Jesus – biggest
· Bible – 1st book widely published, best-selling, most translated
· History – measure time by Him (BC & AD)
· Holidays – “holy days” – (Xmas, Good Friday, Easter)
· Church – Sunday (day Res), largest/diverse/longest mov’t history world (billions)
· Only founder any major religion said 1). PERFECT 2). GOD = Killed for it.
-No – city, degree, publisher, $, wife/kids, travel, atty, pr firm, office, security/army
-Opposition, death threats, lies, demonic, thievery, betrayal, loneliness, exhaustion
New Millenium Newsweek cover “By any secular standard, Jesus is…the dominant figure of Western culture. Like the millennium itself, much of what we now think of as Western ideas, inventions & values finds its source or inspiration in the religion that worships God in his name. Art & science, the self & society, politics & economics, marriage & the family, right & wrong, body & soul—all have been touched & often radically transformed by the Christian influence.”
You – sinner
- Nature & Choice
- 1). Thought – 2). Word – 3). Deed – 4). Motive
- Commission – Omission
- Conscience – “nobody’s perfect”. Except for Jesus, everyone is a sinner.
=Sin – Death
1. you go up to God
2. God comes down to you
God works for you
Romans 5:6-10 while we were still weak…Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
- Jesus’ lived the life you should have lived
- Jesus’ died the death you should have died
= Jesus took your place & put you in His place!
- Jesus’ rose to “life”
40 days – Family, Friends, Enemies
Alive NOW! 1. REPENT 2. RECEIVE
God works in you
John 3:7-8 You must be born again.’…born of the Spirit.
Philippians 2:13 it is God who works in you…
- Not perfect, new & becoming more like Jesus
2 Cor. 5:17 if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Col. 3:20 [God] is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…
Jer. 24:7 I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
Rom. 12:2 be transformed by the renewal of your mind…
1 Jn. 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Gal. 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free
Gal. 5:16-17 the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit…these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
- Don’t have to. GET TO!
Col. 3:9-10 …you have put off the old self with its practices & have put on the new self
God works through you
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast [God works for you]. For we are his workmanship [God works in you], created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them [God works through you].
NOT just die & go to Heaven.
Live w/purpose= eternal reward
Heaven – 1. Risen body 2. Renewed creation
Baptism – Jesus died, rose, makes us clean, opened Heaven
JESUS IS ALIVE NOW!
Parties – practice Heaven