Faith To Believe That Jesus Is God
by Jeremy Brummel
Hebrews 11:1 Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see. (NIrv)
Bottom Line: When I believe who Jesus is, I’ll live with God forever. Principle from Upward Sports
Last time we focused on faith in what Christ had done, specifically focusing on some of the miracles that He did in the book of John. Today we will focus on who Jesus is.
My students will tell you that I love the word IS. These are two simple letters that carry a BIG stick in the Bible. You might say, why is that the case?
Ok so here is the deal with it. Is, speaks of something that is definite, or the definition of something/someone. Typically refers to something as fact.
For example: God IS good. The word IS, is declaring as fact that God is good, or God=Good. In fact the very essence of good comes from God Himself. But that is another topic for another time.
So who is Jesus?
Let’s us look briefly at history.
There was a famous Jewish historian named Josephus who wrote a lot of the history that we know of from the first and second century. One thing to note about Josephus was that he was not a Christian. This is important because it will give more credibility to what he says.
“At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus, and his conduct was good, and he was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon their loyalty to him. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive. Accordingly they believed he was the Messiah, concerning who the prophets have recounted wonders.” (18.3.3 Arabic 10th C. Version)
There are several important things that this proves…
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