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S2E4: The Testimony of Jesus, The Messiah/Christ

Sunday, October 4, 2020
Welcome to S2E4 of Martha's Talk! 
In today's episode, we are going to speak about Jesus Christ and how he lived. While some know me as Tasha, God changed my name to Martha. He also called me to be an Apostle. This simply means, that he commissioned me to go wherever he sends me to preach or teach the gospel, in truth and in love. Martha's Talk is a talk show in which I share the love of Christ for humanity, in Spirit and in truth.

    In today's episode we are going to go over:

    • What/Who is Christ/Messiah?
    • Why do we need a Christ/Messiah (savior)?
    • Why did Jesus come to earth?
    • Jesus, who is he?
    • How did Jesus Christ live?
    • How do we know that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah?
    • What are being saved from?
    • What is Christianity?
    The reference text for today's episode comes from:

    • John 8:12-20 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.  In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.  I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
      • The word testimony (edah) in Hebrew means witness.
      • 1 John 2:4-6 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
        Q&A: What/Who is Christ/Messiah?
        • The word Messiah is Hebrew and when translated in Greek it is Christ. This words mean "anointed one." 
        • When we use the word Messiah/Christ we are saying that Jesus is the anointed one, who would save the world from it's sins.
        • 1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
        • Jeremiah 31:31-40 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
        Q&A: Why do we need a Savior? 
          • Ezekiel 28:11-19
          • Revelation 12:7-14
          • Genesis 2:15-25  The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
          • Genesis 3:1-20 - Adam & Eve choose self-will over God's will and thus sin is now in the world through satan, who establishes the kingdom of darkness
          • Genesis 15-18 - Abraham & The Promise
          • Genesis 22 - Abraham Tested
          • Exodus 3-12 - Moses Sent to Abraham's descendants
          • Exodus 19-20 - Law of Moses
          • Joshua 1 & Joshua 23 - Joshua enters the promise land (which is a type and shadow of the Kingdom of God, that only became during Jesus's earthly ministry in the NT)
          • Isaiah 40, 43, 53-55 - Descendants of Abraham called Israelite's, named after Abraham great-grandson are now awaiting a Messiah/Christ. Israel (the nation) had become so hardened and defiled by sin's deceitfulness, and sin itself that they were still serving God via the works of the Law of Moses as described in the whole book of Leviticus, but their hearts were far from God. Meaning what they were doing was done out of formalism and not because they desired to have a relationship with God. Their hardened hearts made them so formalist/religious/legalistic that they pick and chose which law to follow (the ones that promoted their self-interest, financial gain, own well-being) over the laws that promoted love for God and love for their neighbor. Thus, they killed anyone (including God's chosen prophets, kings, etc) who spoke against their lifestyle (see Mark 12:1-12). 
          1 Corinthians 15:12-19 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.  More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
          • We are free from the Law of Moses by God's free grace, and our belief in Jesus Christ. We then become free from the bondage of sin (will explain shortly). Outside of God's will (recommended watch: what is faith?), sin is the open door to sickness & disease. Again, outside of God's will (recommended watch: S2E1 How are we to live as Christians?
          • In John 8:31-36 Jesus says the following: "To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free." indeed.
              • This freedom that Jesus is referencing, is freedom from sin.
              • Sin is what enslaves people, as it makes them unrighteous and separates them from having a relationship with God (2 Corinthians 5:11-21). When one is separated from God, they are close to sin and vice versa.
            • What is the cure to sin?
              • The cure to sin is God's grace, and our belief in Jesus Christ 
                • Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
                • Thus, this frees us from the domination of sin (Romans 6:13-17).
          In 2 Corinthians 3:13-18 the Apostle Paul wrote "We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

          • This freedom that the Apostle Paul is referencing is freedom from the Law of Moses, which is a law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-3).
          Jesus, who is He?
          How do we know that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah?
          •  Acts 5:28-32, Acts 1:1-10, 2 Peter 1:12-21 The witnesses of the 12 Apostles
          • 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Acts 22:13-16, Acts 26:13-19 The witness of the Apostle Paul
          • John 15:26 The witness of the Holy Spirit
          • John 1:19-34 The witness of John the Baptist
          • John 1:14 The witness of the written word of God
          • John 17:23, John 13:35 The witness of Jesus's agaph love in born-again believers for one another
          • Matthew 5:17-20 and Luke 24:44-45 The prophets prophesied about the coming of the Messiah/Christ. Jesus who is the Christ, fulfilled the prophesies of the prophets of old.
            • What is a prophet?
              • A prophet is a man or woman appointed by God to do God's will. God's will for a prophet will very per individual, but often includes telling the future via the power of the Holy Spirit (not demonic power/spirits).
            • Abraham
              • Genesis 22:1-18 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.  Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.  But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.  And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
            • The Prophet Moses: 
              • Deuteronomy 18:15-18 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
            • Isaiah the Prophet:
              • Isaiah 53 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
            • The Apostle Peter:
              • Acts 3:22-23 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’
            • The Apostle Paul:
              • Galatians 3:15-20 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.
          Why did Jesus come to earth?
          • #1. God's love
            • John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
          • #2. One eternal sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:1-18) which allows us to receive
          • #3. Authority (is obedience)
            • Bad things happen to good people because people choose self-will over God's will. This dominoes effect of choosing self-will over God's will started with Adam & Eve in Genesis 3, and it is still happening now-a-days, and this has allowed evil to multiply. Jesus Christ came to show us that we do not have to choose self-will, and that with his help, we can choose God's will, which btw, is not always comfortable but it will guarantee that good is overcoming all evil. 
            • Now that we have God's grace, and the gift of righteousness, because of Jesus Christ, when we believe in him, we are able to rule over sin with the help of the bible, and the Holy Spirit (truth). - Romans 6:12-23
          • #4. Identity (born-again) 
            • Genesis 2:15-17 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
            • John 3:1-20 We are now able to be in the image of our creator (God the Father, God the Son - Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit). After Adam and Eve sinned, they died spiritually, and eventually physically. Only after Jesus Christ's resurrection did the promise of the Holy Spirit become available for anyone who believe in Jesus Christ, to receive.
          What is Christianity?
          Acts 11:26 The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
          How did Jesus Christ live?
          1 John 2:1-10  My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

          Jesus Christ lived by faith, in which the following followed:
          What must I do to have a relationship with Jesus Christ?

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