Consider the Claims of Christ this Christmas: ‘I am not of this world’

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.” John 3:31 (NIV)

John the Baptist testifies Jesus is from above, ‘the one who came from heaven.’

But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” John 8:23 (NIV)

Jesus confirms John’s testimony with the words—’I am from above,’ and, ‘I am not of this world.’

If Jesus isn’t who he said he was, these claims make him out to be a space alien or a mad man.

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God…John 13:3 (NIV)

Jesus was aware of his impending death and resurrection. He told his disciples several times what was to happen in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21; Luke 9: 22). Here, at the last supper, Jesus goes on to wash his disciples feet. His last object lesson instructs them to lead from a position of humility by loving service to others.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us... I John 3:16 (NIV)

The following day Jesus was tortured horrifically and killed. He took the judgement for the sins of the world on himself so we might stand blameless before God. Oh, how great is the grace of God!

But the story doesn’t end at the cross—on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. He is alive!

He returned to God and sits at the right hand of His throne. This is what I believe and am convinced of—

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Matthew 16:15 (NIV)

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