(#026) - Recognizing Jesus as the Messiah is Pretty Easy When You Look at the Evidence

FCOR-31-200412 - length: 108:26 - taught on Apr, 12 2020

Class Outline:

Whatever you do don't open the book of John.









Welcome To 


a Christian Church


Rory Clark



Good Morning!


Welcome to Barah Ministries…an intimate, local Christian Church with worldwide impact.  My name is Pastor Rory Clark.  


At Barah Ministries we know this truth…that Jesus Christ is God.  As Lord He is 100% Deity…He is God the Son.  He is also 100% human just like you and me and His name is Jesus Christ. 


Today we celebrate the most significant day in divine history…the day that Jesus Christ proved His Deity by being resurrected from the dead.  Welcome to our Resurrection Sunday Celebration! 




Our omniscient God, who has always known all that is knowable, knew in advance of creating His creatures we would choose to sin…that we would choose to fall…that we’d be in dire straits.  Romans, Chapter 3, Verse 23…



…for all creatures have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…


Romans, Chapter 3, Verse 10…



…as it is written, “There is no creature who is righteous…not even one…”


First Corinthians, Chapter 15, Verse 22…



For all in union with Adam at physical birth (and that is every human who comes to earth) are set to die the second death in the Lake of Fire…




Our Lord and His Father were compassionate toward us, and they crafted a solution for

our fallen state…Ephesians, Chapter 2, Verses 4 and 5…



But God the Father…being rich in mercy…because of His great unconditional love with which He loved all of us…



…even when we were spiritually dead in our transgressions…made us believers in Christ spiritually alive in union with Christ…by His grace you have been saved…




Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 8…



But God the Father demonstrates His own unconditional love toward all mankind, in that while we were yet sinners (as spiritually dead, ungodly, unrighteous unbelievers), Christ died as a sacrifice for us.




Even before we fell, in eternity past, the Lord Jesus Christ and His Father planned to offer His creatures a reconciliation. And so, the Lord…God the Son…became flesh…as Jesus Christ...and lived among us.  He is the Sovereign God of the Universe…He is the Savior of the whole world…and He is the Jewish Messiah.  John, Chapter 1, Verses 1 to 3 assert this truth…


JOHN 1:1

In the beginning (not a beginning) was the Word (The Lord…God the Son…as Deity) … and the Word (The Lord…God the Son) was with God the Father…and the Word (The Lord…God the Son) was God (Deity).




From the very beginning, the original languages of Scripture make it absolutely clear that Jesus Christ is God.  The Jehovah’s Witness bible, one of the many translations of the bible, feels free to take liberties with the translation to support their false doctrines.  Even though they acknowledge that Jesus Christ has always existed, they say Jesus Christ IS NOT EQUAL to God the Father whom they call Jehovah God.  This deception is sponsored throughout all religions by the enemy of God.



In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was with God…and the Word was like a god.


The Jehovah’s Witness translations have changed over the years, proving that they are not based on truth…that they are based on lies intended to deceive…the same lies that are typical in every religion, who hide deception very effectively within the truth to numb us to the noticing of the deception. 


I have two sons.  As their human father, I do not see them as lesser than me.  I see them as people…separate and distinct beings…equals…yet we are one.  So it is with the Godhead…the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  separate…distinct… equal…

infinite...and ONE.


Barah Ministries makes a difference by teaching the Word of God from the original languages of Scripture to reflect the Lord Jesus Christ’s perspective, while not teaching a rehash of man’s often inaccurate perspectives.  We search the Scriptures to learn who the Lord is as a Person, and to learn what our God has to say about Himself, about His plan for all mankind, and His personal plan for each of us.   



Recognizing Jesus as the Messiah is Pretty Easy When You Look at the Evidence




Many people are wandering around the planet today who have been deceived into believing there is no ABSOLUTE TRUTH.  Like mindless drones they recite the Satanic deception, “It’s all relative.”  False.  That’s a lie.  It’s all absolute.  You are on God’s team or you aren’t.  It’s pretty simple.  There are no free agents in the plan of God.


