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Introduction Paraphrasing   C.S.   Lewis   in   his   book   Mere   Christianity ,   based   upon   the   words   Jesus   spoke   and   who   He   claimed   to be,   Jesus   Christ   was   either   a   lunatic   or   the   Son   of   God.      This   is   a   very   bold   and   provocative   statement.      But   when you   think   about   it…C.S.   Lewis   was   right:   it   is   one   or   the   other.      There’s   no   middle-of-the-road   statement   such   as “Well, he was simply a prophet, or a good teacher, or a godly man.”  The   timeless   words   Jesus   Christ   spoke   (approximately   2,000   years   ago…and   to   this   day)   will   pierce   the   heart   and soul.      What’s   more,   His   words   will   cause   one   to   experience   changes   in   their   life…or   will   cause   one   to   create   internal protective walls to deflect truth. What’s   more,   His   works   and   resurrection   validated   His   words   and   divine   appointment.      As   such,   each   person   must make   a   decision:   Is   Jesus   Christ   the   Son   of   God,   the   Messiah,   the   Anointed   One,   and   Lord—or   was   he   a   fraud?     Making   a   choice   is   not   an   option;   it   was   not   His   intent;   and   each   person’s   decision   has   life-changing   eternal consequences. Therefore, it is prudent to take a deeper look about what was foretold about Him (messianic prophecies), what He said and what He did. Messianic Prophecies Messianic    prophecies    are    predictions    in    the    Old    Testament    regarding    the    Messiah:    God’s    promised    King    and Anointed   One   who   would   save   and   deliver   the   Jewish   nation.         Messianic   prophecies   were   recorded   during   a   1,000- year   period   before   Jesus   Christ   was   born.      Some   Bible   scholars   suggest   there   are   more   than   300   prophetic scriptures regarding the Messiah in the Old Testament.  Forty-four are listed below. However,   there   is   a   very   important   point   to   consider   as   you   read   the   prophecies.      Peter   Stoner   approached   messianic prophesy   from   a   very   unique   perspective   in   his   book   Science   Speaks   (1958   Moody   Press).      Peter   stoner   was Chairman   of   the   Departments   of   Mathematics   and   Astronomy   at   Pasadena   City   College;   Chairman   of   the   science division,    Westmont    College;    Professor    Emeritus    of    Science,    Westmont    College;    and    Professor    Emeritus    of Mathematics and Astronomy, Pasadena City College. Peter   Stoner   applied   a   mathematical   analysis   of   messianic   prophecies   based   upon   probabilities   of   occurrence.      His findings   were   astounding.      He   selected   eight   of   the   best-known   prophecies   about   the   Messiah   and   calculated   the odds of fulfillment by one person as being 1 in 1017, or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000, or 1 in 100 quadrillion. Peter    used    an    interesting    analogy    to    enhance    our    understanding.        The    probability    of    occurrence    with    eight prophecies—fulfilled   by   one   person—is   the   same   as   covering   the   state   of   Texas   2   ft.   deep   in   silver   dollars;   writing   a check   mark   on   one   silver   dollar;   hiding   it   somewhere   in   the   vastness   of   Texas;   then   blindfolding   a   person   and   asking them to find the marked silver dollar…and they find it their first try.  Source: http://sciencespeaks.dstoner.net/Christ_of_Prophecy.html#c9 The   8   messianic   prophecies   used   by   Peter   Stoner   in   his   probability   analysis   are   highlighted   in   bold   red .   When   you consider     the     chance     of     all     44     prophecies     being     fulfilled     by     one     person…the     probability     is     beyond incomprehensible…and to the point where only God exists. Click on scripture references to read on BibleGateway.com . Jesus Christ said: You   search   the   Scriptures,   for   in   them   you   think   you   have   eternal   life;   and   these   are   they   which   testify   of   Me.      John 5:39   Then   He   said   to   them,   “These   are   the   words   which   I   spoke   to   you   while   I   was   still   with   you,   that   all   things   must   be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  Luke 24:44 His Declarative Words Then   Jesus   cried   out   and   said,   “He   who   believes   in   Me,   believes   not   in   Me   but   in   Him   who   sent   Me.   And   he   who   sees Me   sees   Him   who   sent   Me.   I   have   come   as   a   light   into   the   world,   that   whoever   believes   in   Me   should   not   abide   in darkness.   And   if   anyone   hears   My   words   and   does   not   believe,   I   do   not   judge   him;   for   I   did   not   come   to   judge   the world   but   to   save   the   world.   He   who   rejects   Me,   and   does   not   receive   My   words,   has   that   which   judges   him—the word   that   I   have   spoken   will   judge   him   in   the   last   day.   For   I   have   not   spoken   on   My   own   authority;   but   the   Father   who sent   Me   gave   Me   a   command,   what   I   should   say   and   what   I   should   speak.   And   I   know   that   His   command   is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”  John 12:44-50 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6 These   are   life-changing   radical   words!      These   are   not   words   from   a   prophet!      These   are   not   words   from   a   good teacher!  These are not words from a “godly” man!  Jesus Christ said: Whoever believes in Him is equivalent to believing in God. To see Him is the same as seeing God. He came to save the world. Those who believe in Him will not live in darkness. Those who do not believe in Him will be judged by the words He has spoken. The words that He speaks are from God…and not Him. He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is Life. He is the only way to reach God. Jesus Christ also said: I and my Father are one.  John 10:30 Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.  John 8:58 Based upon His two declarations above and His revelation below, Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. Jesus   said   to   him,   "Have   I   been   with   you   so   long,   and   yet   you   have   not   known   Me,   Philip?   He   who   has   seen   Me   has seen   the   Father;   so   how   can   you   say,   'Show   us   the   Father'?   Do   you   not   believe   that   I   am   in   the   Father,   and   the Father   in   Me?   The   words   that   I   speak   to   you   I   do   not   speak   on   My   own   authority;   but   the   Father   who   dwells   in   Me does the works.  John 14:9-10 However,   due   to   human   nature…words   alone   are   insufficient   proof.      Anyone   can   make   similar   messianic   claims; have throughout the ages; and will during the last days.  Humans require a demonstration of divine power as proof. Miracles of Jesus Believe   Me   that   I   am   in   the   Father   and   the   Father   in   Me,   or   else   believe   Me   for   the   sake   of   the   works   themselves.     John 14:11 Click on scripture references to read on BibleGateway.com .  As conclusive proof of His deity He: Thirty-seven   miracles   are   recorded   in   the   four   Gospels.      The   closing   words   of   John’s   Gospel   say   the   following:   This   is the   disciple   who   testifies   of   these   things   and   wrote   these   things;   and   we   know   that   his   testimony   is   true.   