The Messiah the Christ

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These notes accompany the sermon found here.

Introduction:

  • Today’s Texts:  John 1:35-42; John 7:25-44.
  • Jesus as the Christ was a focus of the early church ministry to the Jews – Acts 5:42, 8:5, 9:22, 17:3, 18:5, 18:28, 26:23.

What did people expect?

  • Christ, (Greek Χριστός, Christos; Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, Mashiyach.): An anointed person, often a priest or a king, set apart for a special task.
  • Old Testament key references: Psalm 2, 18:50, 20:6, 45:7, 89:20; Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 45:1, 61:1; 1 Samuel 16:13.
  • A king from the line of David: See 1 Samuel 16:13; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Isaiah 11; John 18:36-37; Genesis 49:9; Numbers 24:17-19; Revelation 5:5, 22:16.
  • A conqueror: See Acts 4:25-27; Psalm 2; Isaiah 11.
  • A deliverer: See Luke 4:18; Isaiah 61:1.

‌What did people not expect?

  • That he would suffer and die: See 1 Corinthians 2:8; Isaiah 53; Psalm 22; Daniel 9:26; Luke 24:26; Acts 3:18, 17:3, 26:23; John 3:14-15, 12:34.
  • That he would save people from their sins: See Jeremiah 31:33, 33:8;  Ezekiel 37:23; Zechariah 13:1.
  • That he would save by grace through faith: Eternal life comes by believing (by faith) in J Christ.  John 1:14-17, 1:29, 3:16-18, 5:24, 15:3, 20:31; Ephesians 2:1-10.

Challenges:

  • Are you “in Christ”?
  • Do you fully know what it means to be “in Christ”?

From New Nave’s Topical Bible:

MESSIAH. 1 Sam. 2:10, 35; 12:3, 5; 16:6; 24:6, 6, 10; 26:9, 11, 16, 23; 2 Sam. 1:14, 16, 21; 19:21; 22:51; 23:1; 1 Chr. 16:22; 2 Chr. 6:42; Psa. 2:2; 18:50; 20:6; 28:8; 84:9; 89:38, 51; 105:15; 132:10, 17; Isa. 45:1; Lam. 4:20; Dan. 9:25, 26; Hab. 3:13; Luke 4:18; John 1:41; 4:25; Acts 4:27; 10:38; 2 Cor. 1:21.  [Swanson, James, and Orville Nave. New Nave’s Topical Bible. Logos Research Systems, 1994.]

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