One thing is absolute...Jesus Christ is God.  In today's lesson, we'll celebrate our Lord and we’ll reflect on the evidence presented about His Deity.  If you want to know who God is, all you have to do is examine the evidence, and you will discern the absolute truth and you’ll distinguish it from absolute lies.  Anyone who says Jesus Christ is not God is lying.  What you’ll see, upon examination of the evidence is that Jesus Christ has done things for all of us, even when we were His enemies, that no one else would or could even dream of doing.




Let’s hear some music!  In Revelation, Chapter 1, Verses 17 and 18 the Lord teaches us the life lesson of His resurrection through the apostle John…



When I (John) saw Jesus, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid…I am the first (the Alpha) and the last (the Omega…the Almighty One)…”



“…and I am the living One…and I was dead…and behold, now I am alive…

forevermore…and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”


In Exodus, Chapter 3, Verses 13 and 14…



Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”


EXODUS 3:14 

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” … and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”


Here’s June Murphy to sing about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…the great I AM.



Be Occupied with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ

Enjoy the Singing of His Praises



June Murphy



Let us pray...


We’re grateful, Heavenly Father, for the privilege of studying Your absolute truth...the Word of God…


Father, thank you for the many proofs you have given to show that Jesus Christ is Your Son, and that He is the One you sent for us to count on for our “so great” salvation… thank you for giving supernatural evidence to prove that He is the Christ…the Jewish Messiah…thanks for the things Your Son said about Himself which the “natural man” … the unbeliever … considers foolish…thank you for this day, set aside EVERY YEAR to honor the Lord Jesus Christ and to call the whole world’s attention to Him…and thank you for the enemy of Your Son who seeks to blind the minds of the unbelieving, yet finds it IMPOSSIBLE to discredit Him…


Father, let this be a day when You let us feel the full impact of Your Son inside of us in such a way that it completely overwhelms every one of our senses, so that we may know without question what everyone will know one day…that Your Son is the One to whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess…of those in heaven, and of those on the earth, and of those under the earth…that Jesus Christ is Lord (He is Deity)…and that He is who He has said He is all along…


…we ask this through the power of God the Holy Spirit…in Christ’s




Recognizing Jesus as the Messiah is Pretty Easy When You Look at the Evidence


What is some of the evidence that points to Jesus Christ’s Deity?




In Luke, Chapter 1, Verses 31 to 35, an angel says to the Mother of the Lord's humanity…


LUKE 1:31

“And behold…you (Mary) will conceive in your womb and bear a son…and you shall name Him Jesus.”


LUKE 1:32 

“He will be great and He will be called the Son of the Most High…and the Lord God (God the Father) will give Jesus the throne of His father David…”


LUKE 1:33 

“…and Jesus will reign over the house of Jacob forever…and His kingdom will have no end.”


LUKE 1:34 

Mary said to the angel, "How can this be since I am a virgin (literally…since I don’t know a man)?”


LUKE 1:35 

The angel answered and said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you…and the divine power of the Most High will overshadow you…and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”


Only someone with no sin could solve the sin problem!




Hebrews, Chapter 4, Verse 15…



For we believers in Christ do not have a high priest (in Jesus) who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses…but we have One who has been tempted in all things just as we are…yet He is without sin. 


Jesus is uniquely qualified to solve the sin problem.




John, Chapter 15, Verse 13 in literal translation says…


JOHN 15:13

Greater than this unconditional love…no one has for you…in that Jesus Christ would lay down His life for all of you…His friends.




Ephesians, Chapter 2, Verse 1…



At physical birth, all mankind was born spiritually dead in trespasses and sins…


Philippians, Chapter 2, Verse 8…



Being found in appearance as a man, Jesus humiliated Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death…even death on a Cross.


Jesus voluntarily died the most horrid death imaginable for YOU!




Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 10…



For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God the Father through the death of His Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by Jesus’s resurrection life.


Jesus gave us direct access to His Father by paying the sin debt.


