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Jesus the Son of GOD

His Birth

 

The gospels of Luke and Matthew describe Jesus being born in Bethlehem, in Judea, to a virgin mother, Mary, and a carpenter Joseph.  Luke features the Christmas story, in which Joseph and Mary, as part of a census, travel to Bethlehem, where Jesus is born and laid in a manger.  Angels proclaim Him a savior for all people, and shepherds come to adore Him.  In Matthew, wise men follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the King of the Jews.  King Herod massacres all the toddler boys in Bethlehem to kill Jesus, but the holy family flees to Egypt and later settles in Nazareth. 

Luke's account of Jesus' birth

Matthew's account of Jesus' birth

 

His Life
 

Jesus is revealed as the King of kings.  His miraculous birth, His life and teaching, His miracles, and His triumph over death show His true identity.  Jesus cannot be equated with any person or power.  He is the supreme ruler of time and eternity, heaven and earth, humans and angels. We should give Him His rightful place as King of our life.

Jesus is the Messiah, the one for whom the Jews had awaited to deliver them from Roman oppression.  Yet, tragically, they didn't recognize Him when He came because His kingship wasn't what they expected.  The true purpose of God's anointed deliverer was to die for all people to free them from sin's oppression.  Because Jesus was sent by God, we can trust Him with our life.  It is worth everything we have to acknowledge Him and give ourselves to Him, because He came to be our Messiah, our Savior.

Jesus came to earth to begin His Kingdom.  His full Kingdom will be realized at His return and will be made up of anyone who has faithfully followed Him.  The way to enter God's Kingdom is by faith -- believing in Christ to save us from sin and change our life.  We must do the work of His Kingdom now to be prepared for His return.

Jesus taught the people through sermons, illustrations, and parables.  Through His teachings, He showed the true ingredients of faith and how to guard against a fruitless and hypocritical life.  Jesus' teachings show us how to prepare for life in His eternal Kingdom by living properly right now.  He lived what He taught, and we, too, must practice what we teach.

When Jesus rose from the dead, He rose in power as the true King.  In His victory over death, He established His credentials as King and His power and authority over evil.  The resurrection shows Jesus' all-powerful life for us -- not even death could stop His plan for offering eternal life.  Those who believe in Jesus can hope for a resurrection like His.  Our role is to tell His story to all the earth so that everyone may share in His victory.

 

His Death and Resurrection
 

Jesus' crucifixion is described in all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).  Jesus' suffering was foretold in Old Testament scripture such as in Psalm 22, and Isaiah's songs of the suffering servant.  Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane following the Last Supper with the Twelve Apostles, and forced to stand trial before Pontius Pilate, and Herod Antipas, before being handed over for crucifixion.  After being flogged, Jesus was mocked by Roman soldiers as the "King of the Jews", clothed in a purple robe, crowned with thorns, beaten and spat on.  Jesus then had to make His way to the place of his crucifixion.

Once at Golgotha, Jesus was offered wine mixed with gall to drink.  Matthew's and Mark's Gospels record that He refused this.  He was then crucified and hung between two convicted thieves.  According to Mark's Gospel, He endured the torment of crucifixion for some six hours from the third hour, at approximately 9 am, until His death at the ninth hour, corresponding to about 3 pm.  The soldiers affixed a sign above His head stating "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" in three languages, divided His garments and cast lots for His seamless robe.  The Roman soldiers did not break Jesus' legs, as they did to the other two men crucified (breaking the legs hastened the crucifixion process), as Jesus was dead already.  

Each gospel has its own account of Jesus' last words, seven statements altogether.  In the some gospels, various supernatural events accompany the crucifixion, including darkness, an earthquake, and (in Matthew) the resurrection of saints.  Following Jesus' death, His body was removed from the cross and buried in a tomb.  Jesus then rose from the dead on the third day.

 

 

 

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