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Jesus, The Christ

Introduction

Jesus was born in Israel 2000 years ago. For His first thirty years, Jesus lived a traditional Jewish life, working as a carpenter. During this time, all of Israel was under Caesar’s Roman dictatorship, including Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and Nazareth, where he was raised.

In His thirties, Jesus began his public teaching and display of recorded miracles, yet still never travelled more than 200 miles from his birthplace. Over a three year period, Jesus’ reputation spread nation wide. The story of Jesus is the story of the life of the greatest man who ever lived.


Jesus’ Birth

Jesus Christ was much more than a man. He was and is the Son of God. The story of His human existence is told in the first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) commonly called the gospels. But in a larger sense the whole Bible revolves around Christ. As early as the first book in the Bible God promised Abraham that in his seed all nations of the earth would be blessed. This promise was fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus’ Birth And Baptism

Two of the strongest proofs of the inspiration of the Bible are the prophecies in the Old Testament and the person of Christ in the New Testament. These two evidences are united in the Messianic prophecies.

The Bible gives us two pictures of Christ, the ‘picture of prophecy’ as found in the Old Testament prediction of the Messiah and the ‘picture of the eyewitnesses’ as found in the account given in the four gospels. Jesus, The Christ Of Prophecy

If we grant that he is the Son of God, then we must also accept the testimony relating to his virgin birth, his miracles, and his bodily resurrection. We will obey his commands, live the life that he dictates, and expect the eternal home that he has promised.

On the other hand, if we deny his deity we must consider him the grossest imposter of all time. We must likewise renounce his way of life and his promises of life after death. The Deity of The Christ

Jesus was fully God and fully man and He left us an example of what we must do when we hunger, thirst, get weary and sorrowful, just like Jesus we should cry out to our Father in Heaven. It’s all about our relationship with the Father and Jesus gave us the supreme example in prayer. If Jesus Is God, Does That Mean He Was Praying To Himself?


Jesus’ Ministry

The personal teaching ministry of Jesus lasted about three and a half years. During this time, He travelled over Palestine, performing miracles and teaching a new way of life. At the end of this time He was arrested and crucified at Calvary, surrendering His life that the world might be redeemed. Jesus’ Ministry

The life of Christ is the most important event in the history of the world. Every Bible student should obtain as clear an understanding of the leading events as possible and associate them with the places where they occurred. The chronological arrangement of these events is of inestimable value to any student. The Life Of Christ  

In the religious world today there seems to be many different ‘gospels’, all of which seem plausible and all of which seem to offer something to attract the unbeliever. Some offer a pain and trial free existence, some offer financial wealth and some offer both but when we listen closely to their message, we soon discover that it’s actually not the Gospel we read about in the Bible they are proclaiming. The Gospel

We need to understand that it wasn’t something that He accepted casually, on the contrary, it was an act about which He had clearly given deep thought.

How do we know this? We know this because He made a special journey in order to be baptised. The Baptism Of Jesus

Jesus wanted them to go as quickly as possible to proclaim the message that the Messiah had arrived but at the same time they needed to learn to trust God to take care of their everyday needs. Were they to take a staff or not? Is there a contradiction between the Gospel accounts? Jesus Sends Out The Twelve

Imagine being one of those disciples, imagine what it would have been like to be in the presence of Jesus, imagine what it would have been like to heal the sick and have demos obey your word! Imagine what it would be like to live your life by fact and not by faith! What a blessing that would have been. Jesus Sends Out The Seventy-Two

As Jesus passed through Jericho, a blind beggar cried out. The crowds tried to silence him, thinking that the Lord should not be bothered with such unimportant people but Jesus called the blind man to come to Him and healed him. The beggar began to follow Him. Few rich men followed the Lord, Mark 10:17-22, but many of the poor and downtrodden did. Did Jesus Heal Bartimaeus When He Was Leaving Or Approaching Jericho?

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector for the Romans, we’re told that he was wealthy but not how he came by his wealth, but because the name Zacchaeus means ‘pure’ we would assume that he became wealthy through collecting taxes, that was his job. We can also assume that he was a righteous man, and this is one of these people who remained faithful to God despite his wealth. Jesus Calls Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

We know that from reading the Gospels, Jesus spent a lot of time with the downtrodden and the outcast of society. However, there are other Gospel stories where Jesus was with the well-heeled or the well to do of society. Just because Jesus was interested in the rejected of society, didn’t mean he was uninterested in the respected of society. Jesus Anointed By A Sinful Woman

When Mary anointed Jesus, it was a beautiful act of love in service for her Master, and just as Christ said, we still speak about her act of love today. This is just one of the things she will be always remembered for, but what about us today? What will people remember about us when we go to be with the Lord? Jesus Anointed At Bethany

