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Jesus comes amongst us

  1. 1. Jesus Comes Among Us (25 th Sept. 2011)
  2. 2. <ul><li>Recap of Past Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Prophecies On the Messiah </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of the Incarnation </li></ul><ul><li>Other Expressions of the Incarnation in the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Why the Incarnation? </li></ul>
  3. 4. Recap, Revisit, Recollect…. 1. Introduction to the Bible (21 st August 2011) God’s Word (Promise), Will (Purpose), Way 2. God’s Plan for us begins with Creation (28 th August 2011) Genesis, Good, Godliness (in His image & likeness
  4. 5. 3. God’s Gift - our rejection (4 th September 2011) Revelation, Rejection (Sin), Redemption (Salvation) 4. God’s Plan Unfolds in the Old Testament (11 th Sept 2011) Creation, Covenant, Commandments, Chosen People
  5. 6. <ul><li>5. Priests, Judges, Kings and </li></ul><ul><li>Prophets Prepare the Way </li></ul><ul><li>(18 th Sept 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrifice (Priests), </li></ul><ul><li>Selected Leaders (6 Local </li></ul><ul><li>Judges), </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Leaders (Kings) </li></ul><ul><li>Spokesmen of God (Prophets) </li></ul><ul><li>6. Jesus Comes Among Us </li></ul><ul><li>(25 th September 2011) </li></ul>
  6. 8. JESUS COMES AMONG US The incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Saviour, Messiah, and Redeemer.
  7. 11. The Old Testament : The tumultuous journey of the “ Chosen People”; God’s continuing faithfulness to the Covenant, remaining in their midst all the time; God’s promise of the Messiah.
  8. 12. THE PREDICTIONS OF THE INCARNATION IN THE OT 1. The Place of the Incarnation: Bethlehem in Judah. 3. The Lineage of the Incarnation: The Line of David. 2. The Manner of the Incarnation: A Virgin Birth.
  10. 15. GENESIS 3:15 “ I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.&quot;
  11. 16. 700 YEARS BEFORE HE WAS BORN “ Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The Virgin Herself will be with a Child and give birth to a Son and will call Him Immanuel.&quot; Isaiah 7:14 “ Immanuel” means “ God with Us !”
  12. 17. Where will He be born? <ul><li>But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the LORD, in the majestic name of the LORD, his God; And they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace. </li></ul><ul><li>Micah 5: 1 -4 </li></ul>
  13. 19. How will He appear on earth? <ul><li>He will be divinely conceived and born of a virgin mother (Isa 7:14).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will be adored by the Magi (Isa 60:3,6).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will be linked to the family of Jesse (Isa 11:1).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will be a Galilean (Isa 9:1). </li></ul><ul><li>He will perform miracles such as giving sight to the blind, speech to the dumb, and strength to the lame (Isa 35:5,6, 42:7). </li></ul>
  14. 20. Eternity into Time Divinity into Humanity
  15. 21. What will the Messiah be like?  <ul><li>He will be kingly (Isa 9:6-7, 32:1-3, 42:1-4).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will have wisdom, understanding, power, and knowledge (Isa 11:2).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will come to those who repent of their sins (Isa 59:20). </li></ul><ul><li>He will be preceded by a messenger (Isa 40:3).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will be born as a child (Isa 9:6).  </li></ul>
  16. 22. Who is this Man? Compared to others? Why is He unique?
  17. 23. What did the other great religious teachers and reformers say? <ul><li>Others: “I will help you attain undying life” </li></ul>Others : “I will point out the way” Jesus – “I am the way” Others: I will tell you how to possess truth or how to discover light” Jesus – “ I am the light of the world” Jesus – “I am the life”
  18. 24. All claimed to be signposts pointing towards Heaven <ul><li>Christ : I am the life and the resurrection </li></ul>Socrates : “Wait for another” Jesus : “I am here” Buddha refused to be the lamp to guide the poor dying Ananda, Christ: I am the light of the world” Confucius refused to see himself as the personification of his ideal sinlessness,
  19. 25. Where do they point to? <ul><li>Jesus pointed to himself </li></ul>Socrates: “to wait for some greater teacher who would tell us how we were to conduct ourselves before God” Buddha – “Be a lamp unto yourself and a refuge unto yourself” Confucius- the great reformer of the orient- repeated disclaimed “ How dare I?” rank myself with the sage and the man of perfect virtue They all point to an ideal outside themselves.
  20. 27. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM? <ul><li>He will be rejected by His people (Isa 6:9-10, 8:14, 29:13) and by all nations and peoples (Isa 53:1,3, 65:2). </li></ul><ul><li>He will be persecuted (Isa 49:7).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will be insulted and beaten (Isa 50:6).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will be silent when accused (Isa 53:7).  </li></ul><ul><li>He will be crucified with sinners (Isa 53:12), and buried with the wealthy (Isa 53:9). </li></ul>
  21. 28. A Man who fulfilled 109 major prophesies !
