“Jesus Said”        Adapted from a Michael Wiley sermonhttp://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonI                 D=1...
Author Steven Scott said, ―If Jesus is whoHe claimed to be, then everything He said      must be fully, absolutely true!‖I...
The fact that we even have them sayssomething. His personal ministry only lasted3 years. He was betrayed by a Disciple who...
As far as we know, He wrote nothing down,except one time in the sand, and we don’t   know what He wrote. We received His  ...
John ends his account of Jesus life by saying, There are many other things thatJesus did. If every one of them were writte...
In them, we find not just a man Jesus, wefind The Christ, God the Son, our Redeemer   & Lord. Christianity is more than si...
His words bring Freedom.  John 8:31NET Then Jesus said to those   Judeans who had believed him, "If you  continue to follo...
Jesus is separating the crowd here. He is not pitting believers against non-believers, He’s separating people who say they...
Don’t forget, ―If Jesus is who He claimed to be, then everything He said must be fully,                absolutely true!‖  ...
His words help us weather the storms of life.    There is a great story in the books of  Mathew & Luke (6:47-49) that kids...
25 The rain fell, the flood came, and thewinds beat against that house, but it did not  collapse because it had been found...
28 When Jesus finished saying these  things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, 29 because he taught them likeone who...
It withstood the storms of life.The foolish man built his house on his ownwisdom or the world’s philosophers, and in times...
Let’s let Napoleon Bonaparte answer this.  "The Bible contains a complete series of  acts and of historical men to explain...
Even the impious themselves have never  dared to deny the sublimity of the Gospel,       which inspires them with a sort o...
He proposes to our faith a series ofmysteries and commands with authority that  we should believe them, giving no otherrea...
"I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ     is not a man. Superficial minds see a     resemblance between Christ and...
Napoleon expressed the following thoughts   while he was exiled on the rock of St. Helena. There, the conqueror of civiliz...
"Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar,  Charlemagne and I myself have founded   great empires; but upon what did ...
Jesus Christ was more than a man. . . . I    have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would h...
Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the   mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers o...
He asks for the human heart; He will have it     entirely to Himself. He demands itunconditionally; and forthwith His dema...
This phenomenon is unaccountable; it is    altogether beyond the scope of mans creative powers. Time, the great destroyer,...
Whatever else one may say in response, it   is difficult to explain this away as mere eloquence. In fact, it was to counte...
God’s Glory          “Jesus Said”
John 11:32 NET Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him,she fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if...
They replied, "Lord, come and see." 35  Jesus wept. 36 Thus the people who had  come to mourn said, "Look how much heloved...
39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone."Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied,"Lord, by this time the body will have a ...
42 I knew that you always listen to me, but Isaid this for the sake of the crowd standingaround here, that they may believ...
I want to focus on what’s stated in verse 40.John 11:40 NET Jesus responded, "Didnt I tell you that if you believe, you wo...
In the Bible, Old and New Testaments, gloryis usually seen in God’s Presence, Honor, or                    Power.  God’s G...
Once the tabernacle was built we find God’s   glory above the Ark of the Covenant.     Then again in Solomon’s Temple. The...
What was Jesus actually saying to Martha?John 11:40 NET Jesus responded, "Didnt I tell you that if you believe, you would ...
The first aspect of God’s glory I want to pointout is that Jesus said: ―His glory comes from             God, Is God’s glo...
The Second Aspect of God’s Glory comes            from what Jesus said in:John 15:1 NET "I am the true vine and my  Father...
4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you.Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself,unless it remains in the vine, so ...
6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; andsuch branches are gathered up and thro...
A branch cannot bear fruit by itself.   Verse three (You are clean) reminds us    Jesus is really talking about ―us‖ the  ...
Real fruitfulness is only determined over an    extended period of time. "Genuine conversion is not measured by the hasty ...
It is impossible to stay in God’s will apart                 from His word.    2 Timothy 3:16 NET Every scripture isinspir...
Psalms 119:9 NIV How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to                  your word.                ...
Galatians 5:16 NET But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desiresof the flesh. 17 For the flesh has ...
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the      flesh are obvious: sexual imm...
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,    peace, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-...
Did you notice the fruit we should bear byremaining connected to the vine, Jesus,       when we live by the Spirit? 22 But...
How do we live by the Spirit? Do we go  around somber all day, in a trance?  Doth we continually speak hence in a ―Shakesp...
live by Thayer Definition:1) to walk     1a) to make one’s way, progress; tomake due use of opportunities     1b) Hebrew f...
Guzik says in his commentary: Walk is a common picture of traveling the "road of life" and making progress upon it.   How ...
What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?  First, it means that the Holy Spirit lives in    you. Second, it means to be ope...
Third, He influences us through an inner   direction that we become more sensitive to, and respond to better, as we mature...
