This teaching series really came about a couple of years ago when you, the congregation, revealed that you’d like to have a greater understanding of the Bible. We went through the Old Testament. And now we will dive into the New Testament.
The reason the Old Testament was written: Romans 15:4, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”
The New Testament is about the arrival of hope in our world. It is the spiritual apex of our word. Hope will arrive again when Christ returns.
Tim was told to teach something about Jesus’ life and his works. He became overwhelmed with the task of naming just one part of Jesus’ life and works. There’s so much! So, he identified three observations of Jesus:
3 observations from the Bible about the radical nature of the life and works of Jesus
1 – His life did not have an ordinary beginning nor was He an ordinary man
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
When we are talking about the life of Jesus, we are talking about a God-man
The best selling book of all time is one that is kinda difficult to understand. An oxymoron… So John says:
John 1:1-4, 14
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
The Word is a person. That’s why John capitalized it when he wrote.
Jesus was no ordinary man, with no ordinary beginning.
Story: Having a kid
Husband and wife decide to have a kid. Then wife conceives, gives birth. Tim’s first child was 11+ pounds! Second was 10+ pounds! That’s abnormal, but not as abnormal as Mary experienced childbirth.
After reading about Jesus’ birth, that’s not normal! You can’t “get” that. Some people have described this as overseeing some ants who need help. Knowing this, that they need help, you craft a plan to be born of one of the lady ants and…. wait, that sounds ridiculous!
The Virgin Birth is tough to understand. It’s not ordinary.
2 – Most of the works that He did that are recorded for us in the Gospels make sense to the rational mind
In the Gospels, we don’t see the whole process of Jesus growing up. It goes from born, growing up, then to age 30.
Jesus’ first miracle: The wine
The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
Jesus wasn’t quite ready yet. Not ready to let everyone know who he was.
Still, Jesus turned the water into wine.
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Jesus began doing miracles:
Not long after turning water into wine, Jesus tells a Samaritan woman all about her life.
Still, after that Jesus healed a royal official of a terminal disease.
He healed a 38 year paralytic who walked instantly
Feeds over 5,000 people with five small loaves of bread and two fish
Walked on water – Ever tried to walk on water? It doesn’t work! But the Bible says that the disciples saw him walking on the water. You’ve gotta be crazy to believe this stuff!
Heals a man who was born blind
Brings his friend Lazarus back to life after being dead in the tomb for four days
You cannot read through the Gospels without being dumbfounded about the works of Jesus.
3 – The greatest work He performed among us may very well have been the act of dying.
Of all Jesus could do, his greatest act was dying. His followers have celebrated that act from that day. The tool used to kill him (cross) is the most significant spiritual representation we use today.
Why was Jesus’ death his greatest act?
Because it was in dying that Jesus dealt with humanities biggest problem.
We have many problems: Sickness, disease, economic, relational, family, corruption, food, but all of those are not the greatest problem. Jesus came to take away the whole problem.
There are all kinds of hope in this world, but be very careful of placing your hope in something of the world.
Hope is a spiritual thing. If Christ is not the center of a “hope” message then it’s a lie. There is no hope for humanity outside of the Gospel.
Sin entered the world through one man and death, through sin, and in this way death came to all man because one had sinned.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
To repent for sin, there were many sacrifices of animals that were made. God put an end to those sacrifices by offering The Lamb to deal with the world’s greatest problem.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
God freely invites us to accept his gift. Not everyone does.
When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
1 Peter 2:24
He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.
Some may say that the Resurrection was the greatest act. Maybe. But it seems that his miracles came easy. How does He die, for us? That is incredible.
The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
“The Life and Works of Jesus”
Series: Everything New
Orchard Hill Church
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