Sermon Series: I Am
November 17: I Am Introduction
November 24: I Am the Light of the World
December 1: I Am the Bread of Life
December 8: I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
December 15: I Am the Vine
Resources for Parents
Blogs and Articles
This is a blog post by Bob Russell, former senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY on the eternal implications of Jesus being the bread of life.
This is an article from Christianity Today about Jesus being “the way, the truth, and the life.”
Great blog post from The Christian Post blog about the dangers of moral relativism.
List of claims about who Jesus was in John’s Gospel. This was compiled by Mark Moore, former professor of New Testament at Ozark Christian College and currently serving as Teaching Pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona.
It is important for us to know who Jesus claimed to be so that we are able to know the difference between the biblical Jesus and some other form of Jesus. The Jesus that is described by Mormons is a different Jesus than the one we find in the Bible. This is a great article about the differences between the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of Mormonism.
Books to Read on the Person and Work of Jesus
- The Cross of Christ by John Stott
- Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant, & Savior by John Stott
- The Unexpected Jesus: The Truth Behind His Biblical Names by R. C. Sproul
- Who is This Man? By John Ortberg
- The Person of Jesus by Mark Moore and Jon Weece
Sermons on the Person of Jesus
Sermon preached by John Piper, who was the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN for 33 years. This sermon is a great backdrop for the “I Am” statements Jesus made in the book of John.
Sermons by Brian Jones, pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley in Royersford, PA, on a couple “I Am” statements of Jesus.
This is a 100-part sermon series (yeah, 100 sermons) on the life of Jesus by Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. Obviously, it would take you a year to get through all these, but it is definitely a great resource to pick and choose sermons to listen to and learn about who Jesus claimed to be and what he did while he was on the Earth.
Bible Study for Parents on the Person of Jesus
Our primary goal in the this series is to get your students to know who Jesus was and make the decision for themselves what they believe about him. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul says, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.” For so many of our students, this is their experience. They imitate their parents as their parents imitate Christ. It is true that your students will imitate their parents even if their parents are not imitating Christ. But at some point in their life, they make the decision to stop imitating their parents. Our hope for you is that you will be able to help your students make their own personal decision to begin imitating Christ when they decide to stop imitating you. In order for them to do this, they must know who Christ claimed to be and wrestle with these claims for themselves. The purpose of this bible study is for you to feel equipped to walk your students through what the Bible says about Jesus. Our hope is that this study will help you better understand who Jesus was, so that you are able to have conversations with your students about him and what they believe about him.
Day 1: Psalm 22
This psalm has multiple layers. The first layer lies in the experience of the author. This psalm is an incredibly graphic depiction of the loneliness and suffering that the author is experiencing. It is difficult to know the circumstances revolving the author’s emotional and physical turmoil, but it is safe to say that the reader can relate in some way. All people will experience some level of loneliness and suffering in their own life. All people experience circumstances that cause them to question the presence of God in their life. All people experience some level of emotional turmoil described by the author. But the final ten verses describe the hope that comes from the Lord. God is not a god that ignores the plight of his people, but instead delivers them from it.
The second layer of this psalm lies in Jesus Christ. Jesus quoted the first line of this psalm while he was on the cross. Even Jesus could relate to the turmoil depicted in this psalm. In fact, the words of this psalm are eerily similar to the exact turmoil that Jesus experienced on the cross (especially verses 16 – 18). These similarities have caused many to consider this psalm as a prophetic announcement of Jesus and his future work of salvation. This psalm helps us to understand that deliverance is not possible if the suffering is not first present. Furthermore, we learn that the deeper the suffering and turmoil, the sweeter the deliverance.
The third layer of this psalm lies in us. This psalm helps us to understand Jesus deeper and more fully. We are able to receive a glimpse of the suffering he experienced on the cross and that he is able to understand the depths of the suffering that we undergo in our lives. Secondarily, we understand Christ to be the one who delivers us from suffering. Through his suffering, our suffering is eased. If not in this life, then in the life to come. This psalm describes the hope that we have in Christ: that one day, our afflictions will cease and we will sing the praises of our deliverer.
Day 2: Isaiah 53
This chapter is another prophetic description of Jesus as the Suffering Servant. This chapter poetically describes the work of Christ on the cross. His death on the cross was the ultimate punishment for our sins. We are deemed righteous and blameless because the punishment for our sins was paid by Christ on the cross. There is a couple analogies that help us understand who Jesus was a little bit more. First, Jesus is described as a servant. At Philippians 2, Paul uses this same term to describe Jesus. He says that Jesus was God and had all the benefits of being God. He was all-powerful, all-knowing, and ruler over all. However, Paul explains that Jesus decided to give all that up to come to earth as a man. He not only came to earth as a man, but he came to be a servant. He was the ruler over all, but he chose to serve those he ruled over.
Secondly, Jesus is described as a sheep that is led to slaughter. In the sacrificial system of Israel, sheep were killed to atone for the sins of the people. This chapter describes Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice for all the sins of all people. He is the lamb whose blood covers all the sins ever committed. If Jesus were just a man, his life would cover the life of another man. But because Jesus is God, he is infinite. The life of an infinite being has the ability to cover an infinite number of finite lives.
Day 3: Colossians 1:13 – 29
This is the ultimate description of who Jesus was and what he did for us. He was in the beginning with the Father. He created all things and he rules over all things. He died on the cross to put an end to the hostility that sins created between God and us. His work on the cross is what causes us to be holy and blameless before God. Putting our faith and trust in this is our hope of glory. It is our hope that you and your students will have conversations about who Jesus was and what he did so that they will be able to truly put their own faith and trust in him.