“Do you see Him, do you see Him?!” the little boy whispered, while tugging on his father’s robe. “Shh, Simon. Patience. He will be here soon. Can you hear the crowd getting louder?” John asked his son. He was trying to appear calm, but his beating heart and sweating palms gave him away. He and his son were in a crowd of hundreds waiting to see Jesus of Nazareth. People were claiming that Jesus was the Messiah they had been waiting for.
John was skeptical, so he thought he would go see for himself.
Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, the city of David. While this might seem ordinary to some, the circumstances leading up to were not. Mary was betrothed to marry Joseph, but before they had slept together, she found out she was pregnant. Joseph was ready to call it off quietly, when an angel of the Lord came to him saying, “ Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save His people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:20,21) Joseph then took Mary home as his wife, and they did not lay together until Jesus was born. This proves to us Jesus was born of God, not of man. He was God’s son, blameless, pure, and holy. (Mt.1:18-24)
Every year Jesus and His parents would travel to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. The year when Jesus was twelve, they went as usual; however, after the Feast
days. They found Him in the Temple teaching the teachers. (Luke 2:41-50) “When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have you
treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously been searching for you.’ ‘Why were you searching for me?’ Jesus asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house’?” (Luke 2:48,49) He then left with His parents back to Nazareth “and was obedient to them.” (Luke 2:51b) This shows Jesus’ love for His Heavenly Father, as well as His respect and obedience to His earthly parents.
John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, had been “preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is near’.” (Matt 3:1b,2) He was preaching the way for Jesus and fulfilling Isaiah’s prophesy, “A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our Lord’.” (Isa. 40:3) People from all over Jerusalem were coming to be baptized by John the Baptist. Though he baptized them, he made sure all his actions pointed toward Jesus. (Matt. 3:1-12) “ I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 3:11) While John was at the Jordan River baptizing, Jesus came and asked John to baptize him. “But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let is be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented.” (Matt 3:14,15)
After Jesus came up from the water “ A voice from heaven said, ‘this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’.” (Matt 3:17) Jesus was setting an example for us to follow. Baptism represents our death to sin, and our new life in Christ. After his baptism, “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Matt. 4:1) Jesus was in the desert for forty days and nights,0 and Satan tempted him the entire time. Jesus used scripture to fight Satan, and Jesus came out the victor of the battle.(Matt. 4:1-11)
Soon after his temptation, Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been put into prison, he then left Nazareth and went back up to Galilee. (Matt. 4:12-17) There he began to preach “repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matt. 4:17) “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew.” (Matt 4:18) They were fisherman and were busy putting their nets into the sea when Jesus called, “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19) They instantly dropped their nets and followed Him. A little while later “he saw two other brothers, James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John.” (Matt. 4:21) Jesus called out to them and they too left their boat and nets and followed Jesus. (Matt. 4:18-22) Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding celebration in Cana in Galilee. His mother came and informed him that all the wine was gone. He then told the servants to fill six barrels full of water. The servants “filled them to the brim. Then He told them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet’.” (John 2:7,8) When the master of the banquet tasted the wine he declared it the best wine he had ever had. (John 2:1-10) Jesus “thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him.” (John 2:11) Jesus and His disciples “went up to the Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. (Mk. 1:21) People there were amazed at the way He taught with such authority. While he was teaching a demon-possessed man came calling, “What do you want from us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!” (Mk. 1:24) Jesus commanded the demon to leave the man. (Mk. 1:21-26) “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘what is this? A new teaching- and with authority! He gives orders to evil spirits and they obey Him.’ News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee’.” (Mk.1: 27,28)
“Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon.” (Luke 4:38a) When he arrived there Simon’s mother-in-law was very ill. Jesus healed her; and by that evening many sick and demon-possessed people were coming to be healed. In the morning, Jesus went to a quiet place to be alone. When the people found him, they tried to persuade him to stay. (Luke 4:38-42) “But He said, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’ And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judah.” (Luke 4: 43,44)
Jesus’ ministry of preaching the good news and healing the sick lasted for three years. During that time he healed many (Mk. 1:21-34); walked on water (Matt. 8:23-27); fed five thousand men with two fish and five barley loaves (Matt 14:13-21); and raised Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:1-46) These are only a few of the things that Jesus did in those three years. His greatest act of love; however, was yet to come.
The Pharisees had been plotting for some time to kill Jesus (Matt.26:3-5) and one of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, gave them the plan. (Luke 22:1-6) The plot was carried out a few days later up at the Mount of Olives. Jesus was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin. (Mk. 14:46-53)
“The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put Him to death, but they could not find any. Many testified falsely against Him, but their statements did not agree.” (Mk. 14:55,56) The only thing that could be used against Jesus were lies. After accusing Him of blasphemy. “They all condemned Him as worthy of death. Then some began to spit at Him; they blindfolded Him and struck Him with their fists, and said, ‘Prophesy!’ And the guards took Him and beat Him.” (Mk. 14:64b, 65)
Early that the morning the chief priest and the Sanhedrin came to a decision. They sent Jesus to Pilate. “ ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ asked Pilate. ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied.” (Mk. 15:2) Pilate realized that Jesus was innocent of all they had accused Him. (Mk. 15:9-10,14) “ Now it was the custom at the feast to release a prisoner the people requested.” (Mk. 15:6) Pilate asked the people if they wanted him to release Jesus or Barabbas (a known murderer). The people chose Barabbas. (Mk. 15:9-14) For Jesus they cried, “Crucify Him!” (Mk. 15:13) “ Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to the crowd. He had Jesus flogged, and handed Him over to be crucified.” (Mk.15: 15)
“So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the skull (which in Aramaic is Golgotha). They crucified Him and with two others- one each side and Jesus in the middle.” (John 19:16b-18) Jesus hung on the cross for our sins. He bled and died so we would have life. His last words were, “ ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30)
Jesus’ body was taken by Joseph of Arimathea, one of Jesus’ disciples. He wrapped Jesus’ body and put Him in his own tomb. He then put a huge stone in front of the entrance and left. (Matt. 27:57-60)
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.” (Matt. 28:1) When they got there, they found the tomb empty. Both of them stood there crying when an angel appeared before them. “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.” (Matt. 28:5-7) Jesus appeared to His disciples and many others after his resurrection. After forty days of teaching, Jesus was taken back up into Heaven. (Acts 1:1-11) The world has never been the same.
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