And   there are   also   many   other   things   that   Jesus   did,   which   if   they   were   written   one   by   one,   I   suppose   that   even   the   world   itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.  John 21:24-25 Jesus and the Jewish Leaders Throughout   time,   man   has   a   tendency   to   digress   to   religious   forms   based   upon   legalistic   works—which   creates   a yoke   of   slavery   to   whatever   rules   have   been   defined,   will   harden   the   heart,   and   will   solidify   sin   in   the   soul.      For   those who   attain   the   human-defined   standards   of   religious   behavior,   they   will   receive   their   earthly   reward   in   the   form   of social   recognition   and   respect.      However,   on   the   inside   they   will   be   full   of   pride,   self-importance,   and   arrogance.      This scenario   defines   the   overall   darkened   spiritual   state   of   Jewish   leaders   during   the   time   and   ministry   of   Jesus.      The Pharisees, the scribes and the Sadducees had driven Judaism far from God’s desire for His people. God   holds   those   who   attain   leadership   in   the   body   to   a   higher   standard.   Those   who   are   called   should   become   a   living representative   of   His   nature;   and   not   a   mirror   of   the   darkened   world.      This   is   why   Jesus   confronted   and   rebuked   the Jewish   leaders.      Their   pseudo   self-aggrandized   wisdom   was   illuminated   from   darkness   by   the   words   of   Jesus—for the power of God’s grace abolishes religious attitudes and practices. For   example,   Jesus   entered   the   temple   and   expressed   God’s   displeasure   in   the   misuse   of   religious   authority   for personal   gain   (greed).      He   drove   out   all   who   bought   and   sold   in   the   temple,   overturned   the   tables   of   the   money changers,   and   declared   “My   house   shall   be   called   a   house   of   prayer,   but   you   have   made   it   a   den   of   thieves.” (Matthew   21:13)   What’s   more,   even   when   He   began   to   heal   the   blind   and   the   lame   who   came   to   him   in   the   temple, the chief priests and scribes were indignant as to what He was doing. The   words   spoken   by   Jesus,   His   miracles,   and   His   demonstrated   displeasure   with   Jewish   leaders   created   deep animosity   and   chaotic   disruption   among   the   controlling   religious   elite;   who   misinterpreted   the   Messiah   prophesied   in the   Old   Testament:   The   Anointed   King.      They   were   looking   for   someone   who   would   defeat   their   enemies;   and   not   a perfect   sacrificial   lamb   who   would   cover   their   sins.      They   wanted   great   and   miraculous   signs;   and   not   a   humble servant;   who’s   wondrous   miracles   were   disapproved   and   discounted   by   their   deceptive   lies.      They   wanted   a   person who   would   take   a   position   of   absolute   power;   and   not   someone   who   would   associate   with   those   who   were   considered socially   repulsive   and   sinners.      Their   perception   was   based   upon   the   physical   realm,   and   not   the   spiritual   realm.     They   missed   the   point   of   the   law   thinking   strict   adherence   equated   to   salvation.      But   in   reality,   their   self-centered behavior   did   nothing   but   deepen   their   sin   and   harden   their   hearts.      As   such,   they   became   willing   vessels   for   Satan   to fulfill   his   darkened,   clueless   and   oblivious   desires—and   yet,   a   means   to   fulfill   prophesy—for   it   was   God’s   plan   for   His Son to die on the cross—exactly as it occurred almost 2,000 years ago. Jesus of Nazareth Jesus    of    Nazareth     is    a    1977    miniseries    that    wonderfully    depicts    the    life,    ministry,    crucifixion,    an d resurrection   of   Jesus   Christ.         This   9-minute   segment   demonstrates   Christ’s   passion   for   the   lost;   his disdain   for   the   religious   leaders   who   don’t   think   they   are   lost;   and   the   power   of   His   words.      Click   on   the graphic to view the video. Jesus Declared He Would Die and Rise Again Regardless   of   the   radical   nature   of   what   He   said   and   every   miracle   he   performed…there   was   one   proclamation   He made   that   transcends   everything   ever   said   by   every   person   throughout   all   time:   He   said   He   would   die   and   rise   from the   dead.      The   fulfillment   of   His   promise   affirms   His   deity…but   much   more…it   gives   all   who   have   accepted   Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord hope in His promise we will be in His presence after we die. “Let   not   your   heart   be   troubled;   you   believe   in   God,   believe   also   in   Me.   In   My   Father’s   house   are   many   mansions;   if   it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  John 14:1-2 Three times Jesus warned His disciples of His pending suffering, death and resurrection. From   that   time   Jesus   began   to   show   to   His   disciples   that   He   must   go   to   Jerusalem,   and   suffer   many   things   from   the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.  Matthew 16:21 Now   while   they   were   staying   in   Galilee,   Jesus   said   to   them,   “The   Son   of   Man   is   about   to   be   betrayed   into   the   hands of   men,   and   they   will   kill   Him,   and   the   third   day   He   will   be   raised   up.”   And   they   were   exceedingly   sorrowful.      Matthew 17:22-23 Now   Jesus,   going   up   to   Jerusalem,   took   the   twelve   disciples   aside   on   the   road   and   said   to   them,   “Behold,   we   are going   up   to   Jerusalem,   and   the   Son   of   Man   will   be   betrayed   to   the   chief   priests   and   to   the   scribes;   and   they   will condemn   Him   to   death,   and   deliver   Him   to   the   Gentiles   to   mock   and   to   scourge   and   to   crucify.   And   the   third   day   He will rise again.”  Matthew 20:17-19 After Jesus cast out the money changers from the Temple, He declared His resurrection to the world. “What   sign   do   You   show   to   us,   since   You   do   these   things?”   Jesus   answered   and   said   to   them,   “Destroy   this   temple, and   in   three   days   I   will   raise   it   up.”   Then   the   Jews   said,   “It   has   taken   forty-six   years   to   build   this   temple,   and   will   You raise   it   up   in   three   days?”   But   He   was   speaking   of   the   temple   of   His   body.   Therefore,   when   He   had   risen   from   the dead,   His   disciples   remembered   that   He   had   said   this   to   them;   and   they   believed   the   Scripture   and   the   word   which Jesus had said.  John 2:18-22 Jesus Stated the Temple Would Be Destroyed Then   Jesus   went   out   and   departed   from   the   temple,   and   His   disciples   came   up   to   show   Him   the   buildings   of   the temple.   And   Jesus   said   to   them,   “Do   you   not   see   all   these   things?   Assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   not   one   stone   shall   be   left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1-2; Luke 21:5-6 The Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and has not been rebuilt to this day. Jesus Tried and Condemned for His Words And   those   who   had   laid   hold   of   Jesus   led   Him   away   to   Caiaphas   the   high   priest,   where   the   scribes   and   the   elders were assembled. Now   the   chief   priests,   the   elders,   and   all   the   council   sought   false   testimony   against   Jesus   to   put   Him   to   death,   but found   none.   