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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Divinity of Christ Sermon

Today I preached at the local Interfaith Apartments, and gave the first of a series about the divinity of Jesus Christ. Here are the notes, and the video in two parts of the sermon.

Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Doctor Benjamin Rush dated April 21, 1803 from Washington D.C.- "I am a Christian, in the only sense he (Jesus) wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other."

C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity pg 55-56 - "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't acept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would rather be a lunatic - on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell."

Part 1: Jesus Claimed to Be Equal with God using OT references to God.

1. "I Am" (Yahweh/Jehovah) - Exodus 3:14 compare with John 8:21-58, Mark 14:62, John 18:5-8

2. "First and Last" - Isa. 42:8 compare with John 1:1, John 17:5 and Revelation 1:17
3. "Good Shepherd" - Psalm 23:1, Ezekiel 34:11 compare with John 10:11, Matt  25:32 and Matthew 26:31
4. "Judge" - Joel 3:21 and Deut 32:35 compare with Matthew 25:31 and John 5:27
5. "Bridegroom" - Isa. 62:5 and Hosea 2:16 compare to Matt 9:15, 25:1-10, Mark 2:19, Luke 5:34 and John 3:29
6. "The Lord is Light" - Psalm 27:1 compare to John 8:12

I only covered the first point in today's sermon.

God bless,


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