When we return from our five-minute break, we’ll take your offering, we’ll celebrate The Lord’s Supper, and then we’ll end our Resurrection Celebration with a story that happened after the Lord’s resurrection from the dead.




Casting Crowns



Recognizing Jesus as the Messiah is Pretty Easy When You Look at the Evidence


The work that the Lord Jesus Christ did at the Cross was done so that we might RECEIVE reconciliation, giving us direct access to a relationship with God the Father.  The Lord broke down the barrier of the dividing wall…sin…that separated us from God the Father.  The Lord’s resurrection from the dead was a gift to us so that we might RECEIVE this truth in our hearts…that Jesus Christ is the Lord…He is God.  His resurrection from the dead allowed us to RECEIVE the victory in the Creator-creature conflict.  Yet the Lord’s messages to us are always about giving to others, and not about receiving at all.  Acts, Chapter 20, Verse 35 says…


ACTS 20:35

"In everything, I (Paul) showed you that…you must help the weak and you must remember the words of the Lord Jesus…that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”


Obey Him!  Be generous to others just as the Lord is generous to you.  Let your giving reflect His generosity.  Let’s welcome up Deacon Denny Goodall with the offering message.



Deacon Denny Goodall





But resist the devil, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are occurring among your brethren (other believers in Christ) who are in the world.





After you have suffered for a little while, the God and Father of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in union with Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.




David Bauer, Instrumental



Recognizing Jesus as the Messiah is Pretty Easy When You Look at the Evidence


Let’s remember Jesus in the way He told us to remember Him.


The Lord’s Supper Elements


Obeying our Lord’s command, we keep on celebrating the Christ and His Cross

regularly.  We eat to remember who He is as a PERSON.  We drink to remember His WORK on the Cross…the voluntary sacrifice He made to deliver us.  We remember with gratitude what God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ have done to save us.  In John, Chapter 6, Verses 48 to 58 the Lord instructs us…  


JOHN 6:48
“I (the Lord Jesus Christ) am the bread of life.”


JOHN 6:49 

“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.”


JOHN 6:50 

“This manna is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.”


JOHN 6:51 

“I (the Lord Jesus Christ) am the living bread that came down out of heaven…if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever…and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”


JOHN 6:52 

Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”


JOHN 6:53 

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no resurrection life in yourselves.” 


Only blood atones for sin, and Jesus is referring to His death on the Cross.


JOHN 6:54 

“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”


JOHN 6:55 

“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.”


JOHN 6:56 

“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in union with Me, and I indwelling him.”


Faith in Christ is the ticket to eternal life.


JOHN 6:57 

“As the living God, the Father, sent Me…and I (the Lord Jesus Christ) live because of God the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.”



JOHN 6:58 

“This is the bread which came down out of heaven…not as the manna the fathers ate and died…he who eats this bread (faith in Christ) will live forever.””


On the night the Lord was betrayed He offered the BREAD…and He said, “Take this bread and eat…it is my body which will be broken for you.”  Then He took the CUP… “This cup is my blood…the blood of a new testament…blood being poured out for you for the forgiveness of your sins.”


Let’s follow His instructions, “Keep on doing this in memory of me.”  Let’s keep on

being transformed by His life…His death…His burial…His resurrection from the dead…and His Word. 




Let’s celebrate with music!  Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 28 says…



And we believers in Christ know that God the Father causes all things to work together for good to those who love God the Father…to those who are called according to His purpose (that’s believers in Christ).


Romans, Chapter 8, Verses 31 and 32 say…



What then shall we believers in Christ say face-to-face with all these things? If God is for us, and of course He is, who is successful against us?


ROMANS 8:32 

God the Father…who did not spare His own Son (the Lord…Jesus Christ) but delivered Him over (as a sin substitute) for us all…how will the Father, now that we believers are in union with Christ, not also freely give us all things? 


It’s a “no-brainer.”  Here’s one of June Murphy’s new songs…GOD WORKS ALL THINGS to tell us all about it.



