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Christ in the Psalms Part II

Today’s lesson continues a series Jesus In All of the Bible by teacher Brian Lindman

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“Did Jesus really claim to be God? If so, how can it help me?” John 10:22-42

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Outline
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[b]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’[c]? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41 and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.

I.  Mere Christianity

II.  Jesus’ Claims

  A.  In John

     1.  John’s  claim  1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

     2.  Jesus prior public claims 8:58-59

58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

     3.  Jesus prior private claims  4:26, 9:35-37

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

  B.  Jesus response to the question

  “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly”

     1.  One Essence with the Father

          – summed up in 10:30

30 I and the Father are one.”

     2.  Works that show who I am 10:25,32

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 

 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

          – they do not dispute the works 10:33

33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

     3.  How much more argument from Ps 82:2 (34-37)

“How long will you[a] defend the unjust
    and show partiality to the wicked?

34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’[a]? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.

         – Rabbinic thinking of how much more so

      4. From His life  36b-39

Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

         – do people see His life in us?

  C.  Their understanding of Jesus claim—vs 31, 33

31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him,

33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

 

III.  What does this mean for me?

  1.  We see God through Him

     Jn 1:14,  Col 2:9,  Heb 1:1-3

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

  2.  We have forgiveness of sins through Him

     Romans 8:1-4

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

  3.  We have overcome death because of Him

     John 14:1-3

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

   4.  We have help in all circumstances because of Him

      for God has become a man and has walked here Heb 4:15

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

      for God has given us his Spirit Jn 16:7

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

      for God will help us not in avoiding valleys but going

        through them.  Romans 8

   5.  We now have an advocate with God 1 Jn 2:1

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

 

Safe in His Hands

We live in a world that is not safe. Not just a hurricane or a car accident. We see it at our schools where most now have a uniformed police officer on site. But his hands are safe! Jesus says, “no one is able to snatch you out of my hand”. (John 10:28) This does not mean that we will not experience travails in life. But it does mean that even in the midst of them we are still safe in His hand. Today or this week if life makes you feel unsafe, rushed and tossed. Stop and tell yourself, I am in His hands. (devotion this week from Pastor Bryan)

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Christ in the Psalms

Today’s lesson continues a series Jesus In All of the Bible by teacher Brian Lindman

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Safe In His Hands – John 10:27-30

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27 
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no onewill snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

 

HIS HANDS ARE

SECURE HANDS

    2 Cor 5:1  Not made of human hands, eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

  – Jn 10:28 

28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

      – “I give”  as in something secured not to be returned

      – “no one shall snatch”

      – Ultimately we prove our faith out (Jn 15:8)

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

LOVING PARENTAL HANDS  Hosea 11:1-8

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
    the more they went away from me.[a]
They sacrificed to the Baals
    and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
    it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
    a little child to the cheek,
    and I bent down to feed them.

“Will they not return to Egypt
    and will not Assyria rule over them
    because they refuse to repent?
A sword will flash in their cities;
    it will devour their false prophets
    and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn from me.
    Even though they call me God Most High,
    I will by no means exalt them.

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
    How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
    all my compassion is aroused.

   – In Humans we see both Good and Poor parent models

   – In God we see the Perfect parent model

      – When to show:  Grace, discipline, Blessing, not to enable.

        In God we see— Blesses Good behavior

                                   Never enables bad behavior

 

CREATIVE HANDS  Gen 2:7,  Ps 103:14,  Rom 9:20-21

Then the Lord God formed a man[a] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

14 for he knows how we are formed,    he remembers that we are dust.

20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”[a] 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

    Because he is the maker

        He Knows us intimately

        He has a purpose for us

        We can trust his purpose for us. 

 

OUTSTRETCHED HANDS

For those who cannot see Jn 9:6-7

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

For the outcast  Mk 1:40-42

40 A man with leprosy[a] came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

41 Jesus was indignant.[b] He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

For those with Faith Mt 9:18, 25

18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”

25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

For those without Faith Mt 14:31

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

WOUNDED HANDS    Ps 22:16 Jn 20:25

16 Dogs surround me,

    a pack of villains encircles me;

    they pierce[a] my hands and my feet.

25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

    Love does and true love costs

 

 

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