Today we begin a sermon series on Jesus. We will study Jesus as a man of history, the Son of Man, Son of God, God the Son, Lamb of God, Messiah, High Priest, Savior, Lord, Immanuel, Supreme and Preeminent, and a few others. The goal of our study is to strengthen our faith in trusting Jesus to save us, to submit our lives to living for Him as Lord, and crave to be with Him in glory.
A historian from early in the 20th century, named Phillip Schaff, vividly describes Jesus:
“This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.”
I pray this study strengthens our faith in Jesus to the point that we can say along with the apostle Paul, “…I count all things as loss for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ…” (Phil. 3:8)