Even   though   many   false   witnesses   came   forward,   they   found   none.   But   at   last   two   false   witnesses   came forward   and   said,   “This   fellow   said,   ‘I   am   able   to   destroy   the   temple   of   God   and   to   build   it   in   three   days.’”   And   the   high priest   arose   and   said   to   Him,   “Do   You   answer   nothing?   What   is   it   these   men   testify   against   You?”   But   Jesus   kept silent.   And   the   high   priest   answered   and   said   to   Him,   “I   put   You   under   oath   by   the   living   God:   Tell   us   if   You   are   the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus   said   to   him,   “It   is   as   you   said.   Nevertheless,   I   say   to   you,   hereafter   you   will   see   the   Son   of   Man   sitting   at   the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then   the   high   priest   tore   his   clothes,   saying,   “He   has   spoken   blasphemy!   What   further   need   do   we   have   of witnesses?   Look,   now   you   have   heard   His   blasphemy!   What   do   you   think?”   They   answered   and   said,   “He   is deserving of death.”  Matthew 26:57, 59-66 The Death of Jesus Christ Jesus    Christ    willingly    (and    obediently)    gave    his    life    as    the    perfect    and    complete    sacrifice    for    sin—to    all    who believe—including Jew and Gentile (Christians). He   who   does   not   love   does   not   know   God,   for   God   is   love.   In   this   the   love   of   God   was   manifested   toward   us,   that God   has   sent   His   only   begotten   Son   into   the   world,   that   we   might   live   through   Him.   In   this   is   love,   not   that   we   loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.   1 John 4:8-10 Jesus   said   “As   the   Father   knows   Me,   even   so   I   know   the   Father;   and   I   lay   down   My   life   for   the   sheep.   And   other sheep   I   have   which   are   not   of   this   fold;   them   also   I   must   bring,   and   they   will   hear   My   voice;   and   there   will   be   one   flock and   one   shepherd.   Therefore,   My   Father   loves   Me,   because   I   lay   down   My   life   that   I   may   take   it   again.   No   one   takes it   from   Me,   but   I   lay   it   down   of   Myself.   I   have   power   to   lay   it   down,   and   I   have   power   to   take   it   again.   This   command   I have received from My Father.”  John 10:15-18 The Resurrection of Jesus Christ The   resurrection   of   Jesus   from   the   dead   was   confirmed   by   the   testimony   of   Mary,   Peter,   the   other   Apostles,   and more   than   five   hundred   people   at   one   time.      The   majority   of   these   witnesses   were   violently   killed   for   the   Gospel   of Jesus   Christ   and   their   testimony—and   none   recanted—though   doing   so   would   have   spared   their   lives.      (Click   here   to read Fox’s Book of Martyrs for more information.) To   whom   He   also   presented   Himself   alive   after   His   suffering   by   many   infallible   proofs,   being   seen   by   them   during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.  Acts 1:3 For   I   delivered   to   you   first   of   all   that   which   I   also   received:   that   Christ   died   for   our   sins   according   to   the   Scriptures, and   that   He   was   buried,   and   that   He   rose   again   the   third   day   according   to   the   Scriptures,   and   that   He   was   seen   by Cephas,   then   by   the   twelve.   After   that   He   was   seen   by   over   five   hundred   brethren   at   once,   of   whom   the   greater   part remain   to   the   present,   but   some   have   fallen   asleep.   After   that   He   was   seen   by   James,   then   by   all   the   apostles.   Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.  1 Corinthians 15:3-8 The Return of Jesus Christ God’s   promise   to   the   Jews—His   chosen   people—will   be   fulfilled.      Jesus   Christ—the   Messiah   and   The   Anointed King—will   complete   the   messianic   prophecies   in   the   Old   Testament.      The   King   of   kings   and   Lord   of   lords   will   lead   the armies    of    heaven    into    battle    and    will    destroy    all    enemies    of    the    Jews    by    the    absolute    power    of    His    spoken word—including the beast, the false prophet, and those who worshiped the beast and accepted his mark. Now   I   saw   heaven   opened,   and   behold,   a   white   horse.   And   He   who   sat   on   him   was   called   Faithful   and   True,   and   in righteousness   He   judges   and   makes   war.   His   eyes   were   like   a   flame   of   fire,   and   on   His   head   were   many   crowns.   He had   a   name   written   that   no   one   knew   except   Himself.   He   was   clothed   with   a   robe   dipped   in   blood,   and   His   name   is called   The   Word   of   God.   And   the   armies   in   heaven,   clothed   in   fine   linen,   white   and   clean,   followed   Him   on   white horses.   Now   out   of   His   mouth   goes   a   sharp   sword,   that   with   it   He   should   strike   the   nations.   And   He   Himself   will   rule them   with   a   rod   of   iron.   He   Himself   treads   the   winepress   of   the   fierceness   and   wrath   of   Almighty   God.   And   He   has   on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Then   I   saw   an   angel   standing   in   the   sun;   and   he   cried   with   a   loud   voice,   saying   to   all   the   birds   that   fly   in   the   midst   of heaven,   “Come   and   gather   together   for   the   supper   of   the   great   God,   that   you   may   eat   the   flesh   of   kings,   the   flesh   of captains,   the   flesh   of   mighty   men,   the   flesh   of   horses   and   of   those   who   sit   on   them,   and   the   flesh   of   all   people,   free and slave, both small and great.” And   I   saw   the   beast,   the   kings   of   the   earth,   and   their   armies,   gathered   together   to   make   war   against   Him   who   sat   on the   horse   and   against   His   army.   Then   the   beast   was   captured,   and   with   him   the   false   prophet   who   worked   signs   in his   presence,   by   which   he   deceived   those   who   received   the   mark   of   the   beast   and   those   who   worshiped   his   image. These   two   were   cast   alive   into   the   lake   of   fire   burning   with   brimstone.   And   the   rest   were   killed   with   the   sword   which proceeded   from   the   mouth   of   Him   who   sat   on   the   horse.   And   all   the   birds   were   filled   with   their   flesh.      Revelation 19:11-21 The Words of Jesus Christ Created Two Choices When   confronted   with   the   words   of   Jesus,   each   person   has   a   choice:   believe   Jesus   Christ   is   the   Messiah   or disbelieve.      One   decision   can   lead   to   eternal   life.      The   other   requires   delusional   justification—for   the   long-term   risks and consequences are monumental. I   have   come   that   they   may   have   life,   and   that   they   may   have   it   more   abundantly.      My   sheep   hear   My   voice,   and   I know   them,   and   they   follow   Me.   And   I   give   them   eternal   life,   and   they   shall   never   perish;   neither   shall   anyone   snatch them out of My hand.  