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December 8, 2019 | God with Us

"What is one thing you wish we could disinvent?"

"What is one invention that you couldn't live without?"

1. "Who is Jesus?"

NAMES OF JESUS

Messiah | Savior | Son of God | Son of Man | Lamb of God | The Word | Light of the Wold | Bread of Life | Lord | Great High Priest | Alpha & Omega | Good Shepherd

JOHN 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

JOHN 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

COLOSSIANS 1:15

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.


COLOSSIANS 1:19

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.

COLOSSIANS 2:9

 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.

JOHN 1:18

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

JOHN 20:30-31

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

2. "How do I know I can trust what you are saying?

"Were they there?"

1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-7a

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

"Do all the accounts match up?"

"How would we know if Jesus was really God?"

JOHN 14:11

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

JOHN'S LIST OF MIRACLES

Water to wine.

Heals official's son.

Heals disabled man at Bethesda.

Feeds 5,000.

Walks on water.

Heals man born blind.

Raises Lazaraus from the dead.

JOHN 12:9

Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.

"Prophecies?"

"Outside Corroboration?"

Josephus-AD 37

Tacitus-AD 115

"Christus, from whom the name (Christian) had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberus at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate... (the movement of Christianity) thus checked for the moment, broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome..."

Thallus-AD 52

"Strange Darkness"

"on the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and the other districts were thrown down..."

3. "So what is the gift?"

JOHN 20:30-31

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

ROMANS 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.