Sharing His Story
II Corinthians 5:19-21
Introduction: The Story of Jesus is best summed up in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Six hundred years before God came in His Son, Christ Jesus, the Prophet Isaiah told his generation in prophecy these words:
"But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
Now we hear from Paul, once a Christ-hater and now a Christ-follower.
1 Timothy 1:12-15, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief."
I. HIS STORY IS ONE OF INCARNATION. 19
"God was in Christ" - this speaks of God Who is Spirit taking on flesh. This is God becoming one with us that we might become one with Him.
"He became what we are that He might make us what He is"
"God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man."
"The mystery of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding."
"Nowhere is salvation conceived of as a flight from history as in Greek thought; it is always the coming of God to man in history. Man does not ascend to God; God descends to ...
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