mary’s son would:
2. WHAT REMARKABLE CLAIMS DID JESUS MAKE ABOUT HIMSELF?
2MJJohn 5:16-27 Facts about Jesus:
• Worked jointly with the Father.
• Able to raise the dead.
• Judges all men.
• Honored equally with the Father.
• Gives eternal life to the faithful.
• Has life within Himself.
3. HOW DID JESUS REACT WHEN THOMAS CALLED HIM "GOD", AND WORSHIPED HIM?
3MJJohn 20:24-29 Jesus accepted Thomas’ worship, and blessed himand all who believed without seeing him.
4. WHO DID PAUL SAY ACTUALLY LED ANCIENT ISRAEL THROUGH THE WILDERNESS?
4MJ 1 Cor. 10:1-4Jesus led Israel through the wilderness.
5. WHAT INTERESTING NAME DID THE BEING WHO CREATED THE WORLD HAVE?
5MJJohn 1:1-4 The "Word" created the world, and He was the author of life.
6. WHO WAS THIS "WORD"?
6MJJohn 1:10-14 The "Word" is the One and Only from the Father. When we compare this with John 3:16, we discover that the "One and Only" is our SaviorJesus
7. WHAT REMARKABLE THINGS DID PAUL SAY ABOUT JESUS?
7MJCol. 1:13-20 Jesus:
• Created all things.
• Was before all things.
• Keeps all things alive.
• Reconciled all things to God.
8. HOW DOES GOD THE FATHER WANT US TO RELATE TO JESUS?
8MJ John 6:28, 29God requires us to believe on Jesus.
9. WHAT CAN JESUS DO FOR US?
9MJJohn 6:35 Jesus fills our every need.
• Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs
according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
The following poems help to put everything about Jesus into perspective.
THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING
by Roy Shigley
(From Youth’s Instructor, c. 1959)
He made man.
It's a pleasant evening in the Garden with the
The Creator is resting against a tree trunk and
Evening is enclosing created and Creator now, and He
So there's a lot more at stake here than merely giving His life to save mankind. That's important in God's eyes, because He loves us. But He loves us as free people! He would rather die than to take that freedom away.
God doesn't want a universe filled with robots, doing what He wants them to do because they have no choice in the matter. If He'd have destroyed the earth because of man's sin, then all the universe would have taken note that "we'd better not sin, or God will zap us too!" The inhabitants of the vast star systems would have become merely androids, unwilling to make choices on their own.
But God wanted free-will love, and that could only be possible if he made the universe safe from the arch-enemy of free willSatan.
Every person born on this planet had become an enemy of God because Satan made it impossible for them to decide to serve God. Because of their hostility toward their Creator, God would have eventually been forced to destroy them in order to prevent the virus of sin from spreading to the entire universe. Sin leads to death, and God didn't want that to happen to any of His precious people.
So, rather than destroy mankind for their sins, God took upon Himself the penalty for sindeath. And in dying, God made it possible for us to choose to love and serve Him willingly, rather than to die for our own sins.
That's why Roy Shigley felt stirred in his soul to pen the words I've reproduced above. And that's why I wrote the words of the free-verse poem I've included below.
by Thurman C. Petty, Jr.
Berrien Springs, Michigan, 1959
Myriads of gigantic suns
Splendor beyond description,
One tiny world proudly boasts,
But that God,