Be Occupied with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ

Enjoy the Singing of His Praises



June Murphy



Recognizing Jesus as the Messiah is Pretty Easy When You Look at the Evidence


Let’s close with an amazing and emotional post-resurrection story in Luke, Chapter 24, Verses 1 to 58…


LUKE 24:1

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women who had come with Joseph of Arimathea out of Galilee came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.


LUKE 24:2 

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb…


LUKE 24:3 

…but when they entered the tomb, the women did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.


LUKE 24:4 

While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men (angels) suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing (clothes that gleamed like lightning)…


LUKE 24:5 

…and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 


LUKE 24:6 

“Jesus is not here, but He has risen (from the dead). Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee…” 


LUKE 24:7 

“…saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men (unbelievers)…and be crucified…and on the third day rise again?”


LUKE 24:8 

And the women remembered the Lord’s words…


LUKE 24:9 

…and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.


LUKE 24:10 

Now the women were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James…also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.


LUKE 24:11 

But these words seemed like nonsense to the apostles, and they would not believe the women.


LUKE 24:12 

But Peter got up and ran to the tomb…and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen

wrappings only…and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.


LUKE 24:13 

And behold, two of the apostles were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.


LUKE 24:14 

And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place.


LUKE 24:15 

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.


LUKE 24:16 

But their eyes were prevented by God from recognizing Jesus.


LUKE 24:17 

And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad.


LUKE 24:18 

One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem who is unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?”


LUKE 24:19 

And Jesus said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and in word in the sight of God the Father and in the sight of all the people…


LUKE 24:20 

…and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death and crucified Him.


LUKE 24:21 

But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.


LUKE 24:22 

But also, some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning…


LUKE 24:23 

…and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.



LUKE 24:24 

Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said…but Jesus they did not see.”


LUKE 24:25 

And Jesus said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!”


LUKE 24:26 

“Was it not necessary for the Christ (the Jewish Messiah) to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”


LUKE 24:27 

Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, Jesus explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.


LUKE 24:28 

And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther.


LUKE 24:29 

But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So Jesus went in to stay with them.


LUKE 24:30 

When Jesus had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them.


LUKE 24:31 

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him…and He vanished from their sight.


LUKE 24:32 

They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 


LUKE 24:33 

And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them…


LUKE 24:34 

…saying, “The Lord has really risen from the dead and has appeared to Simon.”


LUKE 24:35 

They began to relate their experiences on the road and how Jesus was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

LUKE 24:36 

While they were telling these things, Jesus Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.”


LUKE 24:37 

But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit.


LUKE 24:38 

And Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled…and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” 


LUKE 24:39 

“See My hands and My feet…that it is I Myself…touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 


LUKE 24:40 

And when Jesus had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.


LUKE 24:41 

While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 


LUKE 24:42 

They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish…


LUKE 24:43 

…and He took it and ate it before them.


LUKE 24:44 

Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 


LUKE 24:45

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures…


LUKE 24:46 

…and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ (the Jewish Messiah) would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day…”


LUKE 24:47 

“…and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”


LUKE 24:48 

“You are witnesses of these things.”


LUKE 24:49 

“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you…but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”


LUKE 24:50 

And Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.


LUKE 24:51 

While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 


LUKE 24:52 

And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy…


LUKE 24:53 

…and were continually in the temple praising God.


Those joyous words…HE HAS RISEN!  First Peter, Chapter 1, Verse 3…



Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy (when we were sinners) has caused us believers in Christ to be born again (the spiritual birth) to a living hope (a certain and real hope) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…


First Peter, Chapter 1, Verses 8 and 9…



…and although you have not seen the Lord, you love Him…and although you do not see Him now, but believe in Him…you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory…



…obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.


There are many convincing proofs presented by the Bible that Jesus Christ is God.  Yet for those who ignore evidence, no proof will be sufficient until the judgment day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess what we believers in Christ already know…that Jesus is the Christ…the Jewish Messiah!  Praise be to our almighty God!



