Jesus Christ changed everything. Through His person and His work, God brought about the only way to salvation.
The Anticipation of the Christ
- Jesus is the Long-Awaited Messiah that all of history longed for and all of Scripture prophesied.
- The Old Testament pointed toward a coming Christ that would restore a people.
- Genesis 3:15
- Genesis 12:1-3
- Genesis 49:9-10
- Deuteronomy 18:15
- 2 Samuel 7:9-14
- Psalm 22
- Isaiah 7:14
- Isaiah 9:6-7
- Isaiah 53
- Daniel 7:13-14
- Micah 5:2
The Incarnation of the Christ
- Incarnate comes from Latin and means “in the flesh” (in – in, carnis – flesh).
- Caesar wanted to show how great he was by elevating himself above the people; God showed how great He was by becoming one of the people.
- The birth of Jesus introduced the world to its Savior (Luke 2:10-11).
- Jesus’ humility was shown by emptying Himself to become a human, born in a small town, delivered in a manger, and announced to people on the fringes.
The Consecration of the Christ
- Not much is known about Jesus from age 2 to age 30.
- At a young age, Jesus impressed the religious leaders and showed commitment to the work of His Father (Luke 2:49).
- John the Baptist cleared the path for the ministry of Jesus (Matt. 3:3).
- John baptized Jesus in order for Christ to identify with our sinful condition (Matt. 3:15).
The Temptation of the Christ
- After Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit leads Him to the wilderness where Satan tempts Him (Matt. 4:1).
- Jesus doesn’t argue with Satan; He simply quotes Scripture to him.
- Jesus was fully God and fully man, yet He never sinned.
The Selection of the Christ
- Jesus chose ordinary men to be His disciples and do extraordinary works alongside Him.
- Jesus didn’t call the qualified; He qualified the called.
- Jesus’ job assignments for the disciples were: 1) to be with Him, 2) to preach, and 3) to have authority over demons (Mark 3:13-19).
- The entirety of Jesus’ strategy focused on the need to multiply His ministry among His disciples.
The Revelation of the Christ
- Jesus initiated His ministry when He taught from the Old Testament about the Messiah’s identity (Luke 4:21).
- Jesus revealed God’s Word through His authoritative teaching (Matt. 7:28-29).
- Through teaching parables, Jesus’ lessons were easily transferable (Matt. 13:34-35).
- Jesus’ intense words of eternal life made some walk away and some unable to walk away (John 6:68).
The Supplication of the Christ
- With the incredible works that the disciples beheld, they only asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).
- Jesus’ ministry constantly revolved around His prayer life.
- Within the Lord’s Prayer, we see a consistent template with which to pray (Matt. 6:9-13).