MorningStar Ranch Ministries

Lesson Three


Christianity differs from all religions, because it is not a religion. The world is full of religions and they all have one thing in common. They all have a life style, regimen or set of rules whereby finite man can earn or attain a place in heaven with an infinite GOD. Christianity is the result of an infinite GOD reaching down to finite man and giving him salvation as a gift… it is the life of the Son of GOD made living in man. CHRIST is Christianity and Christianity is CHRIST. HE is the supreme subject of each book of the New Testament, and fulfills all the promises of GOD in the Old Testament, from HIS incarnation to HIS Second Coming as "LORD of lords and King of kings" (Rev. 17:14). HE is the GOD-man CHRIST JESUS in glory, exalted above all creatures. JESUS said, "All authority has been given to ME in heaven and on earth" (Matt. 28:18).

During HIS earthly ministry, HE claimed to be GOD incarnate (in human flesh). HE is all that HE claimed to be, or HE is less than the least (Rev. 1:8). Before HIS claim can be denied there are some things that must be accounted for:

His virgin birth:

His holy, sinless life;

His many miracles; his vicarious death and HIS bodily resurrection.



John 1:1

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD and the Word was GOD."

The deity of JESUS CHRIST, or HIS GOD nature, is well established in the New Testament. Some of the facts are:





Romans 1:3,4

"concerning HIS Son, who was born of a descendent of David according to the flesh"

The humanity of JESUS CHRIST is seen in HIS human parentage (Matt. 2:11).

HE was hungry (Matt. 4:2).

HE was thirsty (John 19:28).

HE was weary (John 4:6).

HE wept (John 11:35).

HE was tempted (Heb. 4:15).

JESUS is man, and yet HE is more than man. He is not GOD and man, but the GOD-man. HE is GOD in human flesh. HIS two natures are bound together in such a way that the two become one, having a single consciousness and will. But that is far above our ability to reason and understand. We will look at this more when we get to the death of JESUS CHRIST.




Luke 1:26-35

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, "Hail, favored one! The Lord {is} with you." But she was greatly troubled at {this} statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. "And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end. " And Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of GOD.

The virgin birth of JESUS CHRIST is without parallel in human history. It was by the virgin birth that GOD became man, one perfect person but two natures. One nature being that of Almighty GOD, the other being that of man… man without sin (Hebrews 4:15). The union of the two natures became the GOD-man CHRIST JESUS.




Phillipians 2:8

"And being found in appearance as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."

The death of JESUS CHRIST is mentioned more than 120 times in the New Testament and is spoken of many time by the prophets in the Old Testament.




Matthew 28:1-20

"Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first {day} of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow; and the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. "He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. "And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you." And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus *said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they shall see Me."

Now while they were on their way, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.

And when they had assembled with the elders and counseled together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.' "And if this should come to the governor's ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble." And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, {and is} to this day.

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain, which Jesus had designated. And when they saw Him, they worshiped {Him}; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. "

JESUS said, "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25). The resurrection of JESUS CHRIST was the doctrine of every disciple, the faith of every true believer, the courage of every martyr, the theme of every sermon, and the power of every evangelist. It is the single most important event in the history of the world and what you believe about it is the single most important thing you will ever decide.

Luke tells that we have "many convincing proofs" according to eyewitnesses:

Many of these eyewitnesses died martyrs’ because they preached the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST. They were glad to die for a living CHRIST. They had the "convincing proofs."

When JESUS was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, all of HIS disciples "left HIM and fled" (Matt. 26:56). From this time until after HIS resurrection, the disciples lived in fear. They did not believe that HE would rise form the dead (John 20:9). Had JESUS not come from the dead, the cross would have been the end of Christianity. After the death of JESUS, we see HIS disciples dejected, discouraged, and defeated. The death of JESUS meant but one thing to them: the end. How do we account for the great change that came into their lives three days and three nights later? The only logical explanation is they had the "convincing proofs" HE had risen from the dead, and was alive forevermore. They saw HIM, talked with HIM, touched HIM and ate with HIM.

Now look at some "convincing proofs" according to circumstantial evidence:





Acts 1:9-11

"and after HE had said these things, HE was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received HIM out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while HE was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; and they also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This JESUS who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched HIM go into heaven."

After forty days of instructing HIS disciples, the risen CHRIST ascended up on high and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 10:12). Two men brought the message of HIS second coming to the apostles: "This JESUS, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way…" The message of the second coming of JESUS is so important, that it is mentioned over three hundred times in the New Testament.

JESUS CHRIST is coming back to this earth again. Maranatha LORD… "Come, LORD JESUS"

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