  22. 29. WHO IS THIS MAN? <ul><li>He walked the talk - performed miracles & raised the dead </li></ul><ul><li>Others walked and talked </li></ul><ul><li>He proclaimed to be God </li></ul><ul><li>Others proclaimed wisdom from God </li></ul><ul><li>He forgives sins </li></ul><ul><li>Others sought forgiveness </li></ul><ul><li>He suffered, died, resurrected and ascended into Heaven </li></ul><ul><li>Others died . </li></ul>
  23. 30. THERE IS NONE LIKE HIM ! <ul><li>&quot;O LORD, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears” 1 Chronicles 27:1 </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might.” Jeremiah 10:6 </li></ul>
  24. 32. The Meaning of the Incarnation 1. The Definition of the Incarnation: The word incarnation simply means, &quot;in flesh.&quot; Although the word incarnation does not appear in the Scripture, Its components &quot;in&quot; and &quot;flesh&quot; do.
  25. 33. The Apostle John wrote that the Word became flesh in John 1:14 (1 John 4:2 and 2 John 7. The word incarnation denotes the act whereby the eternal Son of God took upon Himself an additional nature, humanity, through the virgin birth.
  26. 34. The result is that Christ remains forever unblemished deity, which He has had from eternity past; but He also possesses true, sinless humanity in one person forever, the God-Man Christ Jesus (cf. John 1:14; Philippians 2:7-8).
  27. 35. THE NEW TESTAMENT : The Messiah comes! Christ comes among us! An overview of the 4 Gospels – written from the perspective of someone who has encountered the Risen Christ! Focused on his humanity, showing us the face of God
  28. 36. The Incarnation 1. When Mary pronounced her Fiat or YES – the eternal Word of God was made flesh! (Jn. 1:14);
  29. 37. <ul><li>2. The Son of God assumed our human nature to be fully Man, </li></ul><ul><li>one of us. “…but making himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness..” (Ph. 2:7); </li></ul><ul><li>God is with us, the Immanuel, </li></ul><ul><li>like us in all things </li></ul><ul><li>except sin (Heb: 4:15). </li></ul>
  30. 38. 3. The name of “Jesus”, another form of “Joshua” which means “Yahweh gives Salvation”. Christ means “the Anointed One”)
  32. 40. <ul><li>John 1:14, &quot;And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, </li></ul><ul><li>and we beheld His glory, </li></ul><ul><li>glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>John 3:13, &quot;And no one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, </li></ul><ul><li>{even} the Son of Man.” </li></ul>
  33. 41. <ul><li>John 3:17, &quot;For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved </li></ul><ul><li>through Him.“ </li></ul><ul><li>John 6:51, &quot;I am the living bread that came down out of heaven...” </li></ul>
  34. 42. Romans 1:3, &quot;concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh.&quot; (KJV -made of the seed of David) Galatians 4:4, &quot;But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman...&quot;
  35. 43. 1 Timothy 1:15. &quot;It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost {of all.}”
  36. 44. 1 Timothy 3:16, &quot;And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.”
  37. 45. Hebrews 2:9, &quot;But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, {namely,} Jesus...&quot; Hebrews 2:14, &quot;Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same...&quot; Hebrews 2:17, &quot;Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.&quot;
  39. 47. THE PURPOSES OF THE INCARNATION Why did God send us His Son? What are the purposes for the incarnation?   1. To Fulfill the promises of God Romans 15:8, &quot;For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers.&quot;
  40. 48. 2. To Reveal God directly to mankind John 1:18, &quot;No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.&quot; 3. To Provide an effective sacrifice for sin 1 John 3:5, &quot;And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.&quot;
  41. 49. 4. To Provide an example for our lives 1 Peter 2:21, &quot;For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.&quot; 1 John 2:6, &quot;the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.&quot;
  42. 50. 5. To Function as the ultimate High Priest Heb. 2:17-18, &quot;Therefore, He ad to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in tings pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.&quot; 6. To Subjugate all to Himself 1 Corinthians 15:25, &quot;For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.&quot; (Cf. Ephesians 1:9-10)
  43. 51. <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>So that we might know God’s love; </li></ul><ul><li>So that we might learn to live with Jesus Christ as our model; </li></ul><ul><li>So that we might long for </li></ul><ul><li>the eternal life with Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>So that we might be reconciled </li></ul><ul><li>with the Father. </li></ul>
  44. 52. THE BIRTH NARRATIVES Read Luke Chapter 1 & 2 at home