Green Valley Sermons

Jesus is THE Christ!

Sunday, May 28, 2017         

1 John 2:18-25

Sometimes we use the word Christ as if it were the last name of Jesus. I am a follower of Jesus Christ not Jesus Hernandez. Do you understand what I am saying? Christ was not the last name of Our Lord Jesus.

The word Christ came to our English language almost directly from the Greek of New Testament times. The Greek was christos. It means anointed. The Hebrew word was Messiah, or at least these are the anglicized forms of the Greek and Hebrew words.

The Jewish people who lived at the time when Jesus came to earth were expecting the one they knew as the Messiah. They had been taught by the Old Testament Scriptures that God was going to send someone to save their people, or perhaps better said, to save God’s people.

Jesus claimed to be this Messiah, the anointed one. Those who accepted him as Lord and Savior began to share this good news with others. They even began to share this with those they called Gentiles or people who were not Jews. The common language of that day is what we know now as koine Greek or common Greek.

When the early church began to teach about the Messiah to those who did not know their language they translated the word Messiah to the Greek, Christos.

When they called Jesus, the Christ, they were teaching people that Jesus was the long-expected savior of the world.

As we continue our consider the first letter of John, we come to a passage where this is important. Let’s read together:

1 John 2:18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist — he denies the Father and the Son.23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.25 And this is what he promised us — even eternal life. (NIV)

Does anyone know what anti means? I looked it up in the Meriam-Webster dictionary online. It means opposed to or against.

When John speaks of the antichrist He is talking about someone who is opposed to or against Christ. John speaks of a particular one who had not yet appeared who is, was, or will be opposed to Christ. He also speaks of many anti-Christs.

Who is an anti-christ? John makes it clear that anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah is an antichrist. This person is a liar.

To deny means to refuse or reject the truth.

Jesus is the Christ. Whoever believes in Him has been given eternal life. Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ, the Lord and Savior of all people, has only eternal damnation to look forward to.

Anyone who rejects the truth that Jesus is who He claimed to be will be forever lost. He claimed to be God in the flesh. He claimed to be God. He claimed to be the Lord of lords and King of kings. He came to give life to anyone who will accept that He loves us and that He is Lord of our lives.

After John taught us about rejecting Jesus as the Anointed or Chosen One, he told us that we have an anointing from the Holy One.

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One”. What does John say this anointing does for us? He says, “And you all know the truth.” What truth? The truth that Jesus is the Christ.

Jesus came to provide what was necessary for God to save us. Then He sent the Holy Spirit to be this anointing within us. Kings and priests were anointed with oil to symbolize that they were chosen by God. Jesus was anointed by God. He was chosen by God. When John says we have an anointing he is saying we are chosen by God. The Holy Spirit comes to live within us.

When a king or a priest was anointed the oil represented the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Jesus is the Holy Spirit. He comes to us to anoint us, to be God’s presence in our lives. We are chosen by God to be saved, to be the people of God. We have a mission to share this good news with the world. We are given abilities by the Holy Spirit to carry out the work of God. (We have been studying about Spiritual Gifts on Wednesday evenings. Come and join us to learn more about what the Holy Spirit does for us and through us.)

Jesus is the Anointed one. And now John uses the word anointing as he speaks of us. We become the anointed ones.

Jesus was the Anointed One. We, His followers, have an anointing as well.

Jesus is our anointing. This anointing reveals to us the truth. He is the one sent by God to testify to the truth. As we receive this anointing we are to join Him in telling the world the good news.

Jesus is the Christ. To deny or reject this truth is to set yourself up as one who is opposed to Jesus and as one who is opposed to God the Father. To reject one, is to reject the other.

Jesus is THE Christ. He is my Savior. He is my Lord.

Have you made this discovery? Have you put your faith in God, in His Son, and in His Holy Spirit? Are you living as if God loves you? Are you living as if He is Lord of your life?

Refusing Him… rejecting Him is the same as opposing Him. The one who denies Him is the antichrist. Whoever refuses to claim Him as Savior and Lord is an antichrist.

We all have bad days. What do you do when you have a bad day? I want you to listen to the testimony of the lead singer of the group MercyMe. He wrote one of my favorite contemporary Christian songs.

Listen carefully please.

MercyMe, “Even If” testimony

They say sometimes you win some

Sometimes you lose some

And right now, right now I'm losing bad

I've stood on this stage night after night

Reminding the broken it'll be alright

But right now, oh right now I just can't

It's easy to sing

When there's nothing to bring me down

But what will I say

When I'm held to the flame

Like I am right now

I know You're able and I know You can

Save through the fire with Your mighty hand

But even if You don't

My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith

To move a mountain

Well good thing

A little faith is all I have, right now

But God, when You choose

To leave mountains unmovable

Oh give me the strength to be able to sing

It is well with my soul

I know You're able and I know You can

Save through the fire with Your mighty hand

But even if You don't

My hope is You alone

1 John 2:24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.25 And this is what he promised us — even eternal life. (NIV)

To deny Him is to reject Him as Savior and Lord. The opposite is to put your faith in Him, to trust Him. John says to make sure that this truth, Jesus is the Christ, that we heard when we first came to know Jesus, must stay with us. If we trust Him, we have the promise of life: life eternal and life abundant.

God can and will save us. He may not give us what we think we need, what we ask for, but even if He does not, He loves us and He is our Lord. Proclaim His love and His lordship to all who will listen. Proclaim your faith, be the witness that He is calling you to be.