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Jesus is ________. イエスは_________

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If I asked you to complete the following sentence, how would you do so?

Jesus is _________.
イエスは _________.

Some of you might give a very Christian answer like ‘Lord’ or ‘Saviour’ or ‘Son of God’ or ‘Messiah’.
Some of you might not really know and give an answer like ‘Not sure’, ‘A guy who lived a long, long time ago’, ‘a wise man’, ‘ the founder of a religion’, ‘a teacher’ etc.
Some people give angry responses: ‘a liar’, ‘a deceiver’, ‘imaginary’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘evil’

Regardless of how you complete this sentence, one thing I can tell you without any doubt is that the way you complete it [this sentence] (including non-completion) will shape the rest of your life, one way or another.
Today, I want to help you complete this sentence.

We Christians like to talk about Jesus. To do this we sometimes for help use:
diagrams (image)
graphs (image)
pictures (image)
symbols (image)
figurative images (image)
cartoons (image)
movie clips (image)
colours (image)
numbers (image)
music (image)

But sometimes these can become distractions rather than clear answers to who Jesus really was and is.

Today, I’m not going to use any of these. I’d like to [simply] pair it right back and use the simplest, most reliable and accurate means of explaining Jesus: words. The words of the Bible.

The Bible provides us with a complete and very reliable record of Jesus life and teachings on earth. And Jesus’ teachings can, simply put, be divided into two categories:
1. Teachings about God and man
2. Teachings about Himself

1. Teachings about God and Man

Jesus taught a lot about God and the kingdom of heaven.
He taught us that God is a God of great love and justice. A God who is willing to sacrifice a great deal to find people where they are and bring them into his love.
He taught us that God is a God who cares very much for the underdog – for the down and out, the marginalised, the weak, the lost, the scared, the hurting, the suffering.
He taught us how to pray.
He taught us that God is not about rules to follow but a relationship to enjoy.
He taught us to be active in bringing justice and generosity into our societies.
He taught us that we are to love one another – even our enemies – just as God loves us. What a beautiful, simple, life-changing teaching!
He taught us that we should freely forgive each other just as God forgives us when we turn to Him.

What makes these teachings all the more remarkable and powerful is that Jesus dramatically demonstrated this love. It wasn’t just talk.
He went out of His way to care for and love the unloved. To accept the unacceptable.
He physically healed the sick.
He physically provided for people when they were in need.

And so we see Jesus’ life and teachings about God and man. And these words and acts of love made Him extremely popular at the time and remain to this day extremely popular teachings and memories.

But there is more to Jesus.

2. Jesus also taught us about Himself. And here’s where it gets tricky for some people.
Listen carefully because what I’m about to share with you is literally life-changing.

Jesus said: “I have authority on earth to forgive sins.”
Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man:
“Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven…I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”
Matthew 9:2,6

Jesus said:
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6

Jesus said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. John 11:25,26

These statements are, frankly, outrageous.
– Jesus claims equality with God in being able to forgive sins.
– He claims to be the only way to God. Not one of many. The only way.
‐ And he claimed that if any believed in Him they would never die (spiritually) – they were assured of eternal life in heaven.
イエスを信じる者は決して死なない(霊的に) と主張します。天国での永遠の命を保証されました。

It’s outrageous statements like these that stir such emotion and provoke the sort of responses that we saw at the start.


This request to complete the sentence (“Jesus is _________”) is not a new one. In fact, Jesus, asked it himself. He asked His disciples, “Who do people say I am?”
They gave some interesting answers to that but then Jesus made it personal. He turned to Peter and said, “What about you? Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
And Jesus told Him that this was true – not a cold, academic truth but one upon which the whole Christian faith would be established.

What about you? Who do you say that Jesus is?

Before you answer that, let me address something that should be on your mind.

How do we know that what Jesus was saying is true? If we can be sure it’s true then maybe we can believe that He really is the Son of God, the Messiah, the only way to God and the giver of eternal life.
But if we can’t be sure that these things are true, then why should we base our life on such teachings?

Good question.
Now here comes the good news.

Jesus proved it.
He proved His claim to deity. He proved His power. He proved His authority. He proved that His love is the real deal when He died on the cross and then rose from the dead. This is the proof. This is the gospel! This is Christianity.

When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the price for our sins.
When he rose from the dead, he brought with Him new life for all who believe in Him.

This is how we know it’s true. Jesus rose from the dead, witnessed physically by hundreds at the time and witnessed spiritually by millions of people around the world to this day because Jesus is as alive today as He was on that resurrection morning 2,000 years ago.

Jesus is alive today to bring the love of God into people’s lives, to bring forgiveness for sins, to bring release from the bondage of sin habits, to bring healing to people’s bodies and minds, guidance for living, comfort for the afflicted, fellowship for the lonely, joy for the sad and peace for the tormented.

2,000 years ago, Jesus gave an invitation to those who were listening to Him. He said,
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11

Today, the risen Jesus gives exactly the same invitation:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11

Today, I would like to give an invitation to those who have never known Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. He lived a perfect life, was killed and three days later rose from the dead. And He lives today! This is the gospel. Jesus is resurrected. We serve a risen Lord! By his death, he removed our sins from us and made us right with God. By His resurrection He gives us new, full life both now and for eternity. But these gifts of forgiveness and new life must be received by repentance and faith. If you would like to receive the forgiveness of sins, the promise of new life and to live a life filled with and led by the Spirit of God, I invite you to come forward in a minute and take communion, marking your entry into a new life in Christ.
You can’t add God to your collection of loves and trusts. When you give your life to Christ you forsake all else.

In a minute I will ask you all to come forward and receive the elements of communion.
The bread and the wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ and taking them marks a person’s entrance into and surrender to the body of Christ and the life of His church. If you have never taken communion before or haven’t for a long time but tonight would like to commit or re-commit your life to Christ, I invite you to come forward with the others and receive prayer and the elements.

Take a moment to examine your lives and when you are ready, please come forward.