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Sermon #2

"The Religions" Sermon Series

The superiority of the religion of Christianity, with a view to Islam.


  1. Christianity is the most historically and archaeologically supported religion in the world. It is also the largest religion in the world.
  2. The central character of the Old Testament is Jesus Christ. That is because Judaism is Christianity concealed and Christianity is Judaism revealed.
  3. The central theme of both the Old and New Testaments is the death of Christ, blood atonement and reconciling sinful man back to God, from the fall in the garden of Eden.
  4. Christianity is based upon one core historic fact: The death and resurrection of Christ.
  5. You may be surprised to learn, that very first reference to the death of Christ in the Bible, is in Gen 3:15 where God said to the devil, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." The devil bruised Jesus on the heel through crucifixion, indicating it was a minor injury from which Jesus quickly recovered three days later. Jesus, on the other hand, bruised the devil on the head through his death. Heb 2:14 says, "through death Jesus, rendered the devil powerless".
  6. We see a number of complex themes like this, woven from start to finish in the Bible. This interweaving is an evidence of divine authorship. I invite each one here to read the Bible.

The three promises God made to Abraham:

  1. "I will make you a great nation; To your descendants I will give this land; in your seed all families of the earth shall be blessed" Gen 12
  2. Between Gen 12 and Ex 33 there are at least 19 different references to the three promises to Abraham.
  3. These promises are the foundation theme, upon which the entire Bible rests.

I. Promise #1, the Great Nation promise, was fulfilled in Egypt in 1500 BC

Physically fulfilled:

But there is a Spiritual fulfillment of the great nation promise in Christians and the church that many miss:

II. Promise #2, the Land promise, was fulfilled in 1440 BC when Israel crossed the Jordan

Physically fulfilled:

  1. The parable of the Big Dinner in Lk 14:16-24
  2. The parable of the Marriage Feast in Mt 22:1-14
  3. The parable of the Wicked Vine-growers in Mt 21:33-46
  4. The parable of the Fruitless Fig Tree in Lk 13:6-9

Have you ever considered the Land promise being spiritually fulfilled in the paradise of heaven?

Now if you think the great nation promise and the land promise are exciting, wait till you hear about the seed promise!

III. Promise #3, the Seed promise, was fulfilled at the cross in 30 AD

IV. Abraham's reverse reenactment ritual of the crucifixion of Christ.

  1. In the Islamic pilgrimage, "The Throw" is a reenactment ritual based upon the mythical story of where Abraham is said to throw stones at the Devil when he was about to sacrifice Ishmael.
  2. Of course the question is, "was it Ishmael as the Muslims say, or Isaac, as the Bible says?"
  3. But what do Christians say? None of the above!
  4. Through Isaac, Abraham was really sacrificed Christ!
  5. This is exactly what Heb 11:17-19 says, "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, "In Isaac your descendants shall be called." He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type."

    Did you catch the two key phrases? "only begotten son" and "as a type"?

    Abraham was really offering Christ on that alter.

    Isaac was Abraham's only begotten son, just as Christ was God's only begotten son.

  6. Has it occurred to you yet, that Abraham actually performed a reenactment ritual of the death of Christ on that alter? Except he was looking forward to the cross. We call this type and antitype.
  7. In Acts 20:7, Christians had the Lord's supper every Sunday, and performed a reenactment ritual that looks back to the death of Christ.
  8. So in Isaac, Abraham was looking forward to the cross and in the Lord's Supper, Christians look back to the cross.
  9. Any anyone dare stand up here and say the Bible is not inspired? It is an utterly amazing book! I would love you to read it!

V. The Jewish Passover lamb is really Christ!

  1. In the Jewish Passover, God spared the first born of every Jew that applied the blood to their door. But they had to first select a young lamb without blemish, and they were not permitted to break any bones.
  2. Every Passover, the Jews were really crucifying Christ when the killed that Passover lamb. Like that Passover lamb, Christ was young, without sin and although they broke the legs of the thieves crucified on either side, Jesus' legs they did not break! A perfect fulfillment!
  3. Christ on the cross is a perfect match for the Jewish Passover lamb. 1 Cor 5:7 actually says, "Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed."
  4. But what is even more fascinating, is that every year, when the Jewish High priest took the blood from the Passover lamb and sprinkled it on the ark of the covenant, the sins of the people were not actually forgiven, but merely pushed forward next year.
  5. Its kind of like when the judge gives you an extra year before you must pay the fine.
  6. This is just as Hebrews 10:3-4 says, "But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins."
  7. But the sinless blood of Christ does forgive sins just as Hebrews 10:10-12 says, "By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every [Jewish] priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but Christ, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,"
  8. So when Christ died on the cross his blood forgave the cumulative sins of the whole Jewish nation even back to Adam and forward to every sin any man will ever commit!

VI. Water Baptism

Water baptism by immersion is a reenactment of the Death of Christ: Rom 6:3-4 says "Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."

So in the physical action of water baptism, a sinner reenacts the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. When the sinner goes down into the waters of baptism, he dies and is buried. At that point he is dead to self and sin, and he rises from the waters of baptism to new life in Christ and is born again. V7 says "for he who has died is freed from sin."

Gal 2:20 says ""I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me"

So water baptism is a reenactment ritual where the sinner crucifies himself and comes in contact with the saving blood of Christ that He shed in His death on the cross.

Jesus said in Mark 16:16, ""He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved

VII. The death of Christ is the central focus of the Christianity!

VIII. So the fulfillment of the 3 promises to Abraham involve three things:

  1. Great nation promise: becoming a descendant of Abraham by faith in Christ.
  2. Seed promise: having your sins forgiven by the blood of the crucified son of God
  3. Land promise: living forever in the promised land of heaven with God.


This is a Christians view of Christianity.

Thank you for your kind attention.

  Written by Brother Andrew


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