"Life by the Spirit is neither legalism norlicense - nor a middle way between them. It  is a life of faith and love that i...
Everything we need to live by the Spirit iscontained in God’s Word, The Bible. 2 Peter 1:2 NET May grace and peace be lavi...
4 Through these things he has bestowed on   us his precious and most magnificent  promises, so that by means of what waspr...
We are willing to try almost anything except  the knowledge of Him. We will trust in the   schemes and plans of men instea...
The Greek word knowledge doesnt refer toa casual acquaintance. It means an exact,   complete, and thorough knowledge.Stron...
How do we come to knowledge of Him? It  comes as we learn of Him through His  Word, through prayer, and through the commun...
Who called us: This knowledge of God   comes to those who are called. It is knowledge, but it is not mere intellectual    ...
Set times of prayer. Go to Him in need. Go to Him in thanks. Pray at all times in the                     Spirit.        S...
That is the ―habitual acknowledgment of His        love and presence within us.  You feel God is not present in your life....
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  1. 1. “Jesus Said” Adapted from a Michael Wiley sermonhttp://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonI D=130958&Page=1
  2. 2. Author Steven Scott said, ―If Jesus is whoHe claimed to be, then everything He said must be fully, absolutely true!‖I think it was Josh McDowell who first said, ―Jesus is either Lord, Liar, or Lunatic.‖
  3. 3. The fact that we even have them sayssomething. His personal ministry only lasted3 years. He was betrayed by a Disciple who thought he was innocent, convicted ontrumped up charges. He was then crucified on a cross between two convicted felons.
  4. 4. As far as we know, He wrote nothing down,except one time in the sand, and we don’t know what He wrote. We received His words from His followers, whom were scattered during His death, but changed their tune after he walked from His grave.
  5. 5. John ends his account of Jesus life by saying, There are many other things thatJesus did. If every one of them were writtendown, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25 NET
  6. 6. In them, we find not just a man Jesus, wefind The Christ, God the Son, our Redeemer & Lord. Christianity is more than simply following words of a great teacher. Christianity is about experiencing that teacher so much it changes our whole being. Our lives change so we begin to imitate, resemble, act like Jesus. As we study His words may we all find Jesus so real and awe inspiring we conform to Him more than ever before.
  7. 7. His words bring Freedom. John 8:31NET Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, "If you continue to follow my teaching, you arereally my disciples 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
  8. 8. Jesus is separating the crowd here. He is not pitting believers against non-believers, He’s separating people who say they are a follower of Christ, but do not prove it byaction with those who’s life shows they are a Christian. We can’t really say it nicely or politically correct.Jesus is also pointing out that His teaching is Truth.
  9. 9. Don’t forget, ―If Jesus is who He claimed to be, then everything He said must be fully, absolutely true!‖ Knowing the truth will set you free. ―The truth will set you free‖ is a pretty popular quote. Jesus is not saying any truth will set you free, although some truthful things may bring us a bit of liberation. He’s is saying,―My truth will set you free from the power of sin and death.‖
  10. 10. His words help us weather the storms of life. There is a great story in the books of Mathew & Luke (6:47-49) that kids learn in Sunday school early on. Matthew 7:24 NET "Everyone who hearsthese words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.
  11. 11. 25 The rain fell, the flood came, and thewinds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like afoolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!"
  12. 12. 28 When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, 29 because he taught them likeone who had authority, not like their experts in the law. Note in the story, both men hear the same words. Both have the same opportunity to build their house on a firm foundation.But only one, the wise man, did. His house (not unlike the foolish man’s house in appearance) was built on the teachings of Christ.
  13. 13. It withstood the storms of life.The foolish man built his house on his ownwisdom or the world’s philosophers, and in times of storm his house crumbled to the ground. 24 "Everyone who hears these words ofmine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.
  14. 14. Let’s let Napoleon Bonaparte answer this. "The Bible contains a complete series of acts and of historical men to explain timeand eternity, such as no other religion has to offer. If it is not the true religion, one is veryexcusable in being deceived; for everythingin it is grand and worthy of God. The more Iconsider the Gospel, the more I am assured that there is nothing there which is not beyond the march of events and above the human mind.
  15. 15. Even the impious themselves have never dared to deny the sublimity of the Gospel, which inspires them with a sort of compulsory veneration. What happinessthat Book procures for those who believe it!" …In every other existence but that of Christ how many imperfections! From the first day to the last He is the same; majestic and simple; infinitely firm and infinitely gentle.
  16. 16. He proposes to our faith a series ofmysteries and commands with authority that we should believe them, giving no otherreason than those tremendous words, I am God.
  17. 17. "I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity...