John 10:10, 27-28 If   you   confess   with   your   mouth   the   Lord   Jesus   and   believe   in   your   heart   that   God   has   raised   Him   from   the   dead,   you will   be   saved.   For   with   the   heart   one   believes   unto   righteousness,   and   with   the   mouth   confession   is   made   unto salvation.   For   the   Scripture   says,   “Whoever   believes   on   Him   will   not   be   put   to   shame.”   For   there   is   no   distinction between   Jew   and   Greek,   for   the   same   Lord   over   all   is   rich   to   all   who   call   upon   Him.   For   “whoever   calls   on   the   name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Romans 10:9-13 If   God   is   knocking   on   the   door   to   your   heart—your   life,   your   sin,   and   your   relationship   with   Him   is   being   revealed   to you   by   the   Holy   Spirit.      What’s   more,   you   are   likely   feeling   a   struggle   (and   even   a   fight)   between   accepting   Jesus Christ and holding onto your sin.  But be assured, this is more than a struggle between “your ears.” For   we   wrestle   not   against   flesh   and   blood,   but   against   principalities,   against   powers,   against   the   rulers   of   the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 If   we   confess   our   sins,   he   is   faithful   and   just   to   forgive   us   our   sins,   and   to   cleanse   us   from   all   unrighteousness.   I   John 1:9 If you desire to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, simply confess your sins to God in prayer.  An example is: Heavenly   Father,   in   the   name   of   Jesus   Christ,   forgive   me   for   my   sins.   Thank   you   for   sending   your   Son   into   the   world, allowing   Him   to   be   crucified   for   my   sins   and   raising   Him   from   the   dead   so   that   I   may   ask   for,   and   receive   Your forgiveness. Jesus, take control of my life and change me into the type of person you want me to be. Amen. The   Lord   is   merciful   and   gracious,   slow   to   anger,   and   plenteous   in   mercy.   He   will   not   always   chide:   neither   will   he keep   his   anger   forever.   He   hath   not   dealt   with   us   after   our   sins;   nor   rewarded   us   according   to   our   iniquities.   For   as the   heaven   is   high   above   the   earth,   so   great   is   his   mercy   toward   them   that   fear   him.   As   far   as   the   east   is   from   the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:8-12 How   far   is   the   east   from   the   west?      It   is   easy   to   determine   the   distance   from   the   north   to   the   south   (n o more   than   ½   around   the   world   or   12,430   miles).      But,   how   far   is   the   east   from   west?      There   is   no   definable distance because it is infinite.  And so is God’s forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. You   must   then   repent   or   turn   away   from   your   sin.      Jesus   preached   repentance   as   soon   as   He   began   His   ministry.     "Repent   for   the   kingdom   of   heaven   is   near."   (Matthew   4:17).       It   involves   a   change   in   your   heart   from   your   sin   toward God.  Simply stated, there are four different aspects of repentance: A genuine sorrow toward God because of your sin An inward hatred toward the sin A realization of the depth of your sin and the magnitude of God's compassion and grace An actual forsaking of the sin Finally,   you   must   humbly   surrender   your   life   to   the   Lordship   of   Jesus   Christ.      For   every   step   that   you   make   toward God,   He   will   make   10   toward   you.      For   every   area   in   your   life   that   you   yield   to   God,   He   will   keep   his   promise   in   that you may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33  Over   time   you   will   continue   to   grow   and   mature   in   Christ   as   you   increasingly   seek   the   Holy   Spirit’s   guidance   and direction   in   all   that   you   do.      You   must   also   continue   to   pray   (talk   to   God)   and   read   His   Word   (the   Bible)   daily.      In addition, seek fellowship and worship with like-minded believers. If   you   do   not   attend   a   Christian   church   you   may   consider   listening   to   the   recordings   of   Pastor   Chuck   Smith.      Chuck Smith   (who   is   now   with   Jesus)   was   a   highly-regarded   expository   teacher   of   the   Bible   (verse-by-verse,   Genesis   to Revelation).  Chuck’s teachings may be listened to on the following link: https://calvarychapel.com/pastorchuck/c2k Enter   the   book   into   the   search   window   at   the   bottom   of   the   page   (such   as   Genesis,   Matthew,   Mark,   etc.),   then   select the specific chapter. I highly recommend starting with 1st John 1-2:11 All for His Glory, Harold D. Thomas
The Messiah… Born of a woman Born of a virgin Born in Bethlehem Descendant of Abraham Descendant of Isaac Descendant of Jacob From the tribe of Judah Heir to King David's throne Throne will be anointed and eternal Called Immanuel Spend a season in Egypt Massacre of children at birthplace A messenger would prepare the way Rejected by his own people A prophet Preceded by Elijah Declared the Son of God Called a Nazarene Bring light to Galilee Speak in parables Heal the brokenhearted A priest after the order of Melchizedek Called King Enter Jerusalem on a donkey Betrayal causes wounds in His hands Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver Falsely accused Silent before his accusers Spat upon and struck Hated without cause Crucified with criminals Given vinegar to drink Hands and feet would be pierced Mocked and ridiculed Soldiers gamble for His garments Bones would not be broken Forsaken by God Pray for his enemies Soldiers pierce Messiah's side Buried with the rich Resurrect from the dead Betrayal money buys potter’s field Seated at God's right hand A sacrifice for sin
Miracle Turned water into wine. Walked on water. Calmed a raging storm by His word. Demonstrated power over disease when touched. Cleansed persons with leprosy. Caused lame to walk and blind persons to see. Fed thousands with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Raised the dead. Cast out demons.
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Introduction Paraphrasing   C.S.   Lewis   in   his   book   Mere   Christianity , based   upon   the   words   Jesus   spoke   and   who   He   claimed to   be,   Jesus   Christ   was   either   a   lunatic   or   the   Son   of God.      This   is   a   very   bold   and   provocative   statement.      But when   you   think   about   it…C.S.   Lewis   was   right:   it   is   one   or the   other.      There’s   no   middle-of-the-road   statement   such as   “Well,   he   was   simply   a   prophet,   or   a   good   teacher,   or a godly man.”  The      timeless      words      that      Jesus      Christ      spoke (approximately    2,000    years    ago…and    to    this    day)    will pierce   the   heart   and   soul.      What’s   more,   His   words   will cause   one   to   experience   changes   in   their   life…or   will cause   one   to   create   internal   protective   walls   to   deflect truth. What’s   more,   His   works   and   resurrection   validated   His words   and   divine   appointment.      As   such,   each   person must   make   a   decision:   Is   Jesus   Christ   the   Son   of   God, the   Messiah,   the   Anointed   One,   and   Lord—or   was   he   a fraud?      