Following Jesus as the Way means following His example and teaching. He said:
Jesus chided the people of His day who claimed to accept Him as Lord but disregarded His teaching.
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:
The New Testament identifies this divine being as "the Word".
The Old Testament predicted His birth of a virgin.
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:
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.
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:
The Holy Spirit came upon them soon after Jesus returned to Heaven.
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:
No Other Revelations
The revelation of Jesus and His teaching in the New Testament is complete. The writers warn:
The writer of the last book of the New Testament gives warning:
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.
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.
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