We can only imagine the heartbreak in Jesus’ mind when Mary was anointing Him but the disciples didn’t understand what Mary understood was about to happen to Jesus. They they were probably too busy arguing amongst themselves as to which one of them would be the greatest. Jesus Anointed At Bethany Again

Here we find the fourth sign, Jesus feeds the five thousand, and this is the fourth sign recorded by John and the only miracle that is recorded in all four Gospels. There are only two miracles of Jesus recorded in all four Gospels, the feeding of the 5000 and His resurrection.It seems the disciples came to tell Jesus all that had happened to John. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Everyone knew who Jesus was. He had grown up in the town of Nazareth. They had heard of the miraculous happenings that surrounded His conception and birth.

They knew of Him as a wise and obedient child of Mary and Joseph. They also knew that He was one who had been very knowledgeable of the Old Testament Scriptures since childhood. Jesus Rejected At Nazareth

I imagine that this would have been heart breaking for Jesus, they have just walked away from the very man who offers eternal life. He obviously taught what He taught in order to filter out those who were genuine followers from those who were following for the physical benefits. Many Disciples Desert Jesus

Some people claim that the events surrounding Jesus cleansing of the temple in John’s Gospel is the same account as we find recorded in the other Gospels.

However, if you examine the two records carefully you see that there are a number of differences, which should make it plain that we are dealing with two separate events. The Cleansing Of The Temple

The only two people whose faith was commended by the Lord in His recorded ministry, were a Roman Centurion, and a Syro-Phoenician woman, which incidentally were two Gentiles! The faith of the Canaanite woman was certainly rewarded and sets a good example of what real faith is all about. The Faith Of The Canaanite Woman

This is the third miraculous sign given in John’s account. It’s not the general principle of the Sabbath that Jesus disagrees with, but rather with the petty restrictions imposed by the religious authorities, which often worked against God’s purpose in giving the people a weekly day of rest.

Here the Jews attack Jesus on two counts, Sabbath breaking and blasphemy because He puts His own work on the same level as God’s. The Healing At The Pool

We all take time to grow as Christians and there are times we exercise a lack of faith, especially when we just go through the ‘routine’ of being a Christian, but when difficult times come, we quickly realise what we’ve been neglecting in our spiritual lives.

Maybe those difficult times come, to remind us to ask God to increase our faith in Him. The Healing Of A Boy With A Demon

There’s no other incident in Jesus’ miraculous works like the action of Jesus in this case and the truth is we can’t be certain as to why Jesus healed this man in two steps.

In modern times when someone is having eye surgery, after the operation the doctors put on many layers of bandages but then remove one layer every day, so that their sight will gradually get used to the light again. If they remove them all in one go, it can cause irreversible damage to the eyes and they may never see again. The Healing Of The Blind Man At Bethsaida

Many people rejoice in their new found freedom in Christ, but sadly whilst they rejoice there are others who complain, these are the people who are self-righteous legalists who care more about keeping the rules, than they do for their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The Crippled Woman Healed On The Sabbath

We have so much to be grateful for but there are times we simply forget to thank Him for what He has done and continues to do in our lives because of the busyness of our lives these days. But the busyness of life is really just an excuse. We must take time to thank Him and show our appreciate for everything He does in our lives. The Healing Of The Ten Lepers

This is the seventh miraculous sign, and Lazarus’ death is permitted for the same reason as the blindness.

Time and again we see how Jesus miracles back up the claims that He makes, no wonder He so often referred His critics to the work, that He was doing. The Raising Of Lazarus

As Jesus talked to the rich man, He observed that he lacked only one thing, he only needed to get rid of his possessions. It became obvious that Jesus had properly diagnosed the man’s need, because the man was unwilling to do so, he indeed was valuing his possessions over the Lord. The Rich Young Man

The world would be a better place if it stopped to actually listen to Jesus’ words and obey them, our churches would be in better health, if they stopped to listen to what Jesus actually teaches on any given subject. Our own Christian walk would be totally transformed, if we stopped long enough to listen and apply Jesus’ words to our very lives. The Transfiguration

This is yet another example of a group of people who are trying to trap Jesus to find any excuse to have Him put to death.

What’s interesting is that we also find an example of others giving someone else a loaded gun to shoot, whilst the people who gave them the loaded gun remain in the background because they’re not brave enough to do it themselves. Paying Taxes To Caesar

Jesus paid the tax because He didn’t want to cause any offense, in other words, He wanted to avoid any unnecessary controversy concerning the payment of the tax. Later Jesus will miraculously provide the money to pay the tax, but Peter would still have to pay the tax. He, as well as all Jews, were subject to paying the tax. Jesus Pays The Temple Tax

Jesus uses a barren fig tree as an object lesson.

