Synopsis of Bible Study 08/17/16
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
John 6:42 (NKJV) says 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”- As we open, we have in this scripture, people looking at Jesus in the natural. They know who Jesus is in the natural, but He is saying that he was more than what they knew him to be. People couldn’t handle the idea that he was the son of God.
Historical accounts of the living Jesus say some embraced him as the son of the living God, or suffering servant, the new high priest, as well as many other things. Some even referred to him as a human being that the walked roads of Israel that was executed by the romans.
When we begin to look at who Jesus is, we have to recognize that other religions view him in different ways. We as Christians, view him as the son of God and God himself.
Without going too deep into his many points of divergence with Christ, it is good to insist that Gandhi Mahatma who was not a Christian, found in Christ the greatest source of spiritual strength that man has never known. For him, Jesus Christ is the highest example of one who wished to give everything, asking for nothing in return. In addition, Gandhi believed that Jesus Christ belongs not sorely to Christianity but to the entire world. Jesus was for him the prince of satyagrahi (a nonviolence activist). His suffering is a factor in the composition of his undying faith in nonviolence.
Jews didn’t believe Jesus was son of god, though they viewed him as sort of a high priest. Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) says 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -Jesus is immutable and unchanging. This is a little bit more than the attributes of a high priest.
- The historical Jesus has to be examined
- Jesus was Jew of Hebrew decent.
- He had a dark skin complexion. Not to make an issue over whether Jesus was black or white or trying to determine which would be superior, simply stated, Jesus was Afro-Asiatic.
- Historically it is important to know how Jesus what Jesus looked like. We often picture him as a white man, with blue eyes, and long wavy hair. A lot of this is portrayed in paintings that we have seen of him. One thing you probably didn’t know is Michael Angelo painted a famous picture as Jesus and he modeled the picture after a guy named Caesar Borgia. When you see the two pictures side by side, you can see the similarities.
- Take a look at this article below found at http://www.israelite.net/image.htm.
The images and idols displayed in the churches are not of Christ. Michelangelo first painted the most common religious image used in deceiving the world today. It is a picture of a blue-eyes European with blond hair, who they maliciously claim to be Jesus Christ. This false image was modeled after Cesare Borgia, who was the second son of so-called Pope Alexander VI, of Rome. The real Jesus, according to all scientific and historical facts, is an Afro-Asiatic man.
- The earliest recollection of drawings of Jesus by people are dated back to the 6th or 7th century, found in Egypt. In all these drawings, they showed Jesus as having curly hair and dark skin.
- John wrote in Revelation 1:14 (NKJV) says 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; – The scripture says Jesus’ hair was white like wool. His eyes were like flames of fire and his feet were like brass. Brass in this context, means he had color to him like bronze.
- Jesus descended through 42 generations which started with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and then Joseph. These were the patriarchs of this bloodline. This Joseph was the one that was hated by his brothers, because they were jealous of him. They were Hebrews and they served Hebrew gods. When Joseph goes to Potiphar’s house after interpreting Potiphar’s dream, he gains favor in Egypt.
- Joseph calls his kindred to Egypt to get fed during the famine. The Pharaoh that gave him favor died and the next pharaoh enslaved Joseph and his people, because he did not know him. They became the They were in Egypt and Egypt is found in Africa.
- Jesus was Afro-Asiatic. Having said this, Jesus wasn’t white as we know white to be today or African as we know Africans today.
- Jesus spoke two languages which were Greek and Aramaic. The international national language during his time on earth was Greek. Evidence of this is found in the story of the woman that had the demon possessed son and when he spoke to Pilate. If he spoke to Pilate, it had to be in Greek, because Pilate was Greek. Mark 5:41 (NKJV) 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” – Talitha cumi is Aramaic.
- Jesus did 37 recorded miracles. He did so many other miracles, scriptures couldn’t contain it. The gospel only captured the big stuff. This is much like the news today. Only the big stories make the news broadcast.
- Jesus was a family man
- Jesus had 4 brothers and he had sisters too. Matthew 13:55-56 (NKJV) says 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses,[a] Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” – Jesus’ brothers were named James, Joses, Simon, and Judas.
- Jesus revealed
- Jesus didn’t see himself as divine. He made himself of no reputation. Philippians 2:7 (NKJV) 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. – Even though Jesus didn’t try to carry himself like he was divine, he knew he was divine. This is evident in John 10:30 (NKJV) where He says 30 I and My Father are one.” and in John 14:9 (NKJV) where He says 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? – No other personality can declare that they are the son of God.