Making   a   choice   is   not   an   option;   it   was   not   His intent;    and    each    person’s    decision    has    life-changing eternal consequences. Therefore,   it   is   prudent   to   take   a   deeper   look about   what   was   foretold   about   Him   (messianic prophecies), what He said and what He did. Messianic Prophecies Messianic     prophecies     are     predictions     in     the     Old Testament   regarding   the   Messiah:   God’s   promised   King and    Anointed    One    who    would    save    and    deliver    the Jewish    nation.            Messianic    prophecies    were    recorded during   a   1,000-year   period   before   Jesus   Christ   was   born.     Some   Bible   scholars   suggest   there   are   more   than   300 prophetic    scriptures    regarding    the    Messiah    in    the    Old Testament.  Forty-four are listed below. However,   there   is   a   very   important   point   to   consider   as you    read    the    prophecies.        Peter    Stoner    approached messianic   prophesy   from   a   very   unique   perspective   in   his book   Science   Speaks   (1958   Moody   Press).      Peter   stoner was   Chairman   of   the   Departments   of   Mathematics   and Astronomy   at   Pasadena   City   College;   Chairman   of   the science   division,   Westmont   College;   Professor   Emeritus of   Science,   Westmont   College;   and   Professor   Emeritus of Mathematics and Astronomy, Pasadena City College. Peter     Stoner     applied     a     mathematical     analysis     of messianic     prophecies     based     upon     probabilities     of occurrence.      His   findings   were   astounding.      He   selected eight   of   the   best-known   prophecies   about   the   Messiah and   calculated   the   odds   of   fulfillment   by   one   person   as being   1   in   1017,   or   1   in   100,000,000,000,000,000,   or   1   in 100 quadrillion. Peter    used    an    interesting    analogy    to    enhance    our understanding.      The   probability   of   occurrence   with   eight prophecies—fulfilled    by    one    person—is    the    same    as covering   the   state   of   Texas   2   ft.   deep   in   silver   dollars; writing    a    check    mark    on    one    silver    dollar;    hiding    it somewhere   in   the   vastness   of   Texas;   then   blindfolding   a person    and    asking    them    to    find    the    marked    silver dollar…and they find it their first try.  Source:   http://sciencespeaks.dstoner.net/Christ_of_Prophecy.html#c9 The   8   messianic   prophecies   used   by   Peter   Stoner   in   his probability   analysis   are   preceded   by   an   asterisk      (*)   and in   bold   italic   text .   When   you   consider   the   chance   of   all 44     prophecies     being     fulfilled     by     one     person…the probability   is   beyond   incomprehensible…and   to   the   point where only God exists. Old    Testament    prophecy    is    in    blue ;    New    Testament fulfillment   is   in   red .      Click   on   scripture   references   to   read on BibleGateway.com . Jesus Christ said: You   search   the   Scriptures,   for   in   them   you   think   you   have eternal   life;   and   these   are   they   which   testify   of   Me.      John 5:39   Then   He   said   to   them,   “These   are   the   words   which   I spoke   to   you   while   I   was   still   with   you,   that   all   things   must be   fulfilled   which   were   written   in   the   Law   of   Moses   and the    Prophets    and    the    Psalms    concerning    Me.”        Luke 24:44 His Declarative Words Then   Jesus   cried   out   and   said,   “He   who   believes   in   Me, believes   not   in   Me   but   in   Him   who   sent   Me.   And   he   who sees   Me   sees   Him   who   sent   Me.   I   have   come   as   a   light into   the   world,   that   whoever   believes   in   Me   should   not abide   in   darkness.   And   if   anyone   hears   My   words   and does   not   believe,   I   do   not   judge   him;   for   I   did   not   come   to judge   the   world   but   to   save   the   world.   He   who   rejects   Me, and   does   not   receive   My   words,   has   that   which   judges him—the   word   that   I   have   spoken   will   judge   him   in   the last   day.   For   I   have   not   spoken   on   My   own   authority;   but the   Father   who   sent   Me   gave   Me   a   command,   what   I should   say   and   what   I   should   speak.   And   I   know   that   His command   is   everlasting   life.   Therefore,   whatever   I   speak, just   as   the   Father   has   told   Me,   so   I   speak.”      John   12:44- 50 Jesus   said   to   him,   “I   am   the   way,   the   truth,   and   the   life. No   one   comes   to   the   Father   except   through   Me.      John 14:6 These   are   life-changing   radical   words!      These   are   not words   from   a   prophet!      These   are   not   words   from   a   good teacher!      These   are   not   words   from   a   “godly”   man!      Jesus Christ said: Whoever   believes   in   Him   is   equivalent   to   believing   in God. To see Him is the same as seeing God. He came to save the world. Those who believe in Him will not live in darkness. Those   who   do   not   believe   in   Him   will   be   judged   by the words He has spoken. The   words   that   He   speaks   are   from   God…and   not Him. He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is Life. He is the only way to reach God. Jesus Christ also said: I and my Father are one.  John 10:30 Most   assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   before   Abraham   was,   I   AM.     John 8:58 Based     upon     His     two     declarations     above     and     His revelation below, Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. Jesus   said   to   him,   "Have   I   been   with   you   so   long,   and   yet you   have   not   known   Me,   Philip?   He   who   has   seen   Me has   seen   the   Father;   so   how   can   you   say,   'Show   us   the Father'?   Do   you   not   believe   that   I   am   in   the   Father,   and the   Father   in   Me?   The   words   that   I   speak   to   you   I   do   not speak   on   My   own   authority;   but   the   Father   who   dwells   in Me does the works.  John 14:9-10 However,     due     to     human     nature…words     alone     are insufficient   proof.      Anyone   can   make   similar   messianic claims;   have   throughout   the   ages;   and   will   during   the   last days.      Humans   require   a   demonstration   of   divine   power as proof. Miracles of Jesus Believe   Me   that   I   am   in   the   Father   and   the   Father   in   Me, or   else   believe   Me   for   the   sake   of   the   works   themselves.     John 14:11 As conclusive proof of His deity He: Thirty-seven miracles are recorded in the four Gospels.  The   closing   words   of   John’s   Gospel   say   the   following: This   is   the   disciple   who   testifies   of   these   things   and   wrote these   things;   and   we   know   that   his   testimony   is   true.   And there   are   also   many   other   things   that   Jesus   did,   which   if they   were   written   one   by   one,   I   suppose   that   even   the world   itself   could   not   contain   the   books   that   would   be written. Amen.  John 21:24-25 Jesus and the Jewish Leaders Throughout    time,    man    has    a    tendency    to    digress    to religious     forms     based     upon     legalistic     works—which creates   a   yoke   of   slavery   to   whatever   rules   have   been defined,   will   harden   the   heart,   and   will   solidify   sin   in   the soul.      