In His Virtuous Life (2 Of 5) by James Merritt

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HEBREWS 4:15-16
SERIES - JUST KNOW HIM
DR JAMES MERRITT


“JUST KNOW HIM—IN HIS VIRTUOUS LIFE”

INTRODUCTION

1. I AM SURE, AS I PREACH THIS SERIES OF MESSAGES ON
JESUS, MANY OF YOU HAVE PROBABLY HAD THE ATTITUDE
OF: “I WONDER WHY HE WANTS TO PREACH FIVE MESSAGES
ON JESUS. EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE
ABOUT JESUS.” WELL, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED.

2. I PULLED THIS OUT OF A MAGAZINE. IT WAS AN ARTICLE
WITH A HEADLINE: “WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE
ABOUT JESUS?” MOST AMERICANS—80% ACCORDING
TO SURVEYS, CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS. BUT THEIR
BELIEFS ABOUT JESUS OFTEN DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL
CHRISTIAN TEACHING THAT JESUS WAS PERFECT AND
WITHOUT SIN. NOW LISTEN TO THIS: IN A NATIONWIDE
SURVEY 1,015 ADULTS WERE ASKED THEIR OPINION ON
THESE STATEMENTS:

“JESUS CHRIST MADE MISTAKES.” 8%
SAID THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER HE DID OR
NOT, AND 40% AGREED.

3. A SECOND QUESTION WAS ASKED:

ON EARTH JESUS “COMMITTED SINS JUST
LIKE OTHER PEOPLE.” 5% SAID THEY DIDN’T
KNOW, AND 42% AGREED.1

4. ONE OF OUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE EXCUSES WHEN WE
MESS UP, FOUL UP, OR DO WRONG, IS THIS ONE: “OH WELL,
NOBODY’S PERFECT.” THAT RAISES A QUESTION. HAVE YOU
EVER MET A PERFECT PERSON? I HEARD ABOUT A
PREACHER WHO ASKED THIS QUESTION TO HIS
CONGREGATION, NOT EXPECTING AN ANSWER. TO HIS
SURPRISE, A LITTLE LADY IN THE BACK RAISED HER HAND.
HE SAID, “MRS. JONES, YOU HAVE MET A PERFECT
PERSON?”

SHE SAID, “YES SIR, I HAVE.”

HE SAID, “WHO MIGHT THAT BE?” SHE SAID, “MY
HUSBAND’S FIRST WIFE.”

5. WELL, I HAVE MET A PERFECT PERSON, AND HIS NAME IS
JESUS. I WANT TO SAY UNEQUIVOCALLY TO THOSE TWO
QUESTIONS, JESUS CHRIST NEVER MADE A MISTAKE, AND
JESUS CHRIST NEVER COMMITTED SINS JUST LIKE OTHER
PEOPLE.

6. JESUS NEVER THOUGHT SIN, JESUS NEVER WROUGHT
SIN, JESUS NEVER TAUGHT SIN, AND JESUS NEVER CAUGHT
SIN. HE LIVED THIRTY-THREE YEARS ON THIS EARTH,
UNTAINTED BY THE FAUL ...


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