- Humanity of Jesus
- The priest tended to matters of the temple. When people sinned they would bring their best lamb to the temple and then the priests would take it to the altar as a sacrifice, so that they could be forgiven of their sins. After the crucifixion, the veil was rent in two and Jesus then became our high priest and the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
- Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV) says 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. – Jesus identifies with our weakness but he never sinned.
- Hebrews 2:17 (NKJV) says 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. – Jesus became a man so that he would be able to understand the things that we go through.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – Jesus knew no sin. Even the former priest were not free from sin and this is what made Jesus the high priest. Jesus never sinned. You will never be sinless as long as you are in the flesh. The reason being; there are things that we do unknowingly that is sinful. Ex- Seeing wrong and doing wrong is still the same sin.
- We need a mediator or a priest. Under the Old covenant, it was about rams and lambs. There was a veil to separate the inner from the outer court. The priest would take your sacrifice behind the veil and offer it up to God for your sin. God was about to end everything, because mankind kept sinning, so God sent his son Jesus, to be the ultimate sacrifice. Then the veil was rent in two so we would no longer have to send anyone unto God on our behalf. We can now go to God for ourselves! 1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV) says 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, – Jesus became our mediator.
- John saw something and he wrote it in Revelation 12:10 (NKJV) where it says 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
- Jesus was the word made flesh.
- John 1:14 (NKJV) says 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.-God sent the word to create the whole world and later used that same word to come down and become flesh.
- The word became a man full of feelings and emotions. This is why John wrote in John 11:35 (NKJV) 35 Jesus wept., Jesus wept. He hurt when peter denied him. He was probably sad in the garden.
- Humility of Jesus
- Philippians 2:8 (NKJV) 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. – Jesus is God. Jesus was used to angels being at his disposal then he gets an assignment to become a man just for us. If anyone had a reason to be arrogant, it could have been Jesus. How is it that the one that created everything becomes humble and others become arrogant?
- He preached not himself, he preached kingdom. Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”- Jesus was bringing divine order by picking 12 and then he preached kingdom which is Gods way of doing things.
- If you are focused on kingdom stuff, you will get upset over church stuff. The Kingdom empowers you to take over in every area. If kingdom people become leaders then things shift in an environment and then the kingdom takes over. For example, our Antioch location used to be a club. Now we preach the word of God in the exact spot where the club was. This is kingdom take over!
- Who I Jesus?
- Jesus was that man who left heaven, at the will of his father, came down to be a man, to suffer as a man and understand as a man. He lived 33 yrs and when he spoke of his death, he understood his undertaking. Romans took great pride in execution. When they crucified you, they would make public spectacles of you. When they beat you and thought they were done in, they would switch people up, and whip you again (as if to keep a fresh torcher in the game). They took thorns the size of your finger and made a crown. They brought him before his people and sentenced him. They made him take his own cross in his weakened conditioned all the way to the point of crucifixion. We got to remember that he was doing this for people that he knew would not be ungrateful.
- They nailed him to the cross through the wrist. Imagine this, after nailing the one arm through the wrist; they would pull the other arm until it came out of socket (because it almost always wouldn’t fit the cross). As a result of being nailed to the cross, you would suffocate slowly. After all of this, they would pierce him in the side. Water and blood came out of his side, because he was the anointing. When he looked out, all he could say is father forgive them, because they don’t know what they did. He died for us who never mention him until they come to church.
- He is buried in the tomb, but what makes him different from other gods is that he got up from his grave. He ascended into heaven. Revelation 1:8 (NKJV) 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”[a] says the Lord,[b] “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” In other words, God is saying, “ Nothing starts without me. This Jesus who is still alive. He is God the father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit”. He is there waiting to do what he did when he came. He is the one that walks and talks with you right now.
- That’s him that healed your cancer! He is the one that sent the angel to look out for you. Even the atheist can’t deny that he lived. There is archeological and historical evidence that testifies to this, but He though he lived, he is still yet to come. He is waiting for that day, when the father says, “that’s it’!” When the father says “that is”, will send the same Jesus. Jesus is coming back the same way he went. He won’t come back like he looked when he left. We don’t know what he will look like when he comes back, but we will see face to face who he is. In that moment, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that he is Lord!
- Jesus is coming back with those who have gone before. And after he cleans out the earth, he will create a new heaven and a new earth and heaven will be established the way he intended it to be. We will have paradise again.