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Christ In The Classroom - Pt.1 (5 of 13)
Series: One Extraordinary Life
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: There has never been a life like the life of the Lord Jesus.
As a matter of fact, all of human history swings on the hinges of a simple stable door in Bethlehem.
• His birth divides the ages.
• His life demonstrates our ability.
• His death delivers our atonement.
• His resurrection destroys our adversaries.
His life is the greatest life that has ever been lived!
That's why I've entitled this Sunday morning series of sermons, "One Extraordinary Life."
ILLUS: I love what J B Phillips wrote in his book, "Your God Is Too Small." He wrote, "God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man--suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal's death--and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched."
ILLUS: Historian Kenneth Scott Latourette said, "As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet."
ILLUS: Even H G Wells, and open unbeliever said, "I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history."
But now, here's the amazing thing - when you study the gospels, when you read about the life and ministry of Jesus in the New Testament, what you find is that there is more about His life that we don't know than what we do know.
You see, He only lived for about 33 years here on this planet. And yet, when you add up all of the years of His life that the gospels record for us it only covers about 3 years.
That basically means that for every year of the life and ministry of Jesus that is covered by the gospel writers, that there are roughly ten years that ...
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