Finding Jesus, The Way

Following Jesus as the Way means following His example and teaching. He said:

JOHN 8:31 Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

Jesus chided the people of His day who claimed to accept Him as Lord but disregarded His teaching.

LUKE 6:46 "And why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?

The Bible is the only dependable source of information about Jesus. Producers of films and authors of novels take many liberties in dealing with stories about Him. Many parents and acquaintances who talk to us about Jesus have never made a serious study of the Bible. Often preachers and teachers who have studied the Bible for years add so many of their own opinions and philosophies that we can scarcely know what is from the bible and what is not; the fact that they differ so widely is proof that they are mistaken. It is essential, therefore, that each of us make his own study of the original source of truth concerning Jesus.

Jesus In The Old Testament

The Bible is divided into two major divisions: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The writing of the Old Testament was completed 400 years before Jesus was born, yet it contains many things about Him.

The Old Testament provides glimpses of Jesus in a pre-fleshly state. When God was about to make man, He said to another divine being:

GENESIS 1:26 ... "Let Us make man in Our image, ..."

The New Testament identifies this divine being as "the Word".

JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 He was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

The Old Testament predicted His birth of a virgin.

ISAIAH 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

The name Imannuel means "God with us" (Matthew 1:23). The Old Testament even predicts the place of His birth in Micah 5:2.

Jesus In The Gospels

The New Testament records the fulfillment of the Old Testament predictions. John testifies:

JOHN 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Four writers give accounts of His life. These accounts are commonly called the Gospels, a word which means "good new". each of the writers seems to emphasize something different about Jesus.

MATTHEW emphasizes His teaching, especially that concerning the "Kingdom of heaven".

MARK features the miracles of Jesus, showing His power.

LUKE seems to stress the perfect humanity of Jesus without detracting from His divinity.

JOHN seems to stress the perfect divinity of Jesus without detracting from His humanity.

Though different, the gospels give a perfectly harmonious picture of one person, the greatest of history.

No one can know JESUS, THE WAY who has not read these records carefully. Reading them, we may well be surprised to find how far the real Jesus differs from the imaginary one who has been created in our minds by the misinformation so commonly circulated among us.

Jesus In Acts And The Epistles

The gospels do not contain all of the teaching of Jesus. They report only the teaching which He did while on earth. This had to be limited to what His disciples could comprehend in the short time that He was with them. Before He left them He told them of the arrangement by which He would continue to speak to them:

JOHN 16:12 "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
16:14 "He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you.

The Holy Spirit came upon them soon after Jesus returned to Heaven.

ACTS 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

This means that the preaching and the writing of the inspired apostles, which we find in the remainder of the New Testament, are as much the teaching of Jesus as what we read in the gospels. The apostle Paul wrote:

1 CORINTHIANS 14:37 If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandment.

No Other Revelations

The revelation of Jesus and His teaching in the New Testament is complete. The writers warn:

GALATIANS 1:8 But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

The writer of the last book of the New Testament gives warning:

REVELATION 22:18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book;

Old Or New Testament?

Though many things about Jesus are foretold and foreshadowed in the Old Testament, it is in the New that God speaks to us through Him.

HEBREWS 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
1:2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

This means that we must not go back to the Old Testament to learn how to follow Jesus, the Way. The law was intended simply to bring men to Jesus.

GALATIANS 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.
3:25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

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Questions For Lesson 2

1. The was with God in the beginning and the Word was (John 1:1).

2. Isaiah foretold that a would conceive and bear a son (Isaiah 7:14).

3. The name of the virgin's son, Immanuel, means " with us" (Matthew 1:23).

4. John says the Word became and dwelt among us (John 1:14).

5. There were many things Jesus could not tell His apostles while He was on the earth because they were not able to them (John 16;12).

6. Jesus sent the to guide His apostles into all truth (John 16:13).

7. On Pentecost the apostles spoke as the gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

8. Paul said the things he wrote were the commandments of the (1 Corinthians 14:37).

9. Anyone who preaches another gospel (good news) than what the apostles preached is to be (Galatians 1:8).

10. What will be added to those who add to the prophecy of the last book of the New Testament? (Revelation 22:18).

11. God spoke in times past to the by the prophets but in these last days He has spoken to us in His (Hebrews 1:1-2).

12. The law was our to bring us to Christ, but now we are no longer under a (Galatians 3:24-25).

More Questions

1. Where does Micah 5:2 predict the ruler of God's people would be born?

Jerusalem Rome Bethlehem or Nazareth?

2. Two of the gospels give details of the birth of Jesus within their first two chapters. Please check the two from the list below.

Matthew Mark Luke John

3. Which is the shortest of the gospels?

Matthew Mark Luke John

4. Which is longer, the Old Testament or the New Testament?

Old Testament New Testament

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