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 • Historical references other than the bible describe Jesus as a ‘wonderworker’. • c) His Life & Works (Ministry & Miracles) • Historical references other than the bible describe Jesus as a ‘wonderworker’.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