Is Jesus Divine? by Dr. Ed Young

#947 December 13, 1992 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
IS JESUS DIVINE?
Matthew- 2G:-5-7-65
Matthew 1 6, verses 1 3 through 1 6.
"When Jesus came unto the coast of Cesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples
saying, 'Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?' And they said, 'Some
say thou art John the Baptist, some Eiijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the
prophets.' But Jesus said to them, 'But whom ye that I am?' And Simon Peter
answered and said, 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."'
Let's pray together.
Father, this morning, guided by Thee we pray, we seek to zero in upon that
most primary factor of our faith. Give us clarity of thought. Give us minds
that are willing to tune into Thee and Thy precepts. Lord, You speak and let
me get out of the way so that Thy Word and Thy Truth might be heard, it
might be received, and guided by Your Spirit who enlightens us, it might be
understood. But oh, Lord, our Lord, more important than anything, may we
take Thy Truth, live by it, apply it to every aspect, every corner of our
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endeavors. For we make this corporate prayer in the very personal, holy,
intimate name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
You don't have to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas. There is the general
celebration of what is called Christmas. Food. Family. Gifts. Santa Claus. Travel.
Holidays. Parties. And all the rest of it. For some it is the marketing time of year, the
time in which in your business, your vocation, you are made or you are broken. And
you lump all this together and we call it Christmas. It is called the celebration of
Christmas. And there is that general celebration of Christmas, but also there is that
particular celebration of Christmas, that special celebration, when we celebrate this
season of the year, the birth of the Son of God.
It's awesome to think about, isn't it? God visited man in Jesus Christ! Immanuel.
God with us! It's awesome. It's unthinkable. It is unbelievable. It is still astounding
after almost 20 centuries.
Now some of you take it for an absolute fact what Paul said. God was in Christ.
That's just axiomatic. You know, we all believe that. We've heard it all of our lives,
those who've been a part of churchianity. God was in Christ reconciling the world
unto Himself. Why, that simple to believe. But actually, the apostle Peter was right:
it's very tough to believe. In fact, Peter said it is the rock upon which men stumble.
It is the stone upon which men fall. The fact that Jesus is Divine - breathtaking thing!
God was in Christ! Astounding!
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Now to celebrate Christmas in this particular sense... to celebrate the birthday of
Jesus with the idea and the concept and the firm belief that God was in Christ, that
Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God - what are we asked to believe? Just exactly
what are we asked to believe? Most of us who say we believe in the divinity of
Christ, really do not know what that mean ...


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