100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #52 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE — John 8:51-59
Most people agree that Jesus Christ was a historical figure. Most people agree that Jesus Christ was a good, moral man. Most people agree that Jesus was a great religious teacher. And most people even agree that if you follow Jesus’ teachings, you will live a better, happier life. But that is about where most people stop.
Many people are not willing to say that Jesus Christ is God. They are not willing to say that Jesus Christ is divine. Josh McDowell said, “Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.”
Today, I want to show you that, not only was Jesus a great teacher, not only did Jesus teach us about God, but Jesus Himself claimed to be God. For that is where the rubber meets the road. If Jesus Christ is not God, then He is of no more consequence than other religious, moral, or philosophical teachers. He would rank no higher than Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Muhammad, Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama. But if Jesus is who He says He is then that is a situation that we all must deal with.
1. First of all, I want us to look at Jesus’ claims of divinity.
2. The second thing I want you to notice is that Jesus acted in the stead of God.
3. The third thing I want us to notice is that the testimony of other Bible writers back up Jesus’ claims that He is God.
+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Come Fill My Heart” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”