For   those   who   attain   the   human-defined   standards of   religious   behavior,   they   will   receive   their   earthly   reward in   the   form   of   social   recognition   and   respect.      However, on   the   inside   they   will   be   full   of   pride,   self-importance, and    arrogance.        This    scenario    defines    the    overall darkened   spiritual   state   of   Jewish   leaders   during   the   time and   ministry   of   Jesus.      The   Pharisees,   the   scribes   and the   Sadducees   had   driven   Judaism   far   from   God’s   desire for His people. God   holds   those   who   attain   leadership   in   the   body   to   a higher   standard.   Those   who   are   called   should   become   a living   representative   of   His   nature;   and   not   a   mirror   of   the darkened    world.        This    is    why    Jesus    confronted    and rebuked     the     Jewish     leaders.          Their     pseudo     self- aggrandized   wisdom   was   illuminated   from   darkness   by the    words    of    Jesus—for    the    power    of    God’s    grace abolishes religious attitudes and practices. For   example,   Jesus   entered   the   temple   and   expressed God’s   displeasure   in   the   misuse   of   religious   authority   for personal   gain   (greed).      He   drove   out   all   who   bought   and sold   in   the   temple,   overturned   the   tables   of   the   money changers,    and    declared    “My    house    shall    be    called    a house   of   prayer,   but   you   have   made   it   a   den   of   thieves.” (Matthew   21:13)   What’s   more,   even   when   He   began   to heal   the   blind   and   the   lame   who   came   to   him   in   the temple,   the   chief   priests   and   scribes   were   indignant   as   to what He was doing. The    words    spoken    by    Jesus,    His    miracles,    and    His demonstrated    displeasure    with    Jewish    leaders    created deep     animosity     and     chaotic     disruption     among     the controlling   religious   elite;   who   misinterpreted   the   Messiah prophesied   in   the   Old   Testament:   The   Anointed   King.     They   were   looking   for   someone   who   would   defeat   their enemies;   and   not   a   perfect   sacrificial   lamb   who   would cover    their    sins.        They    wanted    great    and    miraculous signs;    and    not    a    humble    servant;    who’s    wondrous miracles    were    disapproved    and    discounted    by    their deceptive   lies.      They   wanted   a   person   who   would   take   a position   of   absolute   power;   and   not   someone   who   would associate    with    those    who    were    considered    socially repulsive   and   sinners.      Their   perception   was   based   upon the   physical   realm,   and   not   the   spiritual   realm.      They missed    the    point    of    the    law    thinking    strict    adherence equated   to   salvation.      But   in   reality,   their   self-centered behavior   did   nothing   but   deepen   their   sin   and   harden their   hearts.      As   such,   they   became   willing   vessels   for Satan    to    fulfill    his    darkened,    clueless    and    oblivious desires—and   yet,   a   means   to   fulfill   prophesy—for   it   was God’s   plan   for   His   Son   to   die   on   the   cross—exactly   as   it occurred almost 2,000 years ago. Jesus of Nazareth Jesus   of   Nazareth   is   a   1977   miniseries   that   wonderfully depicts   the   life,   ministry,   crucifixion,   and   resurrection   of Jesus    Christ.            This    9-minute    segment    demonstrates Christ’s   passion   for   the   lost;   his   disdain   for   the religious   leaders   who   don’t   think   they   are   lost; and   the   power   of   His   words.      Click   on   the   graphic to view the video. Jesus Declared He Would Die and Rise Again   Regardless   of   the   radical   nature   of   what   He   said   and every   miracle   he   performed…there   was   one   proclamation He   made   that   transcends   everything   ever   said   by   every person   throughout   all   time:   He   said   He   would   die   and   rise from   the   dead.      The   fulfillment   of   His   promise   affirms   His deity…but   much   more…it   gives   all   who   have   accepted Jesus    Christ    as    their    Savior    and    Lord    hope    in    His promise we will be in His presence after we die. “Let    not    your    heart    be    troubled;    you    believe    in    God, believe    also    in    Me.    In    My    Father’s    house    are    many mansions;   if   it   were   not   so,   I   would   have   told   you.   I   go   to prepare a place for you.  John 14:1-2 Three   times   Jesus   warned   His   disciples   of   His   pending suffering, death and resurrection. From   that   time   Jesus   began   to   show   to   His   disciples   that He   must   go   to   Jerusalem,   and   suffer   many   things   from the   elders   and   chief   priests   and   scribes,   and   be   killed, and be raised the third day.  Matthew 16:21 Now   while   they   were   staying   in   Galilee,   Jesus   said   to them,   “The   Son   of   Man   is   about   to   be   betrayed   into   the hands   of   men,   and   they   will   kill   Him,   and   the   third   day   He will   be   raised   up.”   And   they   were   exceedingly   sorrowful.     Matthew 17:22-23 Now    Jesus,    going    up    to    Jerusalem,    took    the    twelve disciples   aside   on   the   road   and   said   to   them,   “Behold,   we are   going   up   to   Jerusalem,   and   the   Son   of   Man   will   be betrayed   to   the   chief   priests   and   to   the   scribes;   and   they will    condemn    Him    to    death,    and    deliver    Him    to    the Gentiles   to   mock   and   to   scourge   and   to   crucify.   And   the third day He will rise again.”  Matthew 20:17-19 After    Jesus    cast    out    the    money    changers    from    the Temple, He declared His resurrection to the world. “What    sign    do    You    show    to    us,    since    You    do    these things?”   Jesus   answered   and   said   to   them,   “Destroy   this temple,   and   in   three   days   I   will   raise   it   up.”   Then   the   Jews said,   “It   has   taken   forty-six   years   to   build   this   temple,   and will   You   raise   it   up   in   three   days?”   But   He   was   speaking of   the   temple   of   His   body.   Therefore,   when   He   had   risen from   the   dead,   His   disciples   remembered   that   He   had said   this   to   them;   and   they   believed   the   Scripture   and   the word which Jesus had said.  John 2:18-22 Jesus Stated the Temple Would Be Destroyed Then   Jesus   went   out   and   departed   from   the   temple,   and His   disciples   came   up   to   show   Him   the   buildings   of   the temple.   And   Jesus   said   to   them,   “Do   you   not   see   all these   things?   Assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   not   one   stone   shall be   left   here   upon   another,   that   shall   not   be   thrown   down.” Matthew 24:1-2; Luke 21:5-6 The   Temple   was   destroyed   in   70   A.D.   and   has   not   been rebuilt to this day. Jesus Tried and Condemned for His Words And   those   who   had   laid   hold   of   Jesus   led   Him   away   to Caiaphas    the    high    priest,    where    the    scribes    and    the elders were assembled. Now    the    chief    priests,    the    elders,    and    all    the    council sought   false   testimony   against   Jesus   to   put   Him   to   death, but   found   none.   Even   though   many   false   witnesses   came forward,   they   found   none.   