Jesus: God is With Me (3 of 4) by James Merritt

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JESUS: GOD IS WITH ME (3 OF 4)
SERIES: FOUNDATION
JAMES MERRITT
ISAIAH 7:14/PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11
08-19-07

INTRODUCTION

1. ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT I AM A VORACIOUS READER. I HAVE LOVED TO READ SINCE I WAS BARELY FOUR YEARS OLD. IN FACT, A LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME IS I LITERALLY TAUGHT MYSELF HOW TO READ. WHEN I WAS FOUR YEARS OLD, WE MOVED TO FLORIDA. DRIVING DOWN TO FLORIDA, I BEGAN TO READ BILLBOARDS ON MY OWN AND BY THE TIME I GOT TO FLORIDA, I COULD READ AS WELL AS A FIRST GRADER.

2. AFTER I STARTED SCHOOL, I DISCOVERED THE JOY OF BOOKS. THE FIRST BOOK I EVER REMEMBER READING WAS A BOOK BY A MAN NAMED EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS. IT WAS WRITTEN FORTY-YEARS BEFORE I WAS BORN. THE TITLE OF IT WAS "TARZAN OF THE APES."

3. NOW MOST ALL OF US KNOW THE STORY OF TARZAN AND HOW HE WAS SUPPOSEDLY REARED BY APES IN THE DEEP, DARK JUNGLES OF AFRICA. HE CAME TO BE KNOWN AS "TARZAN: THE APE MAN." HE REALLY WASN'T AN "APE-MAN". HE WAS A MAN RAISED BY APES, BUT HE HAD NO "APE" IN HIM.

4. I GUESS THAT IS POSSIBLE. I HEARD ABOUT A MAN THAT WENT ON A DIET OF EATING NOTHING BUT COCONUTS AND BANANAS. WHEN SOMEONE ASKED HIM IF HE LOST WEIGHT HE SAID, "NO, BUT YOU SHOULD SEE HOW FAST I CAN CLIMB A TREE!"

5. TARZAN IS A COMPLETELY FICTIONAL CHARACTER. I WANT TO TELL YOU TODAY ABOUT A REAL PERSON, WHO WALKED THE FACE OF THIS EARTH, WHO WAS KNOWN AS "THE GOD-MAN." HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST. UNLIKE TARZAN, WHO WAS A MAN RAISED BY APES, JESUS CHRIST WAS A MAN WHO WAS ALSO GOD. THE GOD DESCRIBED IN THE BIBLE IS ONE GOD. YET, THE BIBLE ALSO TEACHES THAT THIS ONE INFINITELY, PERFECT, ETERNAL GOD IS ALSO A TRI-PERSONAL, TRIUNE GOD WHO EXISTS ETERNALLY AND SIMULTANEOUSLY AS THREE DISTINCT AND DISTINGUISHABLE PERSONS, BUT THEY ARE NOT SEPARATE. THERE IS GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.

6. IN THIS SERIES THAT WE ARE CALLING "FOUNDATIONS" WE ARE LEARNING THE FOUNDATION OF EVERYTHING THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH BELIEVES REVOLVES AROUND THE WORD OF GOD AND THE GOD OF THE WORD. EVERYTHING MUST BEGIN WITH THE BIBLE, BECAUSE THAT IS GOD'S REVELATION TO US. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE STORY OF THE BIBLE IS ABOUT THE GOD WHO HAS REVEALED HIMSELF TO US AND HAS REVEALED HIMSELF TO US AS FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT.

7. LAST WEEK WE TALKED ABOUT THE GOD WHO REIGNS OVER US - THAT IS GOD THE FATHER. TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE GOD WHO IS WITH US - THAT IS GOD THE SON. I KNOW THAT THE TRINITY IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DOCTRINES IN ALL OF THE BIBLE. THAT IS - HOW CAN GOD BE THREE PERSONS, BUT ONE GOD? THINK ABOUT THIS, IF JESUS CHRIST, THE MAN, IS ALSO GOD, THEN YOU ARE TWO-THIRDS OF THE WAY THERE AND THE REST IS NOT THAT HARD TO BELIEVE.

8. THERE IS A TERM THAT IS USED FOR JESUS BECOMING GOD AND IT IS CALLED "INCARNATION" WHICH LITERALLY MEANS "BECOMING FLESH." THE CORE OF CHRISTIANITY IS THE BELIEF THAT GOD CAME TO THIS EARTH IN HUMAN-FLESH IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST. IT IS THE BELIEF THAT JESUS CHRIST, TH ...


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