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The Uniqueness of Jesus

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Officers had been sent by the Pharisees to arrest Jesus...
John 7:45–53 NKJV
45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” 46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?” 52 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” 53 And everyone went to his own house.
Focus verses:
John 7:46–47 NKJV
46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived?
The devil will try and tell you that you are deceived.
But the truth is that there is no one like Jesus.
Jesus is unique because of...

How and why He came into the world

Jesus is the only one who chose to be born

Jesus was with the Father before He before creation:
John 17:5 NKJV
5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Jesus chose to become a human being:
Philippians 2:5–7 NKJV
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Not only was Jesus the only one who chose to be born...

Jesus is the only one who was born to die

Matthew 20:28 NKJV
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
A ransom is the price paid to secure someone’s release.
The price was His own life, and He came to earth to pay it.
The next reason Jesus is unique is because of...

What He did and said in the world

Matthew 8:23–27 NIV
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Note - “what kind of man is this?”
But it is not only what Jesus did that was unique...
Luke 24:19 NKJV
19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
Note - “deed and word”
He preached against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders
Matthew 23:27–28 NKJV
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
He taught people to love God and one another
Matthew 22:37–39 NKJV
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 5:44 NKJV
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
He was radical about personal sin
Matthew 5:30 NKJV
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
His message was full of practical wisdom
Luke 12:58 NKJV
58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
He was full of grace and mercy
When the woman was caught in the act of adultery...
John 8:11 NKJV
11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Also...
Matthew 9:2 NKJV
2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
We have seen that Jesus is unique because of...
How and why He came into the world
What he did and said in the world.
But He is also unique because of...

The way He left the word

We could say that Jesus left the world twice:
His death
His ascension
But I want to focus on His death...
When Jesus died on the cross some amazing things happened...
Matthew 27:51–53 NKJV
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Because of Jesus’ death, the veil in the temple was supernaturally torn in two.
No human could have torn it - it was:
60 feet long
30 feet wide
As thick as a man’s palm
So heavy that it took 300 men to lift it when it was wet
Notice it was torn from top to bottom. As the veil was 60 feet high, no human is tall enough to have done that. God Himself tore it, to indicate that through Jesus’ death on the cross, there was no more barrier between us and God. We can all approach Him through Jesus.
Not only that, when Jesus died there was an earthquake which caused the graves to be opened, and many people were resurrected too, and walked around in the holy city appearing to many!
Who else had left the world like this?
Matthew 27:54 NKJV
54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Not only is Jesus unique because of...
How and why He came into the world
What He did and said in the world
The way He left the word
He is also unique because of...

The way He came back into the world

He came back from death in the same body He died in.
But there was something different about it...
John 20:19–20 NIV
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
It was the same body (He showed them His hands and His side where He had been pierced)
But there was something different too. Notice they had locked the doors, but Jesus somehow walked in!
His body had been changed.
This points to the fact that when we come to Jesus, He changes us.
Even as His body was made new, spiritually, we are made new too!
1 Peter 1:3 NKJV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Jeremiah 31:33 NKJV
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
I.e. we have a new inclination. Whereas we delighted in sin before, we now want to do what is right. We want to bless our enemies etc.
Colossians 3:9–11 NKJV
9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
In our opening passage, the Pharisees accused the officers of being deceived.
How do we know that we haven’t been decieved?
Because of what Jesus has done, and is doing inside us!
As the songwriter Alfred Ackley wrote in his song, “He lives”:
“You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart”
And that is something every born again Christian can say - Jesus lives within me!

Summary

Jesus is unique because of...
How and why He came into the world
What He did and said in the world
The way He left the word
The way He came back into the world
We know that Jesus lives because He lives within our hearts

Discussion / Prayer

Get into groups of 4-5...
Discuss how has Jesus living in you changed your life?
Listen to each other’s prayer requests and spend some time praying for each other.
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