Study 24 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 – Malachi) 

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew – John) 

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts – Jude) 

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation) 

No Ordinary Man 

Jesus existed as a person in history – then who was He? 

• Jesus struggled with His identity 

Some have raised the question and have suggested that Jesus wasn’t sure about who he was and what he was supposed to do 

One heresy even suggested that the man, Jesus, was possessed by the spirit of the Christ at His baptism and that it left Him at the cross – which is why Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 

• Jesus knew who He was and what He was doing 

Luke 2:49-51 (ESV) 

49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 

50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 

51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 

C.S Lewis said, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

 ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 

The problem that remained was that Jesus was not the Messiah people had expected, however His teaching, His miracles, and His presence could not be ignored People came to Jesus with their Lower Story needs but were brought into the presence of the Upper Story which demanded a response

 Timeless Truth: Neutrality is Not an Option – Jesus Demands a Response 

Jesus the Teacher 

Parables – ordinary stories with heavenly meanings – revealed the truth – understanding is given to those willing to hear 

Parable of the Four Soils 

Path – never grows, evil one snatches it away 

Rocky Places – begins to grow, no root, trouble or persecution kills it 

Thorns and Weeds – begins to grow, cares of this world and riches choke it off 

Fruitful Soil – prepared for growth, understands the Word, produces a harvest 

Direct Teachings 

Righteousness – Sermon on the Mount 

Prayer – Lord’s Prayer, talking directly to the Father 

Forgiveness 

Faith in the Father 

Only one Master – God, not money and not the world 

Worry vs Faith 

Built on Rock or Sand – teachings are the foundation for faith 

Jesus the Missionary 

Kingdom of Heaven 

Mission – seek and save the lost – bring them into the kingdom 

Tax Collectors and Sinners 

Marginalized of society 

Parables of the Lost – sheep, coin, sons 

Desire for all to be saved 

Two Great Commands 

Love for God 

Love for Neighbor 

Explanation – Good Samaritan Parable 

Jesus the Miracle Worker 

Power over Nature Part I 

Calming the storm – amazes the disciples 

Power over Demons 

Gadarene Demoniac – Legion of demons; know Jesus and their fate 

Power over Disease and Affliction 

Bleeding 

Blindness 

Leprosy 

Death – Jairus’ daughter 

Power over Nature Part II 

Feeding the masses – leads to the people wanting to make Him king 

Walking on water – also noticed by the crowd 

Jesus the One 

Kingdom of God – not an earthly king defined by man; Jesus defines His kingship 

Offer of life – through Jesus alone 

Forces a choice 

Many turn away 

Peter 

John 6:68-69 (ESV) 

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 

69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 

Even among the Twelve, one is a devil 

Application 

Jesus knew His identity and mission 

Jesus taught the truth 

Jesus’ miracles proved the truth of His words 

Jesus’ presence demands a response 

Lost sons – prodigal or faithful – do you come in and stay in the kingdom 

To whom shall we go? 

Demonstrates that we can trust in Him

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