He’s telling His disciples that Israel would no longer produce fruit because they had rejected the Son of God and so God is going to reject them as a nation.

He also tells His disciples that they are going to need great faith to face the upcoming onslaught. Jesus Curses The Fig Tree

The Sadducees asked a question designed to show that the doctrine of the resurrection was absurd. It involved the invented case of a woman who was married to seven brothers in succession. They asked Jesus to tell them whose wife she would be in the resurrection, since all of them had been married to her. Jesus Questioned About Marriage At The Resurrection

Jesus receives a welcome of a king as they, spread their garments on the road, along with some palm branches before Him. Many carried branches of palm which are symbols of victory, and of the righteousness and vigorous spirituality of God’s children. They point to the joy of victory, the feeling that everything will now be better, it’s clear, the people were expecting something to change. The Triumphal Entry

In Matthew 23 we find some of the fieriest words ever spoken by Jesus, the text contains which is commonly called, ‘The Seven Woes.’ The seven woes are judgements against the so-called spiritual leaders of the time who failed in their leadership roles and responsibilities. The Seven Woes Of Jesus

The Pharisees came to Jesus with a lie in an effort to get Him to go to Jerusalem, but little did they know He intended to go there anyway.

Jesus loved His people, even those who tried to trick Him, abuse Him and who would eventually murder Him. He longed for them to repent, so that He could gently wrap them in His loving arms, but they refused. Jesus’ Sorrow For Jerusalem

Jesus teaches us that giving has little to do with the amount we give but the attitude in which we give. He sees what we give, He knows the amount we give but He also knows how much we have kept back for ourselves.

If we will first give ourselves to the Lord, we will have no problem in being liberal in our giving. The Widow’s Offering

In the farewell narrative John is showing us love in action, John 13-19 deal with the final week in the earthly life of Jesus and we see two significant actions in John 13:1-30. Before beginning his systematic instruction of the apostles, Jesus does two significant things, He washes His disciples’ feet an object lesson in love and humility and also, He gives a sop and instruction to Judas, setting in motion the chain of events which led to His death. Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

Apart from His upcoming crucifixion, this must have been one of the most agonising events in Jesus’ life, we can only imagine the emotional and spiritual pain Jesus is going through. He doesn’t even get any support from those closest to Him as they are busy sleeping.

Even though He knows His Father is with Him, this must have been one of the loneliest times in Jesus’ life. Jesus In Gethsemane

Although Jesus was being betrayed and arrested, it’s important to remember that Jesus was in full control of everything which was happening around Him and He has always been in control of everything going on around Him and will continue to be in control of everything, even to His resurrection and beyond. Jesus Betrayed With A Kiss

This was probably one of the lowest points in his life and it was an event he wasn’t going to forget for the rest of his life. After denying Christ, he demonstrated genuine godly sorrow.

If we learn anything from Peter, we should learn that he didn’t allow this occasion to affect the rest of his life. Peter Denies Knowing Jesus

A few hours after the women had reported that Jesus was resurrected, we find two disciples, one named Cleopas, and the other’s name isn’t mentioned.

They were on their way to their home town, Emmaus when they had an encounter with the risen Lord. Jesus, On The Road To Emmaus

After Jesus had rose from the dead, He appeared to the eleven at different times and spoke about different things with them concerning their future mission.

The appearances occurred over a period of forty days but on this occasion that the disciples still didn’t believe. Jesus Appears To His Disciples

Because of this single event concerning Thomas, I believe he’s incorrectly remembered as ‘doubting Thomas’ and sadly, as a result this seems to be all he’s remembered for.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we would admit that there are times or have been times in our Christian journey where doubt sets into our minds. Jesus Appears to Thomas

As the disciples are bust fishing, Jesus once again appears to them. John has already recorded three appearances prior to this and this comes seventh in the ten recorded appearances in the four Gospels, but this is the third time He appeared to the apostles as a group. Jesus And The Miraculous Catch Of Fish

Peter is asked by Jesus if he loves Him three times.

It’s interesting from the time Peter denied knowing Christ three times, things seem to happen in threes for Peter from that point on. Jesus Asks Peter If He Loves Him


Jesus’ Teaching

Jesus Christ was the world’s master teacher. His miracles were great. His teachings even greater. The teaching of Jesus was characterised by simplicity. He used words the common people could understand and took His illustrations from those things with which they were familiar. Many of His principles were set forth by parables. A parable is a true-to-life story with a lesson. Jesus’ Teaching

It’s never easy settling disputes between Christians, usually pride and self-righteousness or the pain of being hurt gets in the way but here Jesus reminds us of the consequences of harbouring sinful attitudes towards each other. Church unity is paramount to Jesus and should be for all Christians. A Brother Or Sister Who Remembers That Someone Has Something Against Them!

