Why Salvation? Eph 6:12 " For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Colossians 1:13-15 “ He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation”
Who promised Salvation? John 3:36 "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life...." John 10:28 " I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand."
John 11:225-26 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Almost Half the World Knows Him <ul><li>2.1 billion Christians people believe that He is God; </li></ul><ul><li>1.3 billion muslims believe He was a Great Prophet and a Messenger from God; </li></ul>WHO IS THIS MAN?
Men & Women Consecrated their life <ul><li>Diocesan & Religious Priests – 405,450 </li></ul><ul><li>Deacons – 32,524 </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Brothers – 54,620 </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Sisters -776,269 </li></ul>Total of 1,267,863 Clergy & Religious consecrated their lives to serve the Lord Total :More than 10,000 Saints & Beati Countless Martyrs
In the first books of the Bible, over 300 such predictions about the "Messiah" or "Savior" can be found. Twentieth-century archaeological discoveries of hundreds of ancient Old Testament manuscripts have proven without a doubt that these prophecies were indeed written centuries before Jesus was born. The following are only a few of them:
BORN TO A VIRGIN In 750 B.C., the prophet Isaiah made the following prediction: "The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son" (Isaiah 7:14).
BIRTHPLACE A full 700 years before Jesus' birth, the prophet Micah foretold the exact town where the Messiah would be born: "You, Bethlehem, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2).
What did the Quran say? O Mariam, Allah gives you good tidings of `a Word from Him' whose name shall be the Messiah , Isa, the son of Mariam, highly honoured in this world and the next; and he shall be one of those brought near `to Allah” (Sura The House of Imran 3:45).
The Annals of the Celestial Empire In the 24 th year of Tchao Wang of the Dynasty of the Tcheou, on the 8 th day of the 4 th moon, a light appeared in the south-west which illumined the king’s palace. The monarch, struck by it’s splendor, interrogated the sages. They showed him books in which this prodigy signified the appearance of the great Saint of the west whose religion was to be introduced into their country.
BETRAYAL In 487 B.C., the prophet Zechariah wrote: "Then I said to them, 'If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.' So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them. ’ " Zechariah 11:12-13.
CRUCIFIXION Another outstanding prophecy regarding the Messiah was made by Israel's King David around the year 1000 B.C. In his prophecy, David gave details of a cruel and agonizing death which he himself never suffered: "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it has melted within me... Dogs have surrounded me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed me. They pierced my hands and my feet... They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." (Psalm 22:14-18).
HIS BURIAL "And He made His GRAVE with the WICKED , and with the RICH in His DEATH ." FULFILMENT: JESUS DIED AS A WICKED MAN IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD , as there were "two THIEVES CRUCIFIED WITH HIM." (Mt.27:38) And after His DEATH "A RICH MAN ... named Joseph ... went to Pilate, and begged the BODY OF JESUS . ... And when Joseph had taken the body, he ... LAID IT IN HIS OWN NEW TOMB "-- (Mt.27:57-60) (Isa.53:9) PROPHECY:
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>
Who do you say I am? Jesus said to them: “Most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:59 From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that “I AM”. John 13:19
Who do you say I am? "Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is His Name?' Then what shall I tell them?" "God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'" Exodus 3:13-14
" I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
“ I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.“ John 8:12 " I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live.” John 11:25
" I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.“ John 6:51
" I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
“ I am the gate for the sheep,” John 10.7 “ I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9
" I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11 " I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,” John 10:14
“ I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.” John 15:5
HE IS NOT OF THIS WORLD- HE IS DIVINE ! Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm .” John 18:36 And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. John 8:23 "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. ” John 17:14
Who is this Man? Compared to others? Why is He unique?
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” : John 14:6 Others: I will tell you how to possess truth or how to discover light” Jesus – “ I am the light of the world” “ John 8:12 Jesus – “I am the life”
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,
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.
Evil Spirit recognised & acknowledged Him Mark 3:11 -And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of God." Luke 4:41 -And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah Luke 8:28 -When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him; in a loud voice he shouted, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!"
HE WALKED THE TALK – HE PERFORMED MIRACLES <ul><li>Matt: 15:30-31 </li></ul><ul><li>Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute , and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>He Raised the Dead ! </li></ul>
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>
THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN THIS? Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. John 15:13-14
Sins Unforgiveness Lost Poverty Deception War Greed Pride
"The greatest sin of our generation is that it has lost all sense of sin." (Pope Pius XII )
<ul><li>CCC 2116 : </li></ul><ul><li>All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future. Consulting horoscopes , astrology , palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone. </li></ul>
<ul><li>And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, </li></ul><ul><li>"WHO IS THIS MAN? .. EVEN THE WINDS AND WATERS OBEY HIM?” </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 8:26-27 </li></ul>
<ul><li>"WHO IS THIS MAN? .. EVEN THE "FENG" AND "SHUI" OBEY HIM?” </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 8:26-27 </li></ul>
My people are destroyed, for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6
CONSEQUENCES OF SEPARATION <ul><li>"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." </li></ul><ul><li>(Isaiah 59:2) </li></ul><ul><li>"The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous." </li></ul><ul><li>(Proverbs 15:29) </li></ul><ul><li> "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16) </li></ul>
<ul><li>SEPARATION </li></ul><ul><li>"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. (John 15:6) </li></ul><ul><li>RECONCILIATION </li></ul><ul><li>"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. (John 15:4) </li></ul><ul><li>COMMUNION </li></ul><ul><li>"And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." (1 John 3:22) </li></ul>
Sanctifying FORTITUDE COUNSEL PIETY FEAR OF THE LORD KNOWLEDGE UNDER STANDING WISDOM 7 GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Isaiah 11:1-10 Gifts
<ul><li>“ So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, </li></ul><ul><li>work out your salvation </li></ul><ul><li>with fear and trembling . </li></ul><ul><li>Phil 2:12 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord" shall enter the kingdom of heaven’ </li></ul><ul><li>(Matt. 7:21)." </li></ul>IS SALVATION ASSURED?
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day" (2 Tim. 4:7-8)
“ SEEK YEE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU.” Matthew 6:33 MISSION
“ when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the LORD”. Jeremiah 29:13-14
THE GREAT FIAT "Let it be done to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38)