But   at   last   two   false   witnesses came   forward   and   said,   “This   fellow   said,   ‘I   am   able   to destroy   the   temple   of   God   and   to   build   it   in   three   days.’” And    the    high    priest    arose    and    said    to    Him,    “Do    You answer    nothing?    What    is    it    these    men    testify    against You?”     But     Jesus     kept     silent.     And     the     high     priest answered   and   said   to   Him,   “I   put   You   under   oath   by   the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus   said   to   him,   “It   is   as   you   said.   Nevertheless,   I   say to   you,   hereafter   you   will   see   the   Son   of   Man   sitting   at   the right   hand   of   the   Power,   and   coming   on   the   clouds   of heaven.” Then   the   high   priest   tore   his   clothes,   saying,   “He   has spoken   blasphemy!   What   further   need   do   we   have   of witnesses?   Look,   now   you   have   heard   His   blasphemy! What   do   you   think?”   They   answered   and   said,   “He   is deserving of death.”  Matthew 26:57, 59-66 The Death of Jesus Christ Jesus   Christ   willingly   (and   obediently)   gave   his   life   as   the perfect     and     complete     sacrifice     for     sin—to     all     who believe—including Jew and Gentile (Christians). He   who   does   not   love   does   not   know   God,   for   God   is love.   In   this   the   love   of   God   was   manifested   toward   us, that   God   has   sent   His   only   begotten   Son   into   the   world, that   we   might   live   through   Him.   In   this   is   love,   not   that   we loved   God,   but   that   He   loved   us   and   sent   His   Son   to   be the propitiation for our sins.   1 John 4:8-10 Jesus   said   “As   the   Father   knows   Me,   even   so   I   know   the Father;   and   I   lay   down   My   life   for   the   sheep.   And   other sheep   I   have   which   are   not   of   this   fold;   them   also   I   must bring,   and   they   will   hear   My   voice;   and   there   will   be   one flock   and   one   shepherd.   Therefore,   My   Father   loves   Me, because   I   lay   down   My   life   that   I   may   take   it   again.   No one   takes   it   from   Me,   but   I   lay   it   down   of   Myself.   I   have power   to   lay   it   down,   and   I   have   power   to   take   it   again. This   command   I   have   received   from   My   Father.”      John 10:15-18 The Resurrection of Jesus Christ The   resurrection   of   Jesus   from   the   dead   was   confirmed by   the   testimony   of   Mary,   Peter,   the   other   Apostles,   and more   than   five   hundred   people   at   one   time.      The   majority of   these   witnesses   were   violently   killed   for   the   Gospel   of Jesus       Christ       and       their       testimony—and       none recanted—though   doing   so   would   have   spared   their   lives.     (Click    here    to    read    Fox’s    Book    of    Martyrs    for    more information.) To    whom    He    also    presented    Himself    alive    after    His suffering   by   many   infallible   proofs,   being   seen   by   them during   forty   days   and   speaking   of   the   things   pertaining   to the kingdom of God.  Acts 1:3 For   I   delivered   to   you   first   of   all   that   which   I   also   received: that   Christ   died   for   our   sins   according   to   the   Scriptures, and   that   He   was   buried,   and   that   He   rose   again   the   third day   according   to   the   Scriptures,   and   that   He   was   seen   by Cephas,   then   by   the   twelve.   After   that   He   was   seen   by over   five   hundred   brethren   at   once,   of   whom   the   greater part   remain   to   the   present,   but   some   have   fallen   asleep. After    that    He    was    seen    by    James,    then    by    all    the apostles.   Then   last   of   all   He   was   seen   by   me   also,   as   by one born out of due time.  1 Corinthians 15:3-8 The Return of Jesus Christ God’s   promise   to   the   Jews—His   chosen   people—will   be fulfilled.      Jesus   Christ—the   Messiah   and   The   Anointed King—will   complete   the   messianic   prophecies   in   the   Old Testament.      The   King   of   kings   and   Lord   of   lords   will   lead the    armies    of    heaven    into    battle    and    will    destroy    all enemies    of    the    Jews    by    the    absolute    power    of    His spoken   word—including   the   beast,   the   false   prophet,   and those who worshiped the beast and accepted his mark. Now   I   saw   heaven   opened,   and   behold,   a   white   horse. And   He   who   sat   on   him   was   called   Faithful   and   True,   and in   righteousness   He   judges   and   makes   war.   His   eyes were   like   a   flame   of   fire,   and   on   His   head   were   many crowns.   He   had   a   name   written   that   no   one   knew   except Himself.   He   was   clothed   with   a   robe   dipped   in   blood,   and His   name   is   called   The   Word   of   God.   And   the   armies   in heaven,   clothed   in   fine   linen,   white   and   clean,   followed Him   on   white   horses.   Now   out   of   His   mouth   goes   a   sharp sword,   that   with   it   He   should   strike   the   nations.   And   He Himself    will    rule    them    with    a    rod    of    iron.    He    Himself treads    the    winepress    of    the    fierceness    and    wrath    of Almighty   God.   And   He   has   on   His   robe   and   on   His   thigh a    name    written:    KING    OF    KINGS    AND    LORD    OF LORDS. Then   I   saw   an   angel   standing   in   the   sun;   and   he   cried with   a   loud   voice,   saying   to   all   the   birds   that   fly   in   the midst    of    heaven,    “Come    and    gather    together    for    the supper   of   the   great   God,   that   you   may   eat   the   flesh   of kings,   the   flesh   of   captains,   the   flesh   of   mighty   men,   the flesh   of   horses   and   of   those   who   sit   on   them,   and   the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” And   I   saw   the   beast,   the   kings   of   the   earth,   and   their armies,   gathered   together   to   make   war   against   Him   who sat   on   the   horse   and   against   His   army.   Then   the   beast was   captured,   and   with   him   the   false   prophet   who   worked signs   in   his   presence,   by   which   he   deceived   those   who received   the   mark   of   the   beast   and   those   who   worshiped his   image.   These   two   were   cast   alive   into   the   lake   of   fire burning   with   brimstone.   And   the   rest   were   killed   with   the sword   which   proceeded   from   the   mouth   of   Him   who   sat on   the   horse.   And   all   the   birds   were   filled   with   their   flesh.     Revelation 19:11-21 The Words of Jesus Christ Created Two Choices When   confronted   with   the   words   of   Jesus,   each   person has    a    choice:    believe    Jesus    Christ    is    the    Messiah    or disbelieve.      One   decision   can   lead   to   eternal   life.      The other   requires   delusional   justification—for   the   long-term risks and consequences are monumental. I   have   come   that   they   may   have   life,   and   that   they   may have   it   more   abundantly.      My   sheep   hear   My   voice,   and   I know   them,   and   they   follow   Me.   And   I   give   them   eternal life,   and   they   shall   never   perish;   neither   shall   anyone snatch them out of My hand.  John 10:10, 27-28 If    you    confess    with    your    mouth    the    Lord    Jesus    and believe   in   your   heart   that   God   has   raised   Him   from   the dead,   you   will   be   saved.   