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The Way, the Truth, and the LIFE


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If a Good Life were the Eternal ticket, then the Rich Young Ruler would be the perfect candidate for Heaven. But Jesus said, “SALVATION IS IMPOSSIBLE” – For men, Eternal Punishment awaits, afterall, “all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death”, (Rom 6:23) BUT “The Gift of God is Eternal LIFE IN Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 


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~speaking notes~
download the pdf: Who Is Jesus Sessions #6

 

The BIG five
1. Does God Exist?
2. If God is good, why is there evil?
3. When is the End of the World?
4. Is there an afterlife – Heaven/Hell – is there only One Way to God?
5. If God is fully in control – Sovereign – does mankind have freewill? If we do, how can God be fully Sovereign? If we don’t, how can he justify sending us to hell for the sin ‘we commit’?

 

Today, Heaven/Hell? One Way to God?

 

– Jesus Session 3 – Kingdom of Heaven
o Righteous people/lost people, sometimes represented by fish, weeds. The righteous go to the Heavenly storehouse to be with God, the unrighteous go to a furnace, place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, on the outside, forever lost
– Jesus Session 4 – the Revolutionary
o Political statement: I AM THE VINE, those not connected to the vine are thrown away, wither, gathered up and thrown into the fire
– Jesus Session 5 – The Good Shepherd
o There are sheep and there are goats, the sheep go to Eternal LIFE but the goats to Eternal Punishment

 

Almost everyone believes in Heaven but don’t dare tell me that Hell doesn’t exist and people can’t go there. Hell is populated by the unrighteous and it is ignorant and totally disrespects God’s word (the Bible) to suggest otherwise.

 

But how is one made RIGHTEOUS – made right before God – so that they can escape Eternal Punishment and go to Eternal LIFE?

 

Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17-31)
Answer: By living a good life! – NO, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

If a Good Life were the Eternal ticket, then the Rich Young Ruler would be the perfect candidate for Heaven. But Jesus said, “SALVATION IS IMPOSSIBLE” – For men, Eternal Punishment awaits, afterall, “all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death”, (Rom 6:23) BUT “The Gift of God is Eternal LIFE IN Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

That’s why Jesus didn’t leave it at Impossible. Yes, Salvation is impossible for men – all good works fall short – But Jesus continued to say in Mark 10:27, All things are possible with”, AND ONLY WITH, “God.”

 

Who Is Jesus?
Is HE God – Watch Jesus Session 1
– He sure claimed to be.

 

So if Jesus Is God, and men can only be saved to Eternal LIFE By God, can Jesus save us? Yes.

 

And I would submit to you that not only is Jesus A Way to Eternal LIFE with God, He is the ONLY way to Eternal LIFE with God.

 

Remember our Big Question for the Session:
Is there an afterlife – Heaven/Hell?
Is there only One Way to an afterlife with God?
John 13:31- 14:7 : 2 Questions – 2 Answers

 

1. John 13:31-38
Disciple Peter, “Lord, where are you going?
Jesus had spent 3 yrs with them, 3 revolutionary years, whenever a demon possessed man or Religious Know-it-all crossed their path – whenever they were afraid and didn’t have an answer – they could stand confident behind Jesus. Now He was leaving, and they were terrified.

 

2. John 14:1-7
Thomas, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?
Jesus, “I AM THE WAY, AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.

 

WAY – Jesus Session 5, The Good Shepherd, “I AM THE GATE : Whoever Enters Through Me Will Be Saved.” (John 10:9)
Luke 13:22-30; Matt 7:13-14Satan is the Anti-way – wide is the path the leads to destruction and narrow the way to salvation…
I AM THE WAY

TRUTH – Jesus before Pilate, John 18:33-38a
Pilate, “What is Truth?” … one of the most ironic moments in the Bible. Pilate asks, ‘what is truth’, not knowing He was in the very presence of the embodiment of truth – truth made flesh. Synonymous with, ‘Who is Jesus?’, is the Question, ‘What is truth?’
ABSOLUTE VS RELATIVE TRUTH
Satan is the Anti-Truth, also known as the father of lies – a deceiver
Remember what Jesus said to the Jews in Session 1John 8:42-47
I AM THE TRUTH

LIFE – Jesus Session 5, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the FULL.” Jesus (John 10:10)
Jesus Session 3, Remember that the Kingdom of Heaven doesn’t begin after you die, it begins when you turn to follow Jesus – LIFE TO THE FULLEST BEGINS NOW – we are practicing Kingdom Living right now, Loving God and Loving Others. Matthew 16:24-26
Satan tried to tempt Jesus with the Opposite of LIFE – Luke 4:5-7
Satan is the Anti-life = death
Jesus came to defeat death
CHOOSE LIFE!… I AM THE LIFE

 

Is Jesus the only way?
I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.
Did God (Jesus) really say:  Gen 3… nature of the deception.

 

Closing: Revelation 5
– not a question of what the man said, but rather who He is
– Who is Jesus? HE IS WORTHY

 

John 3:1-21… God loves us and sent the only Way, Truth
and Source of Eternal LIFE.

 

Next Session…
Jesus: the Son of God

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