Unity between believers has always been paramount in Jesus’ teachings, because it speaks so much about our own relationship with God Himself, in terms of obedience to Him. The way we act not only with outsiders but also with our brethren should reflect the love of God and the unity we have with each other and Him.

As Christians we must deal with situations the way Jesus asks us to, how else will the world know we are different from them? A Brother Or Sister Who Sins Against You

Jesus is talking to His disciples, and it’s an everyday illustration He uses. Night is coming, and the small house is in getting dark, and then the master of the house takes and trims the lamp and brings it in.

What does he do with it? A Lamp On A Stand

It was a Roman law that a government official could command into service any person or thing that was needed to carry a soldier’s armour. Jesus’ disciples are here commanded to willingly comply with those who would compel their services.

Jesus says the disciples shouldn’t retaliate by withholding from those who would ask of them. An Eye For An Eye

There is a progression here of one’s intensity by which he seeks God’s help. By faith one must seek God according to His will. As opposed to the self-righteous hearts of dogs who continually reject all righteousness, the humble-hearted must intensify their dependence on God for direction in life. We need to believe that God will provide. Ask, Seek, Knock

This question is based on the verse above from the ‘Authorized Version’, where the first four words suggest that ‘perfection’ is a goal which we are urged to attain. The later revisions, however, offer us renderings in which the language isn’t only much plainer and therefore easier to understand, but which also reveal that the verse relates to an imperative, to something that is to be obeyed and is therefore much more daunting! Can We Be ‘Perfect’ Like God?

Anyone who promotes good and denounces bad will gain enemies and have problems. Sometimes this happens even within families. The Gospel produces inner peace, peace with God, but the believer will experience resentment from the enemies of the Gospel even though the Gospel is good because they prefer evil. Follow Jesus Or Our Family!

The Pharisees hypocritically sounded a trumpet when they gave to the poor in the streets, in drawing attention to their act of giving, they received all the reward they would receive. Christians should give in a manner by which they don’t intentionally seek the praise of people. Giving To The Needy

For the third time, Jesus warned the disciples about what was going to happen when they got to Jerusalem. On the road to Jerusalem Jesus prepared the disciples for what was about to happen in all their lives. He talked about His death and resurrection. The occasion sparked an opportunity for James and John to reveal what was in their hearts. Since Jesus spoke of His departure from this world, James and John realised that leadership must be assumed. James And John’s Request For High Positions

In John 4-6 Jesus is identified as the living bread and as the water of life that men must access if they are going to be right with God.

The whole purpose of the Book of John is to prove that Jesus is God in the flesh. Jesus Talks To A Samaritan Woman

Jesus here teaches against the legalistic judging that the Pharisees were practising, their self-righteous legal system of doctrine moved them to be critical of others who didn’t agree with them on every point of their theology.

There are many lessons we can learn from them today! Judging Others

Jesus doesn’t argue against the Old Testament law, but against those who falsely interpret it for their own personal desires.

The principle of loving our neighbour fulfils all that the law would command concerning our duty toward our fellow man. Love For Enemies

Many religious people cannot enter because they have tried to make their own gate through which to enter.

Since they have convinced themselves that their gate is the right gate, they will not seek to enter the true gate. Narrow And Wide Gates

The parables of Jesus present clear stories from everyday events that many in the crowd would recognise. Jesus didn’t speak in a secret language to prevent some people from understanding, since all equally would understand the imagery. All those who listened to Him certainly comprehended the aspects of the stories related to their everyday lives. His teaching divided the listeners into two groups based on their own responses. Parables Of Jesus

Over the year I’ve seen many Christians fall away for a variety of reasons. Many churches in their eagerness to ‘make disciples’ have baptised people, without first sitting down with someone to explain what is involved in the becoming a Christian, and then the church wonder how people don’t stay faithful for very long! The Cost Of Following Jesus!

Power struggles are nothing new in any organisation, power struggles usually come about because of pride and people thinking too highly of themselves. Jesus taught over and over again that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be great in His kingdom, however, it’s all about how you go about it. The Greatest In The Kingdom Of Heaven

Now some people may not recognise or understand Jesus’ claims but the Jewish leaders certainly did. In John 8 when the Jewish leaders were accusing Jesus of being demon possessed and asked Jesus if He was greater than Abraham. The Jewish leaders had no doubt that Jesus was claiming Deity, that’s why they were going to stone Him. Straight after Jesus has just helped the woman who was supposedly caught in adultery and the leaders wanted to stone her. The ‘I AM’ Claims Of Jesus

This parable is short, simple and straight to the point. We meet lots of people with different religious backgrounds but sadly many are built on sand.

