what jesus said about knowing god through him
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DESCRIPTIONWhat Jesus Said about Knowing God through Him Adapted from the series, “Jesus Said” by Michael Wiley http://www.sermoncloud.com/the-vine/what-jesus-said-about-a-relationship-with-god-through-him/
What Jesus Said about
Knowing God through HimAdapted from the series, Jesus Saidby Michael Wileyhttp://www.sermoncloud.com/the-vine/what-jesus-said-about-a-relationship-with-god-through-him/
A family from the hills was visiting the city and they were in a mall for the first time in their life. The father and son were strolling around while the wife shopped. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.The boy asked, "Paw, What's 'at?"
The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, "Son, I dunno. I ain't never seen anything like that in my entire life, I ain't go no idea'r what it is."While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room.
The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the numbers above the walls count up. They continued to watch until it reached 10 and then the numbers began to count back down.
Then the walls opened up again and a gorgeous, voluptuous 24-year-old blonde woman stepped out.The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his Son, Boy, go git yo Momma...We can be changed, but its not going to happen by stepping into an elevator.Change comes from our Creator who has become our Savior & Lord. John 3:14 ESV And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 14:6 ESV Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."The Highway to Heaven is covered with the potholes of the world.
Today we want to look at the familiar message of what the world says and we want to look at what Jesus said about our journey to God. To do this I want to look at two conversations Jesus had, one with a prominent religious leader and another with his disciples.
John 3:1 ESV Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."
3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, PHARISEES [FARE uh sees] (separated ones) a religious and political party in Palestine in New Testament times.
The Pharisees were known for insisting that the law of God be observed as the scribes interpreted it and for their special commitment to keeping the laws of tithing and ritual purity. (NNIBD)
"a ruler of the Jews" (denoting a member of the Sanhedrin, the highest legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews). (NETnotes)There couldnt be a greater combination. We need to know who we are talking about. If we are going to put together Nic and Jesus we need to know Nic.
Malachi was the last book of the OT, Matthew is the first book of the NT. There are over 300, probably closer to 400 years between the close of Malachi and the opening of Matthew.During that time, Israel was occupied and governed by several different countries. The Temple rights were taken and given back.Sometime during this time, things began to appear, like the Synagogue (a place of teaching) which probably began during the Babylonian captivity and the political party known as the Herodians and the religious sects we know as the Essenes, Sadducees and Pharisees. During Christs visit to earth the Pharisees carried the favor of the people.
There was much that was sound in their teachings, yet their system of religion was a form and tradition and nothing more.The first time we hear of them in the New Testament, they are ranked by John the Immerser with the Sadducees as a brood of vipers. Matthew 3:7 ESV But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?Jesus also refers to Pharisees the same way, You brood of vipers.Matthew 12:34 ESV You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.They were noted for their self-righteousness and their pride. Matthew 9:11 ESV And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
Luke 7:39 ESV Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner."Luke 18:11 ESV The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.'
They were frequently rebuked by Jesus. Matthew 12:38 ESV Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you." 39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.Pharisees and Sadducees always test him, trying to trip him up, wanting, Jesus to amaze them, perform a miracle.Matthew 16:1 ESV And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' 3 And in the morning, 'It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah." So he left them and departed.From the very beginning of his ministry the Pharisees showed themselves bitter and persistent enemies of Jesus. They could not bear his doctrines, and they sought by every means to destroy his influence among the people.So we have Nicodemus, upright, educated, came from the right family, a part of the influential party of the Pharisees and sat on the ruling council of the Sanhedrin. AND, we have Jesus, born in the poorest of conditions to working class parents, grew up as a carpenter in Nazareth.For Nicodemus, righteousness came from observing (not the law) but the traditions of the elders. Because the elders words (by 1st. century) had began to supersede even the law.Jesus says NO righteousness comes from a radical rebirth.The World saysthere are many ways to God.Even in Christian Religion, Mormons have their way, JW have there way, Catholics say through Christ but only through the sacraments, Oprah is the largest and most dangerous proponent of the many ways to God idea. In 2002Christianity Todaydeclared she has become one of the most influential spiritual leaders in America. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2002/april1/1.38.html?order=&start=1Some Christians view her as the most dangerous woman on the planet.Sharing her views on the multiple paths Grace Li wrote:I think that every single person who has ever walked this earth, no matter what their faith or nationality, can agree on one thing; people are different.I am different from my next-door neighbor, who is different from her teacher, who in turn is different from his pastor. At very least, all human beings are physically different, but we also have psychological and emotional differences in how we function, how we react to the world, and how we think.Therefore, if one believes in the idea of God and in salvation, there should be different ways of reaching a level of salvation, enlightenment, whatever you believe in. I find it rather difficult to comprehend the common belief that one religion, one path is the way to salvation.A religious leader shouldnt preach the exact same "path" or "way to salvation" for all his listeners any more than a doctor should prescribe the exact same medication to all of his patients. It is important to have faith in what you happen to believe in, but it is also important to show tolerance, if not respect, for the faith of others. http://www.religioustolerance.org/li_01.htmThere are two primary flaws in Graces thinking. She speaks as though Man created God. idea of God If I create God, then I can create one path or many paths. You can create a path too. Our Bible teaches that God is. Man didnt go searching for Him, He came seeking us. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:10 ESV
Secondly, if man created God then Faith in this god of my psyche is of no importance.
I can believe what I want to believe. It is of no importance.
The Apostle Peter did not think that.
John 6:67 ESV So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? Yo