And there came a voice
from heaven, saying, "Thou art my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased"
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out
. . . "Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?
Art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the Holy One of God."
Mark 1:11, 23-24
The single most important
question ever asked is "Who is Jesus?" That question has shaped all of history.
There are only three answers.
This simple question has a
very profound meaning for the person who answers it.
Is He just a myth?
Television programs and news media would have you believe that Jesus was just an
ordinary man. However, I like the answer to #3. Jesus is the Son of God.
He told a group of
followers, “Before Abraham was, I Am.” Jesus, is just as eternal as God is, is
I am going to preach this
morning in a way some of you might be slightly offended. However, I am prepared
to take my chances. I will get behind any of these, “big guys” like, Ray
Horton, Tim Montgomery, or Kevin and we will take anybody on.
Surprisingly, in every
religious community there is something based on who Jesus is, within their
belief. Let us look at some of the beliefs on who they think Jesus is:
The Muslims follow the Islamic
faith. They worship Mohammed. They believe Jesus to be a prophet with special
powers, but they do not believe Him to be the Son of God. They do not believe in
His death on the cross or His resurrection. Standing on the Word, I must
exclude them from being a true religion.
Jehovah Witnesses are sincere in
their belief, but they do not believe in the full truth. They reject the
doctrine of the Trinity. We know the Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Ghost. They are all One. Let water be your guide in
understanding the Trinity. Water exists in three different stages--ice, liquid,
and steam. All three stages are still water. The Jehovah Witness believes the
Trinity to be satanic. For someone to call a Biblical truth satanic causes me
to reject them as a true religion. You must embrace the whole doctrine; it is
not a pick-and-choose thing. You cannot pick out Heaven, and leave out Hell.
Without believing Jesus is who He says He is, I cannot believe in their
of the Latter-Day Saints-- The Mormons believe that Jesus was the brother to
Lucifer. This resulted in God having intercourse with Mary; therefore, they
believe He is not divine. Jesus is not the brother of Lucifer. He did not come
here because God had an affair with Mary. Therefore, I cannot recognize
Mormonism as a true religion.
The Hindu and the Buddhist have
rejected Jesus all together. They do not even recognize Him. I cannot
recognize them as a true religious faith.
You might say, “Preacher,
you are hard on other religions.” For someone to leave out part of the Holy
Trinity gives me reason to doubt them. I have to draw the line on anyone who
does not recognize Jesus for who He is.
In Mark 1:6-8, John
recognized Jesus for who He is. John said, “There comes one to baptize you with
the Holy Ghost, of whom I am not worthy to latch His shoes.” When Jesus asked
John to baptize Him, John said, “Lord, I am not worthy. “ You see, John knew
who Jesus was.
Peter when speaking to Jesus
recognized Him as the “Son of God.”
In John chapter 20 Jesus
told Thomas to take His hand after the resurrection, Thomas answered Him as, “My
Lord, and My God.” The question I ask you today, is He your Lord and your God?
In verses, 23 and 24 the
evil spirits that had taken hold of the man knew who Jesus was. They called him
the, “Holy One of God.” If all of Heaven and Hell knows who Jesus is, how can
we not know who He is?
This is my imagination
speaking ….One day, we will die…a fact. We will stand before God. He will ask,
“Who is My Son Jesus?” If you do not answer, “My Lord, and My Savior,” no other
answer will be sufficient. To borrow a quote from Bro. Don Drake, “If you miss
Heaven by an inch, you’ve missed it.”
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made
Sermon edited by Mary King