For   with   the   heart   one   believes unto    righteousness,    and    with    the    mouth    confession    is made   unto   salvation.   For   the   Scripture   says,   “Whoever believes   on   Him   will   not   be   put   to   shame.”   For   there   is   no distinction   between   Jew   and   Greek,   for   the   same   Lord over   all   is   rich   to   all   who   call   upon   Him.   For   “whoever calls   on   the   name   of   the   Lord   shall   be   saved.”      Romans 10:9-13 If   God   is   knocking   on   the   door   to   your   heart—your   life, your   sin,   and   your   relationship   with   Him   is   being   revealed to   you   by   the   Holy   Spirit.      What’s   more,   you   are   likely feeling   a   struggle   (and   even   a   fight)   between   accepting Jesus   Christ   and   holding   onto   your   sin.      But   be   assured, this is more than a struggle between “your ears.” For   we   wrestle   not   against   flesh   and   blood,   but   against principalities,   against   powers,   against   the   rulers   of   the darkness   of   this   world,   against   spiritual   wickedness   in high places. Ephesians 6:12 If   we   confess   our   sins,   he   is   faithful   and   just   to   forgive   us our   sins,   and   to   cleanse   us   from   all   unrighteousness.   I John 1:9 If    you    desire    to    accept    Jesus    Christ    as    your    Savior, simply   confess   your   sins   to   God   in   prayer.      An   example is: Heavenly   Father,   in   the   name   of   Jesus   Christ,   forgive   me for   my   sins.   Thank   you   for   sending   your   Son   into   the world,   allowing   Him   to   be   crucified   for   my   sins   and   raising Him   from   the   dead   so   that   I   may   ask   for,   and   receive Your    forgiveness.    Jesus,    take    control    of    my    life    and change   me   into   the   type   of   person   you   want   me   to   be. Amen. The   Lord   is   merciful   and   gracious,   slow   to   anger,   and plenteous   in   mercy.   He   will   not   always   chide:   neither   will he   keep   his   anger   forever.   He   hath   not   dealt   with   us   after our   sins;   nor   rewarded   us   according   to   our   iniquities.   For as   the   heaven   is   high   above   the   earth,   so   great   is   his mercy   toward   them   that   fear   him.   As   far   as   the   east   is from   the   west,   so   far   hath   he   removed   our   transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:8-12 How   far   is   the   east   from   the   west?      It   is   easy   to   determine the   distance   from   the   north   to   the   south   (no   more   than   ½ around   the   world   or   12,430   miles).      But,   how   far   is   the east   from   west?      There   is   no   definable   distance   because it   is   infinite.      And   so   is   God’s   forgiveness   of   our   sins through Jesus Christ. You   must   then   repent   or   turn   away   from   your   sin.      Jesus preached   repentance   as   soon   as   He   began   His   ministry.     "Repent   for   the   kingdom   of   heaven   is   near."   (Matthew 4:17).       It   involves   a   change   in   your   heart   from   your   sin toward    God.        Simply    stated,    there    are    four    different aspects of repentance: A genuine sorrow toward God because of your sin An inward hatred toward the sin A    realization    of    the    depth    of    your    sin    and    the magnitude of God's compassion and grace An actual forsaking of the sin Finally,    you    must    humbly    surrender    your    life    to    the Lordship   of   Jesus   Christ.      For   every   step   that   you   make toward   God,   He   will   make   10   toward   you.      For   every   area in   your   life   that   you   yield   to   God,   He   will   keep   his   promise in    that    you    may    have    and    enjoy    life    and    have    it    in abundance. But   seek   first   his   kingdom   and   his   righteousness,   and   all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33  Over   time   you   will   continue   to   grow   and   mature   in   Christ as   you   increasingly   seek   the   Holy   Spirit’s   guidance   and direction   in   all   that   you   do.      You   must   also   continue   to pray   (talk   to   God)   and   read   His   Word   (the   Bible)   daily.      In addition,   seek   fellowship   and   worship   with   like-minded believers. If   you   do   not   attend   a   Christian   church   you   may   consider listening   to   the   recordings   of   Pastor   Chuck   Smith.      Chuck Smith   (who   is   now   with   Jesus)   was   a   highly-regarded expository   teacher   of   the   Bible   (verse-by-verse,   Genesis to Revelation).  Chuck’s   teachings   may   be   listened   to   on   the   following link: https://calvarychapel.com/pastorchuck/c2k Enter   the   book   into   the   search   window   at   the   bottom   of the   page   (such   as   Genesis,   Matthew,   Mark,   etc.),   then select the specific chapter. I highly recommend starting with 1st John 1-2:11 All for His Glory, Harold D. Thomas
The Messiah… Born of a woman       Gen 3:15 ;   Matt 1:20 ; Gal 4:4 Born of a virgin       Isaiah 7:14; Matt 1:22-23; Luke 1:26-31 *Born in Bethlehem       Micah 5:2 ; Matt 2:1 ; Luke 2:4-6 From the line of Abraham       Gen 12:3; Gen 22:18; Matt 1; Rom 9:5 Descendant of Isaac       Gen 17:19; Gen 21:12; Luke 3:34 Descendant of Jacob       Numbers 24:17; Matt 1:2 From the tribe of Judah       Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:33; Heb 7:14 Heir to King David's throne       2 Sam 7:12-13; Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32-33; Rom 1:3 Throne will be anointed and eternal       Psalm 45:6-7; Dan 2:44; Luke 1:33; Heb 1:8-12 Called Immanuel       Isaiah 7:14; Matt 1:23 Spend a season in Egypt       Hosea 11:1; Matt 2:14-15 Massacre of children at birthplace       Jeremiah 31:15; Matt 2:16-18 *A messenger will prepare the way       Isaiah 40:3-5; Mal 3:1; Luke 3:2-6 Rejected by his own people       Psalm 69:8; Isaiah 53:3; John 1:11; John 7:5 A prophet       Deut 18:15; Acts 3:20-22 Preceded by Elijah       Malachi 4:5-6; Matt 11:13-14 Declared the Son of God       Psalm 2:7; Matt 3:16-17 Called a Nazarene       Isaiah 11:1; Matt 2:23 Bring light to Galilee       Isaiah 9:1-2; Matt 4:13-16 Speak in parables       Psalm 78:2-4; Isa 6:9-10; Matt 13:10-15, 34-35 Sent to heal the brokenhearted       Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19 A priest after the order of Melchizedek       Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-6 Called King       Psalm 2:6; Zech 9:9; Matt 27:37; Mark 11:7-11 *Will enter Jerusalem on a donkey       Zech 9:9; Matt 21:1-11 *Betrayal causes wounds in His hands       Zech 11:12-13; Luke 22:47-48; John 20:25-27 *Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver       Zech 11:12-13; Matt 26:14-16 Falsely accused       Psalm 35:11; Mark 14:57-58 *Silent before his accusers       Isaiah 53:7; Mark 15:4-5 Spat upon and struck       Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67 Hated without cause       Psalm 35:19; Psalm 69:4; John 15:24-25 Crucified with criminals       Isaiah 53:12; Matt 27:38; Mark 15:27-28 Given vinegar to drink       Psalm 69:21; Matt 27:34; John 19:28-30 *Hands and feet would be pierced       Psalm 22:16; John 20:25-27 Mocked and ridiculed       Psalm 22:7-8; Luke 23:35 Soldiers gamble for His garments       Psalm 22:18; Luke 23:34; Matt 27:35-36 Bones would not be broken       Ex 12:46; Psalm 34:20; John 19:33-36 Forsaken by God       Psalm 22:1; Matt 27:46 Pray for his enemies