Reasoning In Scriptures About Jesus (pt1)

Published July 3, 2017 by

Apostle Paul is on his Second Missionary trip to Thessalonica,
the most important center in Macedonia. This was a populous commercial city. A trade city at the head of the Thermaic Gulf.

Acts 17:2-3 says, “2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,”.

Apostle Paul “reasoned” with them from the scriptures about Jesus.

As a new Christian, I didn’t know how to reason and explain my faith from scriptures.

For instance, I was in the USAF as a dental technician. I worked alongside a dentist named Dr. Klienstub. He was Jewish, and very bright and articulate.
I would have my bible and I would show Dr. Klienstub the few bible verses that I knew at the time. Dr. Klienstub would ask me basic questions:
“Well, Jesus is talking about the Father, but, which father is he speaking about.” “Who is the Holy Spirit?” “Who is going to heaven?” “and why only those who believe in Jesus get to go to heaven?”

As a new christian, I just didn’t know how to explain and reason from the scriptures. So, a lot of the times, I looked fairly foolish, and not knowledgeable in my faith.

I would tell, dr. Klienstub, I didn’t know the answer, and I couldn’t explain to him the answer from the scriptures. But, I would say, “I will find out and come back and give you an explanation.”

Interesting,
This experience, with the dentist spurred me to go home and study the scriptures; every night . So, I could come back the next day, to the dental clinic to reason, and explain my faith from scriptures to
Dr. Klienstub.

1 Peter 3:15 says, “15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

You can say, always, There are folks who are skeptics against the scriptures. Even if you share the gospel reasonably , still there are folks who deny the Truth. Folks who deny the evidence of the gospel.

For instance,
Doubting Thomas. In John 20, we are told by apostle John,
Jesus appears to the disciples who are in a locked room, hiding from the Jews. The disciples tell Thomas “We have seen the Lord!”
But, Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
Doubting Thomas, the skeptic who would not believe unless he could touch Jesus wounds for himself.

A week later, Jesus appears again, and this time, Thomas is with the group. Thomas didn’t believe Jesus was alive. He declared, ‘unless he saw Jesus for himself, and he was able to touch Jesus for himself.’
Only then would he believe!
Thomas is completely honest about his doubts, confusion and fears. And he won’t be satisfied with second-hand answers. So, Thomas was not convinced, Jesus is Alive.

Why did Thomas doubt?

Perhaps, Thomas mistakenly, didn’t recognize who Jesus truly said, He is, The messiah!

He would die and rise from the dead.
He would bring forgiveness and eternal life

Luke 9:18-22 says,
18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.
22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Jesus would die and rise from the dead.
He would bring forgiveness and eternal life. He is the messiah, the savior of the world.

When it comes to recognizing God, we don’t want to get it wrong. There are some things we can get wrong in this life, and it won’t really matter. But, when it comes to God, we don’t want to get it wrong!

There are some people who think Christianity is the most unbelievable and unreasonable thing to believe. They say, that’s nice you found Jesus and have this religion in your life. So, it is you must just believe but, they never go on to believe. To become a Christian in Jesus Christ, You must Believe!

Let me say,
There are some things you can understand from the scriptures, and it will be logical to your mind. But, not all of the time. There are some things you won’t understand, and you must understand in Faith,
and surrender to God. “God because you say it, It is true, I believe it.”

Acts 17:2-3 says, “2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,”.

Apostle Paul was explaining and reasoning and proving that Jesus had to die and rise; again. He was proclaiming the Resurrection.

The Resurrection is the ultimate Truth to believe in.
We must not just believe in the resurrection theologically, but we must embrace the resurrection Personally for our lives.

In John 11, Martha in discussion with Jesus about her brother Lazarus, Who had died.
The conversation played out in the following way:
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”  23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
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Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” John 11:25-27

You’re talking theologically, Martha, says, Jesus. But, I am relating to you personally.

I am the Resurrection. I am what you need right, now.

Why do we keep God’s Promises only as theological?

Can it be, what we struggle with is the same thing, which Martha struggled: not God’s ability, but His willingness.

Like Martha, we say, we believe Jesus You are someone: special, unique, powerful, The Son of God, The Messiah.
But, I can’t believe God you would be willing to do something for me!

And in this situation Jesus raised Martha’s brother Lazarus from the dead. To show her and others He will raise us from the dead in the future.

“God I can’t believe you would be willing to raise me from the dead!
God I can’t believe the resurrection is for me!”

We forget who is our hope. You have a Living Hope in The resurrected Jesus Christ. If you will believe in Jesus Christ, You have a Living Hope in The resurrected Jesus Christ.

 1 Peter 1:3
 “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”

1 Peter 1:13 ….”Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

We have a Living Hope in The resurrected Jesus Christ.

In all men and women, there is a sense, that this life is not the end. Ecclesiastes says, “God has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet, they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Yes men and women must face death here on earth.

The good news, God has made victory possible!

In the Resurrection.
God has promised victory in overcoming death by belief in Jesus Christ as your savior. God has promised eternal life in His Son Jesus Christ.

When it comes to recognizing God, we don’t want to get it wrong. There are some things we can get wrong in this life, and it won’t really matter.
But, when it comes to God, we don’t want to get it wrong!

Jesus would die and rise from the dead. He would bring forgiveness and eternal life. He is the messiah, the savior of the world.
Blessings pastor Ben

 

 

 

 

 

 

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