Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the central theme of Holy Scripture. We shall consider His deity, His incarnation, His work and His offices.
I. HIS DEITY
In the Old Testament God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM. This name was used frequently by Jesus to validate His deity. When he frequently used the name I AM, He was saying, I am God.
A. I AM the bread which came down from heaven. John 6:41.
The deity of Christ means that Christ is God. Scripture clearly teaches this important fact in the following ways.
A. The attributes of God are used in the Bible speaking of Christ.
(1) His pre-existence. Christ has no beginning. John 1:1-3; 17:5.
B. The works of God were performed by Christ.
(1) He created all things. John 1:3.
C. The titles of God are given to Christ.
(1) God the Father addresses the Son as God. Hebrews 1:8.
II. HIS INCARNATION
A. The coming of Christ was predicted in the Old Testament. Isaiah 7:14.
B. History records the birth of our Lord. His birth was different from all other births.
(1) He was conceived by the Holy Ghost. Luke 1: 35.
C. Christ came in human form in order to:
(1) Reveal the Father. John 14:9.
Note well: One of the foundational truths of the Christian faith is
III. HIS WORK
Under this heading, we shall discuss the Lord's death, resurrection and ascension. The Cross is the fundamental truth of the revealed Word of God. By the cross we do not mean the tree, but the Sacrifice upon that tree. From the Tabernacle in the wilderness through the Old Testament, The Word of God is filled with symbols of Christ and His crucifixion. He is the Passover Lamb of Exodus 12 and the Brazen Serpent of Numbers 21 and John 3:14-15. He is the Shepherd of Psalm 23 and the Smitten Shepherd of Zechariah 13:6-7. He is the Suffering Savior of Isaiah 53 and the King of Glory of Psalm 24:9-10.
A. His death.
(1) No one is saved by the life of Christ but through the death of
Christ. John 3:14-18.
B. His Resurrection
(1) The bodily resurrection of Christ was necessary to fulfill prophecy,
to complete the work of the Cross, Romans 4:25, and to enable Christ
to undertake His present work in heaven.
C. His ascension.
(1) At the end of His ministry on earth, Christ was carried up into heaven. Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11. His body was visible to those who were eyewitnesses as He ascended into heaven to fulfill His promise of John 14:2-3. He said, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also. John 14:2-3.
(2) He ascended so that He might enter into His reward, John 17: 5, and continue His ministry for His people. The first chapter of Revelation is Johns testimonial of the enthroned Christ.
IV. HIS OFFICES
Christ is presented in Scripture as a Prophet, a Priest and a King.
A. As Prophet, He tells men what God has to say to them, and He reveals
B. As Priest, He represents believers before God. Hebrews 4:14-16.
C. As King, He reigns today in the hearts of those who are loyal to Him. In the coming day, He will reign upon the earth for one thousand years. Revelation 20:2-3. Psalm 72 describes His reign on earth. Then throughout eternity the Lord Jesus will continue to be our King of Kings and Lord of Lords - forever.