Is Jesus the Predicted Messiah? (1 of 15) by Jerry Vines

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Is Jesus the Predicted Messiah? (1 of 15)
Series: Deeper Life Conference
Jerry Vines
Luke 24:27
4/28/04

I will be giving a series of small segments of what I believe to be the essentials of a real Christian walk with the Lord and what the Christian faith is all about. The first five of these studies are going to be around the theme "Who is Jesus?" We will go into the "Who is the Holy Spirit?" We will talk about spiritual gifts and spiritual warfare and some of these areas.

In our first study around the theme of "Who is Jesus?" we are going to answer this question, "Is Jesus the predicted Messiah? Is He the one the Bible predicted would come?"

Jesus is walking with the disciples on the Emmaus Road. He has already been crucified, was buried, and three days later He rose again from the dead. He's walking with the disciples, and it says in Luke 24, verse 27, "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets." This is a reference to the Old Testament that Jesus had and read in His day. The New Testament was not written at that time. He began with Moses and all the prophets, that is, starting in Genesis and going all the way to the book of Malachi, the 39 books of the Old Testament. "He expounded unto them in all the scriptures" (Moses and the prophets, Genesis to Malachi) the things concerning himself." Can you imagine hearing explained from the lips of Jesus Himself what the Old Testament had to say about Him?

I believe the key to the Christian life is loving Jesus. When I came here 22 years ago, I had a national magazine ask me to write an article about our church and what made our church the church it is. In that article I said there were three keys to the First Baptist Church and to the people of the First Baptist Church. Number one, they love Jesus. Number two, they love one another; and number three, they love lost people. That's it. That's what it's all about.

After the resurrection, Simon Peter had denied the Lord and was so ...


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