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The Man Who Won't Go Away
Scripture: Matthew 7:28-29; John 7:14-15, 46; John ...
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I am an historian, I am not a believer, but Imust confess as an historian that this pennilesspreacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the verycenter of history. H.G. Wells

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Who is this Man
The Man Who Won't Go Away

So where do we go from here…after taking 18 weeks studying the foundational principles in the Bible? After really long studies I like to do shorter studies that are a little lighter and thought provoking. Can you summarize in one or two words all that we studied I the first 11 chapters of Genesis? For me they are simple: The Seed or Jesus. As I mentioned over and over again throughout our study, all of the first 11 chapters…basically all of the Old Testament is a story about the coming of the seed of woman, Jesus and how his linage was protected until He would come at the right time in history.

But what do we know about Jesus? What impact has he had on our society, culture, world since He came as a man and then went back to heaven? Is Jesus just a man and did He come and die just like all other men? Or is there something different about Him. I would expect that if God went to so much trouble to create a world as described in Genesis, then destroy it like we studied with Noah, and then repopulate the world again through the sons of Noah, surly this “seed of woman” would be much more than just another man?

I want to look at who this “seed of woman” was and still is. Who is this Jesus? Who is this man? All throughout the Gospels this one question, “Who is this man” keeps popping up. I am going to use a really neat short study by John Ortburg, Who is this Man. We will look at the impact this “seed of woman” had on the world that He entered over 2,000 years ago. Was He just another important man that came along and then died or is He someone else? Who can even come close to having the impact that He still has today?

Just think about how much of our culture today is directly impacted by the life and influence of Jesus? How would our world and existence be different if there wasn't a Jesus?

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Give me some of your thoughts about the video? What part of the video had the most impact on you? What caught your interest? Of all the progress and revolutionary changes John talked about that can be traced back to Jesus, which do you think have become so woven into the fabric of contemporary life and culture that they are now perhaps taken for granted?

There are so many places in the Gospels where people were amazed by what he taught. They couldn’t grasp all that He was saying.

Matthew 7:28-29 (NIV) When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

John 7:14-15; 46 (NIV) Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. The Jews were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having studied?" "No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards declared.

What was it about Jesus teachings that were so different than all the others? Did He have a sexy voice? Was it that He was so handsome that no matter what He said, people would just swoon over Him? What was it?

I love how the enemies of Jesus reacted when Jesus’ words were accepted by others around them.

John 7:47-49 (NIV) "You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted. “Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them."

Think about this a minute, even those who refused to believe in what Jesus spoke about also were heavily impacted. How was their lives changed due to Jesus and what He taught?

I want to look at the top 10 teachings of Jesus and you tell me how revolutionary they are and what impact they have on the world and people around you. Which ones are hard for you to accept and practice?

• Embrace a surrendered and sacrificial life. Deny yourself and follow Jesus
• Love your enemies
• Do not take revenge, turn the other cheek.
• Forgive without ceasing
• Share the best of who you are and what you have with those who can’t reciprocate.
• Do not worry
• Practice servanthood – it is the path to greatness
• Protect yourself from greed
• Do not judge or condemn
• Humble yourself