We began the morning talking about the "polarizing nature of Jesus" and I gave five statements, beliefs, and claims of Jesus. My caveat was this--I said, "I'm not asking anyone to agree with these; interpret these; or even like these;...I just want you to listen and feel whatever it is that you feel when you hear these. I said I would post these five with verses so here they are. Before you decide how this sermon will end you should check it out for yourself. You might be surprised!
- Jesus said he was the ONLY way to God. John 14:6
- Jesus claimed to exist before the world began John 17:5
- Jesus believed heaven and hell are literal places (and real people will spend a real forever in one of those places) Matthew 6:9, Matthew 7:19-23
- Jesus claimed to be God (not a good teacher or prophet) John 8:58 & Exodus 3:14
- Jesus predicted his death, and his resurrection AND witnesses saw him alive John 20