  18. 18. Napoleon expressed the following thoughts while he was exiled on the rock of St. Helena. There, the conqueror of civilizedEurope had time to reflect on the measure of his accomplishments. He called CountMontholon to his side and asked him, "Can you tell me who Jesus Christ was?" The count declined to respond. Napoleon countered:
  19. 19. "Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Uponforce. Jesus alone founded His empire uponlove, and to this very day millions will die for Him…I think I understand something of human nature; and I tell you, all these weremen, and I am a man; none else is like Him:
  20. 20. Jesus Christ was more than a man. . . . I have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would havedied for me…but to do this it was necessary that I should be visibly present with theelectric influence of my looks, my words, of my voice. When I saw men and spoke to them, I lightened up the flame of self- devotion in their hearts…
  21. 21. Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers of time and space. Across a chasm of eighteen hundred years, Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy; He asks for that which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of hischildren, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother.
  22. 22. He asks for the human heart; He will have it entirely to Himself. He demands itunconditionally; and forthwith His demand isgranted. Wonderful! In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powersand faculties, becomes an annexation to theempire of Christ. All who sincerely believe in Him, experience that remarkable, supernatural love toward Him.
  23. 23. This phenomenon is unaccountable; it is altogether beyond the scope of mans creative powers. Time, the great destroyer,is powerless to extinguish this sacred flame;time can neither exhaust its strength nor put a limit to its range. This is it, which strikesme most; I have often thought of it. This it is which proves to me quite convincingly the Divinity of Jesus Christ."
  24. 24. Whatever else one may say in response, it is difficult to explain this away as mere eloquence. In fact, it was to counter mere eloquence and such artificial power that Napoleon said what he did. With unbelievable insight, he saw how JesusChrist conquered. It was not by force, but by winning the heart.
  25. 25. God’s Glory “Jesus Said”
  26. 26. John 11:32 NET Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him,she fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the people who had comewith her weeping, he was intensely moved in spirit and greatly distressed. 34 He asked, "Where have you laid him?"
  27. 27. They replied, "Lord, come and see." 35 Jesus wept. 36 Thus the people who had come to mourn said, "Look how much heloved him!" 37 But some of them said, "This is the man who caused the blind man to see! Couldnt he have done something to keep Lazarus from dying?" 38 Jesus, intensely moved again, came to the tomb.(Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.)
  28. 28. 39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone."Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied,"Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, because he has been buried fourdays." 40 Jesus responded, "Didnt I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?" 41 So they took away the stone. Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you that you have listened to me.
  29. 29. 42 I knew that you always listen to me, but Isaid this for the sake of the crowd standingaround here, that they may believe that you sent me." 43 When he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips ofcloth, and a cloth wrapped around his face. Jesus said to them, "Unwrap him and let him go."
  30. 30. I want to focus on what’s stated in verse 40.John 11:40 NET Jesus responded, "Didnt I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?"
  31. 31. In the Bible, Old and New Testaments, gloryis usually seen in God’s Presence, Honor, or Power. God’s Glory was revealed to the Israelites as He provided for them (His Power) and went with them in the cloud by day and fire by night (His Presence). Psalm 19:1 NIV The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
  32. 32. Once the tabernacle was built we find God’s glory above the Ark of the Covenant. Then again in Solomon’s Temple. The New Testament continues the story of the Glory of God as His Presence, Honor, and Power.His Glory is Manifest in Jesus Christ – This brings us back to our story.
  33. 33. What was Jesus actually saying to Martha?John 11:40 NET Jesus responded, "Didnt I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?"―You’re going to see God’s glory IN ME as I raise Lazarus from the dead. In the New Testament Jesus repeatedly pointed to the father for all He has, His Glory, Honor, Power, teaching…
  34. 34. The first aspect of God’s glory I want to pointout is that Jesus said: ―His glory comes from God, Is God’s glory.‖ Jesus constantly points to God. When you pray, ―Our Father in Heaven.‖ In John 17 Jesus says, in his prayer to the father that everything he has, Everything He gave toHis followers, it all came from God. God had entrusted His glory and teaching to Christ, and Christ has entrusted it to us.
  35. 35. The Second Aspect of God’s Glory comes from what Jesus said in:John 15:1 NET "I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. 2 He takes awayevery branch that does not bear fruit in me.He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 3 You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you.
  36. 36. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you.Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself,unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me — and I in him — bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.
  37. 37. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; andsuch branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be donefor you. 8 My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples.
  38. 38. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself. Verse three (You are clean) reminds us Jesus is really talking about ―us‖ the branches. Verse eight gives us the second aspect of God’s glory I want to point out.8 My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples. God’s honored in US…by the fruit we produce!
  39. 39. Real fruitfulness is only determined over an extended period of time. "Genuine conversion is not measured by the hasty decision but by long-range fruitfulness." (Erdman)The purpose of fruit-bearing is to bring glory to God, not man. If people look at our life and praise us for the glorious fruit, something is wrong. The whole purpose is to glorify God. (Guzik)
  40. 40. It is impossible to stay in God’s will apart from His word. 2 Timothy 3:16 NET Every scripture isinspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training inrighteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.
