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WHAT JESUS SAID

April 19, 2015

 

Text: “Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who  sent me.” John 14:24

Someone once wrote about John’s Gospel that it was like a pool of water that was shallow enough for a child to wade in and at the same time deep enough for an elephant to swim in.  This account of the life of Christ contains the sweetest simple truths right beside the most profound teachings of Christ. Make it a priority to study this book thoroughly. Then, study it again, and again, and again.

John’s aim in writing this gospel is to prove the divinity of Jesus by recording his teaching (his words) and his works (miracles and healings).  After John writes his much loved introduction in the first chapter, he relates Jesus’ first miracle (turning water into wine) beginning in chapter two as the sign of his transition to his preaching ministry. Proof of Jesus’ divinity begins with his first appearance in public as the anointed “Lamb of God”. So John wrote of his eyewitness account, “I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” John  1:34

But a lot of people over the centuries have questioned the authority of the teachings of Jesus as well as his miracles.  For instance: Luke 20:1-2  “One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and teaching the gospel, the chief priest and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, tell us by what authority you do these things. or who it is that gave you this authority”.   Does your doctor have his med school diploma on his office wall?  Believe me, you want to know if someone is qualified! When the authorities quizzed  this country upstart they wanted to know where he got his theological degree. Jesus had his authority “in spades” and demonstrated it!

Chapters seven and eight of John’s gospel have several instances of Jesus asserting the source of his teaching. Jesus states to a crowd in Jerusalem that many of them don’t have faith in him. John 6:64  So he certifies that he and his Father both are witnesses of his authority. “In your law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one that bears witness about myself , and the Father that sent me bears witness about me.”  John 8:17-18 That is a very strong attestation to the credentials of the Lord’s teaching!  This statement about the necessity of multiple witnesses is a reminder that this is  the requirement of the Mosaic law. (Deuteronomy9:15)  The leadership of the Jewish religious  order should have believed it, but they did not.  How do you feel about believing  all Jesus’ authority?

What about the line of transmission of these teachings of Jesus? How did he come by this revelation? As he was a human being, his challengers did not accept that he communicated back and forth with God in heaven. But Jesus insisted that he was empowered by his Father in heaven and that he was obedient to what God told him. “‘So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them,  “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. I have much to say and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.'” John 8:25-26  The transmission of heavenly authoritative teaching should be sufficient to convince all of Jesus’ credibility.

As we begin to close this article, we first want to remember what Jesus said about the greatest testimony to his person and teaching. “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me”.  John 8:28 He obviously speaks of his death, burial, and resurrection. This statement is perhaps, the greatest witness to all that Jesus spoke and did.

The resurrection of Jesus is the supreme sign of proof of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The empty tomb as found on that first day of the week  is still empty. As the body of Jesus has never  been produced to belie his resurrection of Jesus!  No body, no proof that Jesus did not arise from the dead! The supreme sign of all the words and deeds of Jesus are valid!

Remember this statement from Jesus about himself:  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  Matthew 28:17 

When it comes to believing what Jesus said; it is all or nothing at all.

 

REM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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