What we believe determines what we are. What we believe about Jesus Christ ultimately determines where we live eternally and how we live on this planet called Earth. What do you think of Jesus? If I were to ask each of you to tell me what you thought of Jesus I'm sure I would get some different answers. And I'm sure the man on the street would give us even more different answers. Some would say, ''Oh, Jesus Christ, well, that was a man who lived 2,000 years ago. He was a good man, a great preacher and prophet, but I don't think he's relevant today. Some would say, ''Oh, Jesus Christ!'' He was a revolutionary.'' Some would say, ''Jesus Christ? He's the white man's God,'' or, ''the black man's God.'' ''Jesus Christ? Oh, he was a meek man.'' You get many different kinds of answers about who Jesus Christ is. But, the Word of God tells us who Jesus Christ is. What we believe then, is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And being the Son of God He has several unique qualities. In Lloyd Douglas' novel, The Robe, there's a very interesting little part where a boy by the name of Jonathan, who is seven years old, has been given a gift of a donkey. And he turns right around the next day and gives his donkey away. His father is thinking about this and he says, ''You know, that Jesus Christ who died a year ago, He really has left His mark on this world. It seems that He has taken the dye and hammer and stamped His image into the Galilean gold. It's too bad that a man like that couldn't live longer, because what He did in such a short time has sure made a difference.''
That's 2,000 years ago. And Jesus Christ continues to stamp His own image into the hearts and minds of men and women. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is very unique in that He was God and that He was man. The Gospel of John says, ''In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.'' The book of Isaiah says, ''They shall call His name Immanuel.'' Immanuel means ''God with us.'' We believe that God came in the form of His son Jesus Christ and He is man. And He's God. Now, when we think of Jesus as man some people don't like that. They picture Jesus so strongly as being someone who is so beyond man that you really can't picture Him as flesh and blood, having hair and eyes, fingers and toes. And they just don't like to think of Jesus in those terms. But the Bible is very clear. It tells about Him talking, hungering, thirsting, hurting, and weeping. It tells about Him having a sense of humor, it tells about Jesus as we understand people, and Jesus was a person. Just like you and me.
A philosopher once said, ''What you folks are trying to do is make God according to your own expectations. And yet, there's no man that can be like that man, Jesus.'' We say, ''Yes, there was, and yes, there is! His name is Jesus Christ and He lived as a man.'' Som ...
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