We can use this example of Jesus to help them build a solid foundation on truth. The Wise And Foolish Builders

People are busy working and involved in their past times and hobbies, but they forget they can still share Jesus with others whilst they are involved in those things. We must also keep in mind that no one really has a right to hear the Gospel a second time, when there are countless millions who have never heard it once. The Workers Are Few

Jesus pointed out the disciple’s secular attitude, they thought that this other unnamed disciple should be a member of ‘their group’ before he could truly represent Jesus.

It’s all so easy to point at other people in other religious groups and highlight the things they are doing in Jesus Name, but we must look to ourselves first and have the attitude that Jesus was teaching them. Whoever Isn’t against Us Is For Us!

Although the Great Commission was given by Jesus to the apostles, we must remember that we still have a responsibility to share that same good news with others today.

There are many lessons we can learn from Christ’s words and we must obey them all. The Great Commission


Jesus’ Trial

There were six parts to Jesus’ trial, three stages in a religious court and three stages before a Roman court. The night of his arrest, Jesus was brought before Annas, Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin (a group of religious leaders). In these trials He was charged with blasphemy, claiming to be the Son of God. He was imprisoned at Caiaphas’ palace. The Trial Of Jesus


Jesus’ Crucifixion

The most important event in the world’s history was the crucifixion (and the resurrection) of Christ.

Approximately one-third of the four gospels deals with the last week of the life of Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection. Jesus’ Crucifixion

Jesus Christ made seven final statements during his last hours on the cross. These phrases are held dear by followers of Christ because they offer a glimpse into the depth of his suffering to accomplish redemption. Recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and his death, they reveal his divinity as well as his humanity. The Seven Sayings Of Jesus On The Cross

I’m sure we’ve all sat around the table to partake of the Lord’s Supper and we’ve heard someone make some kind of comment or reference to Jesus’ ‘broken body’ on the cross, either in their talk or in their prayer. Was Jesus’ Body Broken?

 

The generally given definition of the word ‘ransom’ is to buy back or to free by paying the release price.

Certainly, this is involved in it, because the root of the word ‘ransom’ is the word ‘luo’, which, in New Testament times was used in numerous ways. Jesus Paid The Ransom, But To Whom?


Jesus’ Burial

Here’s a fact which should always be borne in mind when attempting to determine the meaning of Biblical words and phrases. Words are like tokens or counters, they have no intrinsic value, that is, no value in themselves. They depend on the meaning that is attached to them by the people using them. How Long Was Jesus In The Tomb?

A proper understanding of what Peter means will help clarify what Peter means and that’s simply that Christ in His spirit didn’t go anywhere to save those who were righteous before the flood because there were none, just Noah and His family. Where Did Jesus’ Spirit Go When He Died?

Having already answered the question, where did Jesus’s spirit go when He was in the tomb, I believe it’s important to note where His spirit didn’t go when He was in the tomb.

I’ve read countless articles on this subject and a few of them still insist that Jesus descended to hell when He was in the tomb and they use a few passages of Scripture as ‘proof’ text. Did Jesus Descend To Hell?


Jesus’ Resurrection

‘He is not here but is arisen!’ With these words the women who had come to the tomb of Jesus at dawn on the first day of the week were greeted by two angels who stood before them. In keeping with the law of Moses they had rested on the Sabbath and had returned to complete the burial rites of the Saviour which they had begun on the day of His death. Now, they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. Jesus’ Resurrection


Jesus’ Ascension

The accession of Christ is one of the most important events in Christianity. When we read the account of Jesus’ ascension, we read it like this was a common everyday event. I can imagine the disciples being a little frightened, whilst being in complete awe as they witness their Master being raised into the sky. The Ascension Of Christ


The Second Coming

Jesus is coming again! This is the great expectation of all Christians. Nothing is more clearly taught in the New Testament. However, the manner of Christ’s return has long been a subject of controversy, largely because of speculation about certain prophetic passages. We shall confine ourselves to those Scriptures which are plain statements of fact. Of these there are so many that it will not be hard to determine how Christ will return. The Second Coming Of Jesus

It’s significant that in the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are more than 300 references to the Lord’s Return, and one verse in every 25 has something to say about it, and therefore, its importance cannot be denied. A Deeper Look At The Second Coming Of Christ

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted."

Isaiah 53:4

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