1. This morning we showed from the Scriptures that "obeying the Gospel involves belief." 2. Jesus made this very clear in John 3:14-18. 3. In these verses Jesus also showed that He is unique when He described Himself as God's "only begotten Son." 4. In this lesson we are examining passages which show that Jesus was and continues to be unique in many ways.
I. THE EXISTENCE OF CHRIST IS UNIQUE
A. He is a member of the eternal Godhead (John 1:1-3). B. However, He became flesh (John 1:14).
II. THE BIRTH OF CHRIST WAS UNIQUE
A. Jesus' virgin birth was prophesied in Isaiah 7:14. B. Jesus' birth is recorded in Matthew 1:18-25. C. Jesus is God's "only begotten Son" (John 3:16).
III. THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST WAS UNIQUE (Matthew 3:13-17)
IV. THE POWER OF CHRIST WAS UNIQUE
A. He demonstrated His power by forgiving a man's sins (Matthew 9:6). B. He demonstrated His power through His miracles (John 3:2).
V. THE ROLE OF CHRIST AS SAVIOR IS UNIQUE
A. He is "the author of eternal salvation" (Hebrews 5:8-9). B. He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). C. Salvation is only found in His name (Acts 4:12).
VI. THE ROLE OF CHRIST AS HIGH PRIEST IS UNIQUE
A. He is able to empathize with His followers because He came to earth in the flesh (Hebrews 2:17-18). B. While He was tempted in all ways, He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). C. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, not Levi (Hebrews 7:11-17).
VII. THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST IS UNIQUE
A. He offered Himself once (Hebrews 7:26-27). B. The animal sacrifices of the old covenant could not take away sin (Hebrews 10:1-4).
VIII. THE COVENANT OF CHRIST IS UNIQUE
A. Jeremiah prophesied that a better covenant would replace the one given through Moses (Jeremiah 31:31-34). B. Jesus' covenant fulfilled this prophecy (Hebrews 8:6-12). C. Jesus' covenant is unique in that it provides the removal of sins.
1. The passages we have examined certainly teach that Jesus was and is unique in many ways. 2. Let us conclude with Peter's words in John 6:68.