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Responses to Jesus Christ

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The NT records a number of responses to Jesus Christ on the part of those who encountered him, both positive and negative.

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How many parents do we have in here? Ok, so most of you should be able to understand this story. I love my daughter Emma. She’s such a joy in my life and she is smart beyond measure. Most people won’t know that, because she’s also shy beyond measure. But, there’s one thing that she does, that sometimes drives me crazy. If she wants my attention, she will continually call out saying, “Daddy!” Over and over again until I, not Elizabeth, respond, “Yes Emma?” It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, or where we are. If she wants my attention, she will call out, “Daddy!”
I don’t think that this is something that is exclusive to just children calling out to their parents. Husbands, how often does your wife call out your name over and over trying to get your attention? Or does that just happen to me?

Negative responses to Jesus Christ


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Lack of faith

Mark 6:4–6 NIV
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.

Questioning his authority

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Hardening of hearts


Attributing his power to satanic forces

Matthew 9:33–34 NIV
And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

Demanding his death

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Positive recognition of Jesus Christ’s identity

As Messiah

John 1:41 NIV
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).
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As King

John 1:49 NIV
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
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As Lord

John 6:68 NIV
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
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Matthew 15:22 NIV
A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

As Son of God

Acts 9:20 NIV
At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
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As Teacher

Matthew 19:16 NIV
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
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Responses to Jesus Christ by those whom he healed


Mark 10:52 NIV
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
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Luke 17:11–19 NIV
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Witnessing to others

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Responses to Jesus Christ by those whom he met and taught


Matthew 7:26–29 NIV
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
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Mark 12:37 NIV
David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight.


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Luke 19:8 NIV
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
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Worship is a response to Jesus Christ which is especially associated with the period after his resurrection:


Responses to Jesus Christ by those whom he redeemed


Acts 16:31 NIV
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
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Calling on his name

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Proclaiming him to the world

Ephesians 5:20 NIV
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glorifying his name

2 Thessalonians 1:12 NIV
We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Proclaiming him to the world

Acts 5:42 NIV
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
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