The Person of Christ

Jesus Christ changed everything. Through His person and His work, God brought about the only way to salvation.

The Anticipation of the Christ 

  • Jesus is the Long-Awaited Messiah that all of history longed for and all of Scripture prophesied.
  • The Old Testament pointed toward a coming Christ that would restore a people.
    • Genesis 3:15
    • Genesis 12:1-3
    • Genesis 49:9-10
    • Deuteronomy 18:15
    • 2 Samuel 7:9-14
    • Psalm 22
    • Isaiah 7:14
    • Isaiah 9:6-7
    • Isaiah 53
    • Daniel 7:13-14
    • Micah 5:2

The Incarnation of the Christ 

  • Incarnate comes from Latin and means “in the flesh” (in – in, carnis – flesh).
  • Caesar wanted to show how great he was by elevating himself above the people; God showed how great He was by becoming one of the people.
  • The birth of Jesus introduced the world to its Savior (Luke 2:10-11).
  • Jesus’ humility was shown by emptying Himself to become a human, born in a small town, delivered in a manger, and announced to people on the fringes.

The Consecration of the Christ 

  • Not much is known about Jesus from age 2 to age 30.
  • At a young age, Jesus impressed the religious leaders and showed commitment to the work of His Father (Luke 2:49).
  • John the Baptist cleared the path for the ministry of Jesus (Matt. 3:3).
  • John baptized Jesus in order for Christ to identify with our sinful condition (Matt. 3:15).

The Temptation of the Christ 

  • After Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit leads Him to the wilderness where Satan tempts Him (Matt. 4:1).
  • Jesus doesn’t argue with Satan; He simply quotes Scripture to him.
  • Jesus was fully God and fully man, yet He never sinned.

The Selection of the Christ 

  • Jesus chose ordinary men to be His disciples and do extraordinary works alongside Him.
  • Jesus didn’t call the qualified; He qualified the called.
  • Jesus’ job assignments for the disciples were: 1) to be with Him, 2) to preach, and 3) to have authority over demons (Mark 3:13-19).
  • The entirety of Jesus’ strategy focused on the need to multiply His ministry among His disciples.

The Revelation of the Christ 

  • Jesus initiated His ministry when He taught from the Old Testament about the Messiah’s identity (Luke 4:21).
  • Jesus revealed God’s Word through His authoritative teaching (Matt. 7:28-29).
  • Through teaching parables, Jesus’ lessons were easily transferable (Matt. 13:34-35).
  • Jesus’ intense words of eternal life made some walk away and some unable to walk away (John 6:68).

The Supplication of the Christ 

  • With the incredible works that the disciples beheld, they only asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).
  • Jesus’ ministry constantly revolved around His prayer life.
  • Within the Lord’s Prayer, we see a consistent template with which to pray (Matt. 6:9-13).