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The Jesus of Eternity

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Christos, Harvest Youth

John 1:1-5
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(2) He was with God in the beginning.
(3) All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
(4) Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.
(5) That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

We have been in this Christos series now for 5 weeks. We talked about the Jesus of Prophesy, the Jesus of Calvary, and the best witnesses for Jesus, but now we are going to talk about the JESUS OF ETERNITY.

Do you know that Jesus has always existed? He is not a created being, as some people say, but He is an eternal being without a beginning or an end.

This is crucial in our understanding of Jesus Christ. Believe me, if you miss this one thing, multiple heresies and misconceptions can and probably will creep into your life.

Jesus testified to this while He was here on earth multiple times.
John 8:48- Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Before Abraham was, I am.

John also describes this to us in John 1 as we have already read; “He was with God in the beginning.”

And again in 1 John 1

1 John 1:1-2
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life-that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us-

But why is it so important that we have the right Jesus? What exactly do we mean by the wrong Jesus?

Many organizations make up an idea that Jesus was somehow a created being. One way or another, God must have created another god, because the Trinity cannot be true to them. They deny the power of the Godhead and they make up another Jesus.

But the Christian that interprets the Bible correctly knows that Jesus has always existed and will always exist.

In Revelations Jesus is referred to as the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last.

Jesus is also worshipped by the living creatures in Revelation 4 when they say, “Holy, holy, holy, 
Lord God, the Almighty, 
who was, who is, and who is coming.”

He was before time, and always was.
He is existing now seated at the right hand of the Father.
He is coming back to earth one day to take His church from this sinful world!
This is the Jesus we praise and worship, The Jesus of eternity.
He’s not walking the hillside in a robe, constrained by time and place.
He is everywhere at every moment in all time and always will be there!
He is speaking and will continue to speak.
He will not be shut up!

And this is how he speaks to us now.

Heb 1:2-3
Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by [His] Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word

the word radiance literally means: The actual reality of the exact character of God Himself.

The God of eternity, came down in human form, so that we could understand Him.

He did this because He wants to know you, and because He loves you.

Jesus is the God of eternity; let no one tell you otherwise.

God bless,

Dan Fogarty.

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The Jesus of Calvary

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Christos, Harvest Youth

It’s amazing how good God is. I planned this series out 2 months in advance, and I did not even take Easter into the equation, yet as we come up to Easter Sunday, here I am talking about Calvary. Praise God.

You do know that Jesus was crucified right? Who believes that to be true?
We have to believe that, because all of Christianity hangs on that.
No other religion has a God who would die for them.

The Muslims reject Jesus as God, because to them God would never humble Himself like Jesus did.
Their god Allah would never die on a cross, he is not a servant; he is a ruler that will not humble himself.
Allah would never take human form because it is to degrading to his godly status.
Muslims do not understand Christians, because to them Jesus was just a prophet.
Allah would never die on a cross, because the cross was the most degrading form of death.
Everyone saw you hanging there on that cross.
You were a spectacle for the people, and an example of what would happen if you defied the rulers.

Remember when we say Lord Liar or Lunatic?
Well Muslims pick d, none of the above.
They say he was a prophet of Allah and not God.
They say Christians are stupid for thinking a prophet is God.

But Jesus said He was God did He not?

Remember when the Jews were gong to stone Him in John 10? Because he called himself God? Clearly He at least thought He was God, and we now know that He is God incarnate (in the flesh) John 1:14

Lets take a look at another Old Testament Prophesy about the Cross of Calvary shall we.

David lived around 1000 years before Jesus Christ, yet he prophesied about Jesus in several Psalms, one of which being Psalm 22, the Calvary Psalm.

Once again, this is 1000+ years before the birth of Christ, and it is an extremely accurate account of the crucifixion.
So accurate, that when read, most people assume it is in the New Testament, or somehow added in later as a forgery. But there is no evidence of a forgery.
Do you remember the Dead Sea Scrolls?
They were found in a cave that was sealed at least as early as 100 BC, that is 100 years before Christ.
Well they contain the Psalms of David among the writings, proving that what I am about to share with you was wrote before Jesus lived.

Furthermore, Crucifixion was not ever a form of torture/capital punishment until the 6th century BC. SO David prophesied about an event that was going to take place, before the method described existed! How cool is that!
Ps 22:1, 7-8, 16-18
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? 
[Why are You] so far from my deliverance 
and from my words of groaning? (Fulfilled in Matt 27:46)
Everyone who sees me mocks me; 
they sneer and shake their heads: “He relies on the Lord; 
let Him rescue him; 
let the Lord deliver him, 
since He takes pleasure in him.” (Fulfilled in Matt 37-43)
For dogs have surrounded me; 
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; 
they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; 
people look and stare at me. (Fulfilled in Matt 37-43)
They divided my garments among themselves, 
and they cast lots for my clothing. (Fulfilled in Matt 27:35)

Matthew 27:46, 37-43, 35
(46) About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ” ” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
(37-43) Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing:
THIS IS JESUS
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said, “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now-if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.'”
(35)After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots.

David’s Psalm sounds a lot like the death of Jesus Christ does it not? How awesome is that!

Why did Jesus have to die on a cross in the first place?

It’s called the great exchange. He died once (and rose) to pay for all of our sin.
And we can go to the cross now, accept Jesus as Lord one time, and His shed blood, His perfect, sinless blood pays the price for all of our sin for all time.
The great exchange, oh how great.

Jesus died a worse death then probably all of us will die.

