Jesus Film Bible Study Part 1

Bible Study 1

Luke 1:26-27, 31  In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

Since Adam and Eve, every person has come into this world through two parents. Why was Jesus’ birth so special?

The Bible teaches that the coming of Jesus in a supernatural way to earth is a sign that carries great significance. It is a sign that God Himself will come to earth in flesh to dwell with men.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).

Do you believe it is possible for God to take on the form of a man?

Nothing is impossible with God and if God wants to take the form of a man to come to us, should we think that it is not possible?

Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Why was Jesus called Son of God? Is it possible for God to have a physical son?

The Bible did not teach that God has taken Mary as a wife in order that Mary might give birth to Jesus. Instead, the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and he was given the ability to bear a child even though she was a virgin.

Jesus is called Son of God for these possible reasons.

  1. Jesus has a special relationship with the Father. The closeness of this relationship is likened to a father-son relationship. (Matthew 11:27) No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son…
  2. Jesus bears the nature of God. This is similar to our expression “Like father, like son.” (John 14:7-9) If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well…. Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
  3. Jesus submits to his Father in loving obedience just as a son submits to his father. (John 14:31) … that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

Luke 1:35 Therefore The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

The Bible calls Jesus the “holy one”. Do you think it is possible for man to be sinless?

There may be spiritual leaders that we respect because they are holier than us. However, there is no one who can claim that he has not committed any sin.

Jesus dared to challenge anyone who could point out a sin that he has committed. He said he always pleased God.

Jesus said in John 8:29,46 “I always do what pleases Him (God). Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me?”

Luke 2:46-47 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

The people in the temple so amazed that Jesus possessed so much knowledge about God. Jesus was so knowledgeable about the things of God because Jesus is the Word of God.

John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

Do you think the word of God is eternal?

God’s word is eternal because there was not a time that God was without his ability to communicate. Since the Word is eternal and Jesus is the Word, therefore Jesus is also eternal. Only God is eternal. That is why John 1:1 teaches Jesus, the Word of God, is God.

If Jesus was born on earth 2000 years ago, how can he be eternal?

The word of God is eternal. But the eternal word of God can take on physical form at a particular point in time.

John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

In a similar way, the eternal word of God can also take on physical form when it is printed in the form of a book. Even though the book has a beginning, the Word of God existed from eternity.

Jesus also taught that he was eternal. At one time, he told the Jews that he existed even before Abraham. When the people heard that, they tried to stone him because they understand he was claiming to be eternal and therefore claiming to be God.

John 8:57-59 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Jesus went into the synagogue and was asked to read a portion of the Scriptures. He read from the book of Isaiah a prophecy concerning the promised Messiah.

Luke 4:16-21 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

After Jesus had finished reading, he told the crowd that this scripture has been fulfilled and that he is the Messiah. When the Jews heard that, they were angry and wanted to kill him. Why?

The Messiah that the Bible prophesied would come was no ordinary person. The Jews believed that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem and that the Messiah would be divine.

John 7:42  Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” (Christ is Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah)

The Christ or Messiah that they were expecting to come from Bethlehem was no ordinary prophet but someone whose origin is from ancient days.

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5.2

(The term “from ancient days” talks about eternal existence and is a term applied only to God, see Isa 43:12-13). You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he.

Luke 8:9-14 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

According to Jesus, does doing good deeds or fulfilling religious duties save us or not? What is it that saves us?

According to Jesus, it is not the good deeds or religious duties that save us. The Pharisee had performed good deeds but he was not saved. The person who is saved is the one who recognizes that he is a sinner and asks for the mercy of God to save him.

Do you believe that God should accept us into heaven if our good deeds are more than our bad deeds?

If I pour you a cup of water but before I serve it to you, I add a drop of ink. Would you drink it? Of course not! We will accept it only when it is 100% clean.

However, some think that God should accept them into heaven if their good deeds are more than their bad deeds. In other words, if they are 49% unclean and 51% clean, God should accept them into heaven. When we say God should accept us even though we are 49% unclean, but we reject things that are even a little unclean, we are implying that God’s standard is lower than our human standard. This cannot be true.

God will accept us only if we are totally clean. And this happens when we repent before God and ask him to forgive us and not by relying on our good deeds to outweigh the bad ones.