Summary: Jesus IS Who He says He is, and will do what He says He will do. We can trust Him.
Having Second Thoughts
March 8, 2009 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Jesus IS Who He says He is, and will do what He says He will do. We can trust Him.
Focus Passage: Matthew 11:2-6
Supplemental Passage: The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
One dark rainy night a salesman had a flat tire on a lonely road. But to his dismay he had no lug wrench. Seeing a nearby farmhouse, he set out on foot. Surely the farmer would have a lug wrench, he thought. But would he even come to the door? And if he did, he'd probably be furious at being bothered. He's say, "What's the big idea getting me out of bed in the middle of the night?" This thought made the salesman angry. Why, that farmer is a selfish old clod to refuse to help me. Finally the man reached the house. Frustrated and drenched, he banged on the door. "Who's there?" a voice called out from a window overhead.
"You know good and well who it is," yelled the salesman, his face red with anger. "It's me! And you can keep your old lug wrench! I wouldn't borrow it is it was the last one in the county."
I. Not Who I thought You were
a. John (along with everyone else) was expecting a political Messiah
II. I’m More than Who you thought I was
a. Jesus answered John’s question by saying, “look at my track record”
b. The greatest evidence that Jesus is who He says He is, is the changed lives of His followers.
III. He’s more that we could ever think He could be
a. Who do we think Jesus is? Maybe we NEED to have second thoughts about Him…
i. Someone who is distant and unconcerned? “I am with you always” Matthew 28:20
ii. Someone who is demanding and overbearing, filled with “Shall nots”: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
iii. A “good” teacher; an example to follow: Revelation 1:17, "I am the first and the last. I am the Living One, I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever and ever. And I hold the keys to death and Hades."
iv. “One” way to Heaven; John 14:6 “I am THE way, THE Truth, and THE Life; no one comes to the Father except through me”.