HOPE CHAPEL Sunday Service Notes
Teaching Series: “The Bible - Jesus’ Story”
Today’s Topic: “Week 1: Jesus In the Bible - Introduction”
When we say that the Bible is God’s Word, we are saying that it was written by Him, for Him and about Him. The central character of the whole Bible is Jesus - the Messiah, God-incarnate, the sacrificial Lamb and returning King. During these next five weeks, I want to demonstrate for you how Jesus is found throughout the entirety of Scripture–from Genesis’ very good Creation to Revelation’s Alpha and Omega–the beginning and the end.
Youtube video from “The Bible Project - Messiah”
At the start of our previous teaching series, “In the Beginning” from Genesis 1-3, I began with the subject of God–from whom all things find their source. I would like to begin this series with an introduction that includes a review of the subject of God because Jesus is God; basic Bible facts; the Bible as the book about Jesus; and what Jesus had to say about His connection to the Tanak or Old Testament.
JESUS IS GOD
To disregard the Bible’s claim that Jesus was God is to reject it entirely. We must either believe what it clearly says, or deem it unreliable and throw it away. We may wish to pick and choose which parts of Scripture we prefer, but we do not possess the ability to discern which parts are reliable and which are not. The Bible claims to be “ inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16)–all of it; we must either accept it at face value, including the claims of Christ’s deity, or reject it out of hand.
Review - God’s Attributes, therefore Jesus’ Attributes (refer to Sunday Notes - July 5, 2020)
BIBLE FACTS - A truly amazing book!
JESUS AS THE CENTRAL CHARACTER OF THE BIBLE
Jesus at the Beginning
Jesus was both present and promised at the Creation. He is God making it all, yet is also to be the ‘offspring’ that will bring about the demise of the serpent–both in His death on the cross and as the One who will send Satan to his eternal punishment in hell (Revelation 20:10).
Jesus as the Climax - Incarnation, Death and Resurrection
The birth of Jesus introduced the world to God incarnate–the one and only God-man, Jesus. He was miraculously born of a virgin; the stories surrounding His birth are well known–an angel choir, shepherds, wisemen, a murderous king and escape to Egypt. At the age of 30, He began His ministry–appointing disciples, teaching people the ways of God and performing miracles. He lived a perfectly sinless life, yet was murdered by the religious leaders because of envy. But He did not stay dead, He rose again and over the course of 40 days appeared to many, leaving behind a slew of witnesses that went out and spread the good news. Before He left, He promised to return...and today we wait for that promise to be fulfilled.
Jesus at the End
Jesus is both the ‘lamb that was slain’ and the ‘rider on the white horse.’ He is able to ‘open the seal’ and He is the One who ‘makes all things new.’ His Bride is the Church and He will reign as King–One with the Trinity.
JESUS APPLIED THE OLD TESTAMENT TO HIMSELF
The people of Jesus’ day were so convinced that the Messiah would come as a conquering king that they missed the clear words of prophecy that He would suffer, die and be resurrected after three days. Often, as Jesus went about His ministry, He pointed out how His actions and words were fulfilling Scripture, but the people remained blind to the truth because of their set minds; even those who believed Jesus was the Christ, failed to read the Old Testament prophecies correctly until He revealed it to them after His resurrection.
The Bible truly is the Story of Jesus:
Next week: "Jesus in the Old Testament"
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!