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					The Uniqueness of Jesus
Acts 3: 12-18 ; 4: 8-13
Jesus is unique in His claims -
         2 in particular:
  Jesus is unique in His claims -
           2 in particular:
1. He claimed to be the only way to God (not
one of many!)
John 14:6 : “ I am the way, the truth and the
life. No one comes to the Father except
through Me.”
2. He claimed to be God

Directly   -   e.g John 10:30-33

Indirectly     -   Forgiving peoples sins
unilaterally       (Mark 2: 5-11)
               -   Receiving worship from
                   His followers (John 20:28)
These claims set Jesus Christ apart from all
other religious leaders in history!
         3 Logical Possibilities:
• Liar     -   Claims were untrue and he
               knew it
         3 Logical Possibilities:
• Liar     -   Claims were untrue and he
               knew it

• Lunatic -    Claims were untrue and He
               didn’t know it
         3 Logical Possibilities:
• Liar     -   Claims were untrue and he
               knew it

• Lunatic -    Claims were untrue and He
               didn’t know it

• Lord     -   Claims were & are true
What factual evidence is there to back up
Jesus’ unique claims?

Evidence that is logically consistent,
historically accurate & non contradictory.
Look at 3 main areas which will
 also highlight other facets of
        His uniqueness!
Look at 3 main areas which will
 also highlight other facets of
        His uniqueness!
1. His Supernatural Life & Works
1. His Supernatural Life & Works
a) Jesus is unique in His fulfilment of Old
Testament Prophecy ( Acts 3:18)

> 300 prophecies spoken over 500years
including 29 in one single day!
1. His Supernatural Life & Works
a) Jesus is unique in His fulfilment of Old
Testament Prophecy ( Acts 3:18)

> 300 prophecies spoken over 500years
including 29 in one single day!

b) Jesus was unique in His miraculous
conception (Matthew 1:20-23; Luke 1:30-35)

Recorded accurately by a down to earth tax
collector & a doctor!
 Ravi Zacharias comments : “Even the
Koran attests to Jesus’ virgin birth and
credits Him with the unique power to
  raise the dead, a most interesting
 notation often forgotten by muslims
             themselves.”
• c) His Life & Works (Ministry & Miracles)

• Being with Jesus – following Him was a thrilling
  & incredible ride!

• He lived a naturally supernatural life – miracles
  were evident wherever He went.

• Historical references other than the bible
  describe Jesus as a ‘wonderworker’.
• c) His Life & Works (Ministry & Miracles)

• Historical references other than the bible describe
  Jesus as a ‘wonderworker’.

• Josephus (Jewish historian born in AD 37) says : ‘
  Now there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man,
  if it be lawful to call Him a man, for He was a doer
  of wonderful works.’

• Flowed from a heart of Love & Compassion
  towards all – particularly to the infirm, the outcast,
  the oppressed & the broken.
2. His Superlative Character &
  Teaching
 2. His Superlative Character &
    Teaching
Luke 23: Three Striking testimonies of people from
different walks of life :

“ I find no basis for a charge against this man!”
(Pilate – The Roman Governor)

“ Certainly this was a righteous man!” (A battle
hardened Roman Centurion)

“ This man has done nothing wrong.” ( A Thief on
the cross next to Jesus)
• Jesus was totally pure / holy yet totally
  approachable!
• Utterly kind yet direct towards the
  hypocrite!
• Full of Joy yet never at someone’s expense!
• In the face of brutality, humiliation &
  ridicule He forgave His enemies
  unreservedly.
• A man of TOTAL INTEGRITY & MORAL
  PURITY – He walked what He talked.
• His teaching is widely acknowledged as the
  greatest ever in history.

• In 2000 years no one has ever improved on
  the moral teaching of Jesus Christ.

• He is unique in His sinless character &
  incomparable teaching
3. His Sacrificial Death & Supreme
Resurrection
 3. His Sacrificial Death & Supreme
 Resurrection
a) His Sacrificial Death

• Jesus is unique in His achievement on the cross!
  ( Acts 4:12)

• Jesus alone is the Saviour of the world – no other
  religion claims to have a saviour!

• On the cross He saves us from our fundamental
  problem – SIN!
• He breaks down the PARTITION of sin – peace
  with God
• He delivers us from the addictive POWER of sin
  – brings freedom
• He cleanses us from the POLLUTION of sin –
  cleanses us of guilt
• He cleanses us from the POLLUTION of sin –
  cleanses us of guilt
• He takes all the PUNISHMENT for our sin –
  saves us from judgement we deserve.
• He gives us a full & free PARDON for our sins –
  He forgives us totally
• He saves us from the PENALTY of sin – eternal
  separation from God (Hell)
In exchange for our sin He freely gives us
His perfect righteousness! Wow!!

“ If we confess our sins He is faithful &
just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us
from all unrighteousness” ( 1John 1:9)
b) His Supreme Resurrection
(Acts 3:15; 4:10)
    b) His Supreme Resurrection
    (Acts 3:15; 4:10)
• The greatest event in history!

• Compelling Evidence for the resurrection of Jesus
  Christ:

•   His absence from the tomb!
•   His appearance to > 500 followers over 40 days
•   The Immediate Effect – Acts & beyond!
•   Experience of countless millions of all cultures
    through history
• Buddha, Hindu gurus of history, Mohammad
  – all dead & buried.


• Jesus Christ is knowable because He
  is ALIVE!
When we look at the evidence we see
Jesus Christ was unique in every way
    When we look at the evidence we see
    Jesus Christ was unique in every way

• from His complete deity to His perfect humanity
• from His fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy to
  His miraculous life
• from His sinless character to His incomparable
  teaching
• from His death as Saviour to His triumphant
  resurrection as Lord
And all these truths hold together in a
logically consistent, historically accurate
and non – contradictory way.
• How do you respond to Jesus Christ NOW?

• Are you totally surrendered & sold out To Him?

• Can you say with Thomas : “My Lord & My
  God!”

• In your work place do others recognise that you
  have been with Jesus? !

• Are you ablaze with the flame of His Spirit to
  make Him known in Edinburgh?

				
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