INTRO: We are back in the four Gospels of the NT after having missed a number of Sundays. Let me just remind you where we have been. We have looked at the introduction of the Messiah to the world by John and Luke. We have also covered the point I called the introduction of the Messiah to the world. We looked at the accounts of both the conceptions and births of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. We looked briefly at the ministry of John the Baptist, and had just looked at the Baptism of Jesus Christ. Jesus is now about 30 years old, and His brief 2 year ministry is about to begin.
We are now going to make a transition in this message and the next section is a big one. Our transition is from the point of the Messiah's introduction to the world, to His authentication to the world. As I have outlined this third section, it will give to us four lines of evidence that Jesus Christ was truly the Messiah. This is the authentication. The first one we will look at is Christ's authentication by His bloodline. The second is His authentication by testing. The third is His authentication by John the Baptist. The fourth and final authentication comes from His works and His words, and this is the biggest section. The very life of Christ Himself, what He did and what He said, gives the strongest evidence that can possibly be given.