  41. 41. Psalms 119:9 NIV How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. --- Pray it --- --- Meditate on it --- Allow God to speak through it. Other books are great, but let Scripture interpret ScriptureOver time God’s word will become ―who you are.‖ Your decisions, your actions. Your life will be filled with His grace.
  42. 42. Galatians 5:16 NET But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desiresof the flesh. 17 For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires that are opposed to the flesh, forthese are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want.
  43. 43. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts ofanger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!
  44. 44. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ have crucifiedthe flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, being jealous of one another.
  45. 45. Did you notice the fruit we should bear byremaining connected to the vine, Jesus, when we live by the Spirit? 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23a gentleness, and self- control.
  46. 46. How do we live by the Spirit? Do we go around somber all day, in a trance? Doth we continually speak hence in a ―Shakespearian,‖ ―King James,‖ dialect? Do we need to break out speaking intongues every now & then, laying hands on people all the time? Just how do we live by the Spirit?
  47. 47. live by Thayer Definition:1) to walk 1a) to make one’s way, progress; tomake due use of opportunities 1b) Hebrew for, to live 1b1) to regulate one’s life 1b2) to conduct one’s self 1b3) to pass one’s lifeStrongs: to tread all around, that is, walk atlarge (especially as proof of ability);figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (asa companion or votary):
  48. 48. Guzik says in his commentary: Walk is a common picture of traveling the "road of life" and making progress upon it. How are you progressing in life? Also,many people have a distinct walk, and canbe identified by the way they walk. So, howdo you walk? What can others tell by your walk? It should be a walk in the Spirit.
  49. 49. What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? First, it means that the Holy Spirit lives in you. Second, it means to be open and sensitive to the influence of the Holy Spirit. Third, it means to pattern your life after the influence of the Holy Spirit. How does the Holy Spirit influence our life? First, He reveals His will to us through the message of the Bible. Second, Heinfluences us through others who walk in the Spirit.
  50. 50. Third, He influences us through an inner direction that we become more sensitive to, and respond to better, as we mature in Jesus. How can you tell if someone walks in the Spirit? They look a lot like Jesus! Jesus told us that the mission of the Holy Spirit would be to promote and speak of Him (John 14:16- 17, 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-15). Whensomeone walks in the Spirit, they listen to whatthe Holy Spirit says as He guides us in the path and nature of Jesus.
  51. 51. "Life by the Spirit is neither legalism norlicense - nor a middle way between them. It is a life of faith and love that is above all of these false ways." (Boice) Are our lives, our walk, identifying us as belonging to Christ? Living according to what The Spirit inspired Godly men to writein the books of The Bible will identify you as one of God’s chosen to live throughout eternity with Him in Heaven.
  52. 52. Everything we need to live by the Spirit iscontained in God’s Word, The Bible. 2 Peter 1:2 NET May grace and peace be lavishedon you as you grow in the rich knowledge ofGod and of Jesus our Lord! 3 I can pray thisbecause his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life andgodliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.
  53. 53. 4 Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what waspromised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire.
  54. 54. We are willing to try almost anything except the knowledge of Him. We will trust in the schemes and plans of men instead of the knowledge of Him. We will try knowingourselves instead of the knowledge of Him. We need to come to the same place theApostle Paul did, when he said, My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, andto be like him in his death, Philippians 3:10 NET
  55. 55. The Greek word knowledge doesnt refer toa casual acquaintance. It means an exact, complete, and thorough knowledge.Strongs: recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement:Thayer Definition: 1) precise and correctknowledge 1a) used in the NT of theknowledge of things ethical and divine
  56. 56. How do we come to knowledge of Him? It comes as we learn of Him through His Word, through prayer, and through the community of Gods people. It is true thatwe need God alone, but God does not meet us only in our "aloneness" but also in the community of His people.
  57. 57. Who called us: This knowledge of God comes to those who are called. It is knowledge, but it is not mere intellectual understanding or intuition. It is theknowledge that comes by experience - the experience Gods people have of God Himself.As well, the word knowledge here doesnt speak of a casual knowing. It means anexact, complete, and thorough knowledge. (Guzik)
  58. 58. Set times of prayer. Go to Him in need. Go to Him in thanks. Pray at all times in the Spirit. Start off the day with prayer.Allow the day to be permeated with Prayer. End with prayer Practice Conversational Prayer A – Adoration C – Confession T – Thanksgiving S – Supplication
  59. 59. That is the ―habitual acknowledgment of His love and presence within us. You feel God is not present in your life. Do you long for His glory? Honor His word, continue in prayer John 11:40 NET Jesus responded, "Didnt Itell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?"

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