Make the Most Important Decision of Your Life


The closing moments of our study are for the benefit of anyone who does not have a personal relationship with the Sovereign God of the Universe, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We want you to know that GOD WANTS YOU. 


Here are seven things for you to consider if you are seeking a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.



There is a God…He is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth


The first four words of the bible confirm His existence…Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 1…



In the beginning, GOD…


God isn’t shy about telling you who He is…Joel, Chapter 2, Verse 27…


JOEL 2:27b

I am the Lord your God, and there is no other God…


He is your Creator…John, Chapter 1, Verse 3…


JOHN 1:3

All things came into being through the Lord…God the Son…and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.



God Reveals Himself in Ways that Make Sense to Human Beings


God wants you to know Him…He is not hiding from you…He is not mysterious or hard to get to know…Romans, Chapter 1, Verse 20…



For since the creation of the world the Lord's invisible attributes, His eternal power, and His DEITY, keep on being clearly seen by everyone… being understood even through what has been made (as reflected in the things of nature)…so that all mankind is without excuse (in the matter of knowledge of the existence of the Lord).


God doesn’t work in mysterious ways…He is completely predictable.



God Has a Plan for All Mankind


God is organized…Acts, Chapter 2, Verse 23 tells us the earth and the universe were created…


ACTS 2:23a

…by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God the Father…


…God made all of His decisions in eternity past.



God Has a Personal Plan for You


God knows you intimately because He created you.  Matthew, Chapter 10, Verse 30 says…



“…the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”


God custom made a life specifically for you.



God Created You


You are one of God’s creatures and He had a purpose in mind when He created you.  Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 26…



Then God the Father said, “Let Us (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) make man in Our image…according to Our likeness…”


You are a spiritual being, and as such, you require a spiritual life.



You Owe God a Hearing


Since God created you, you at least owe him a hearing.  He has placed a desire inside of you to know what is beyond yourself and what is beyond this life that is visible to you.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, Verse 11…



The Lord has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set a (desire for a) knowledge of eternity in everyone’s heart…


Do you spend ANY of your time getting to know God?



God’s Enemy, SATAN, Does Not Want You to Know God


Satan does everything he can to keep you ignorant about God.  Second Corinthians, Chapter 4, Verse 4…



…the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…who is the image of God.


Are you aware of the ways Satan is lying to you about God?


There is nothing more important for you in this life than getting into a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  John, Chapter 1, Verse 12…


JOHN 1:12 

But whosoever received Him, to them the Lord Jesus Christ gave the right to become children of God the Father, even to those who believe in Jesus Christ’s name…


Acts, Chapter 16, Verse 31…


ACTS 16:31

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and everyone in your household who also believes.” 


John, Chapter 3, Verse 36…


JOHN 3:36

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life (right at that moment) … but he who does not obey the command to believe in the Son will not see the resurrection life…instead the wrath of God (the Lake of Fire) abides on him.”


Consider these things and then get to know the Lord…TODAY!  Believe in Him now!




Let’s close with music!  Luke, Chapter 22, Verse 70…


LUKE 22:70

The Council of elders, both the chief priests and the scribes all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes, I am.”


Jesus was constantly affirming His Deity all the way up to His death on a Cross.  He proved it by being resurrected from the dead.  If you remember nothing else from this lesson, remember this…JESUS CHRIST IS GOD…here’s June Murphy, with one of her new songs, to sing about it.




June Murphy                                







Let us pray...


Thanks for coming!

Thanks for watching!

Thanks for listening!














December 2023
26272829301 Fri2 Sat
3 Sun4 Mon5 Tue6 Wed7 Thu8 Fri9 Sat
10 Sun11 Mon12 Tue13 Wed14 Thu15 Fri16 Sat
17 Sun18 Mon19 Tue20 Wed21 Thu22 Fri23 Sat
24 Sun25 Mon26 Tue27 Wed28 Thu29 Fri30 Sat
31 Sun123456
© Barah Ministries, Inc.
© Rory Clark
All Rights Reserved.