He was tortured before he picked up the cross for hours.
They used to use whips with pieces of bone and glass that would grab the skin upon hitting it.
They would whip you with it, and that would hurt, but then they would rip the whip off and tear your flesh along with it.
Jesus was whipped so many times, so badly, that He could not even carry His own cross all the way. A man named Simon carried it for Him, and then they placed Him on it.

If you have never thought about how horrible being crucified really is, you would never reject such a wonderful gift.
Jesus was our substitute, so that through His death, we might have life!

Rom 5:18
So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

No other name pisses so many people off than the name of Jesus Christ.

For example, Tim Tebow, a now famous NFL quarterback (who is not exactly the greatest quarterback in the world, yet still manages to win football games) talks about Jesus all the time… so much that his own teammates tell him to tone it down. Tone it down… really?

Have you ever read the lips of an NFL player after they do something good? Or something bad? It usually looks like they are saying FU*& or SH^% or DA%$ or some other swear word over and over and over.

But that’s ok… lets just get Tim to stop talking about Jesus… We want him to tone it down, but trying to get the team to tone the cussing, forget it.

It’s ridiculous. If he were talking about Muhammad or Buddha or any other religious figure they would not give a rip, but the name of Jesus offends people, and they don’t want to hear it.

Why do you think that is?

There are multiple answers to that question, but most of the people who don’t want to hear about Jesus have not taken the 3 L’s quiz. They have not decided if Jesus is Lord, Liar or Lunatic (and He can only be one of those three).

If they had, they would say it.

They would say, “Stop talking about Jesus, he was mentally disturbed,” or “Jesus was a liar, I don’t want to hear about a liar.”

Instead, most people sound pretty… stupid.

The usual response I get is, “Jesus was a good man, I just don’t want to hear about Him.”

Let me tell you, that the ones, who do not want to hear about Him, cannot even tell you why they do not want to hear about Him.

If I want to talk about cars, trucks, motorcycles, beer, women, you name it, I will be welcomed with open arms.

I can drink beer with my military buddies every day, and no one is ever going to say, “hey quite talking about beer will ya.”

No one ever says that. No one ever says, “Hey stop talking about hot girls,” or sex, or anything else.

We understand earthly things, but not heavenly things.

When we start to talk about something that we do not understand, that is when we are confused, and usually refuse to hear or talk about it.

That’s where we are with Jesus Christ (or where many people are).

Lord, Liar or Lunatic, those are your choices with Jesus Christ.

1) Jesus is Lord

No one ever spoke like Jesus Christ.

Take the example from Matthew on the issue of forgiving sins.

Matthew 9:1-7
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own town. Just then some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the scribes said among themselves, “He’s blaspheming!”
 But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts? For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”-then He told the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your mat, and go home.” And he got up and went home.

C.S. Lewis said, “a man who says something like this (if He is not God) is so preposterous it is actually comic. Surely a man can forgive someone who sins against him personally, you tread on my toes I forgive you and so forth… but what do we make of a man who forgives the sins that are done to other men? (i.e. I forgive you for wronging Tommy, ext)… Asinine fatuity is the only way to explain this if the person forgiving the sins is not God.”

Asinine fatuity by the way is not a curse word, it means something really, really, really, really stupid!

Jesus said He could forgive Sins? He is either telling the truth, or lying.

Which brings us to option number 2…

2) Liar

Was Jesus lying when He said He could forgive sins?

Was Jesus lying when He claimed to be God?

John 10:24-33
Then the Jews surrounded Him and asked, “How long are You going to keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
 “I did tell you and you don’t believe,” Jesus answered them. “The works that I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you don’t believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish-ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” Again the Jews picked up rocks to stone Him. Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. Which of these works are you stoning Me for?” “We aren’t stoning You for a good work,” the Jews answered, “but for blasphemy, because You-being a man-make Yourself God.”

Some of you have maybe heard that Jesus never said He was God, but that is not true. This is just one of the times He either calls Himself God, or lets others call Him God and does not rebuke them.

Jesus tells the Jews that He is the Messiah, and then He calls Himself God! Do you believe Him? Or do you think He was a Liar?

He certainly is not a good man if He is telling people He is God and He is not…

Do you think a good man leads millions and billions of people to follow a lie? How good could He be?

Does a good man tell people that He is the only way to Heaven when He is not? John 14:6 I am the way, truth, and life, no one comes to the Father except through me… Would a good man say this?

HES NOT GOOD IF HES NOT GOD! He’s a horrible sinner, or a devil if He is not God.

So He is either telling the truth, or He is lying. Do you think that He is lying?

3) Lunatic

The only escape for Jesus if He is not God is that He must have been crazy. Only a lunatic would tell people He could forgive sins when He could not… Only a lunatic would claim to be God and not be God…

It is possible for someone to be sincere and also wrong, so maybe Jesus just thought He was God.

Some have suggested that possibly Jesus was a schizophrenic, someone who wants to escape the reality of the world. They say that Jesus could have been under the impression that He was God and did not realize He was not because Jesus wanted to escape reality.

But there is a problem with that…

Jesus gave the most profound sermons on earth. 2000 years later, we base our calendar on the death of Jesus Christ. He was able to keep a small following, have conversations with religious leaders, and so on.

Somewhere along the line, someone would have stopped and said, “this man is obviously crazy, lets go home.”

But no one did that did they?

Jesus never gave any indication that He was a crazy person. He answered confidently and didn’t flinch.

A man who acted the way that Jesus did could not have been a crazed man.

So you must make your decision.

He is either Lord (yours or someone else’s), Liar or Lunatic.

But we must not say that He was a good man, or a prophet, or just a carpenter, because He has not left that option open for us.

The most important choice of your eternity is the answer to the question: who is Jesus Christ to you?

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.