July 30, 2017 PM
Dr. Michael Catt – 1800
#4 in series
Q&A: Parenting on Purpose
Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven?
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I myself, have founded great empires: but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus, alone, founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions would die for Him. . . . I think I understand something of human nature; and I tell you, all these were men; and I am a man: none else is like Him. . . . Jesus Christ was more than a man.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
I. LAYING THE FOUNDATION
II. BUILDING THE CASE
A) His Birth
B) His Life
C) His Deity
D) His Words
In his book, Alex McFarland divides the statements of Jesus into five categories:
1) Jesus claimed He can __ and grant eternal life.
2) Jesus claimed the right to use the __.
3) Jesus claimed He had the authority to __.
4) Jesus claimed to be __.
5) Jesus claimed to have __.
E) His Resurrection
In the Gospel of Matthew, you find undeniable evidence of the resurrection:
1) Jesus claimed to be God. (11:27-30)
2) Jesus predicted His own death and resurrection. (16:21-33; 20:17-19)
3) Jesus died in public – on a cross in plain sight. (27:38-50)
4) There were disruptions in God’s creation during His death and resurrection. (27:51-54)
5) There were eyewitnesses, named by name. (27:55-57)
6) Pilate released a dead body. (27:58-61)
7) The Pharisees insisted that Romans guard the tomb. (27:62-66; 28:11-15)
8) Jesus appeared nine times after the resurrection.
9) The attitude and mindset of the disciples did an about-face. They became bold.
10) Paul’s conversion shows the power of the resurrected Christ. (Acts 9)
“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 accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either 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. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool; you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. We are faced, then, with a frightening alternative. This man we are talking about either was (and is) just what He said, or else a lunatic, or something worse. Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God. God has landed on this enemy occupied world in human form.” – C. S. Lewis
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