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Series: The Real Jesus
A GOOD MAN OR THE GOD-MAN?
No one is more loved and hated than Jesus Christ.
• "Jesus" (Greek) is equivalent to "JOSHUA" (Hebrew) and means "the LORD SAVES."
"You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).
• "Christ" (Greek) is equivalent to "MESSIAH" (Hebrew) and means "the ANOINTED One."
It seems everyone has an opinion about Jesus:
• John Lennon: "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first-rock and roll or Christianity."
• Mikhail Gorbachev: "Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind."
• Oprah Winfrey: "Jesus cannot be the only way to God."
• Liberal "Christians": Jesus was a good man, but he was not the God-man.
• Islam: Jesus was merely a man and a prophet and was inferior to Muhammad.
• Judaism: Jesus was a false messiah.
• Mormonism: Jesus was only a man who became one of many gods.
• Jehovah's Witnesses: Before Jesus lived on earth, he was Michael the archangel.
• The Da Vinci Code: The deity of Jesus is an idea the church created later. (What about the Gospel of Thomas? If Thomas had written a biography of Jesus, it probably would have been included in the NT. But the Gospel of Thomas was not written by Thomas.)
• Jesus' enemies: "…you, a mere man, claim to be God" (John 10:33).
• The Apostle John: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).
• The Apostle Paul: "…Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!" (Romans 9:5).
• The Apostle Thomas: "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28).
How the Bible presents Jesus Christ:
• Jesus is fully GOD and fully MAN in one person.
• Jesus is God the SON.
There is only one God, and this one God exists as three distinct Persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).
• Jesus was always GOD.
• Jesus was not always HUMAN.
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