from “The Salvation of Mankind” Series
You have committed your life and probably join a church. This article will be an introduction course of the life and times of Jesus Christ our Savior. In this article, we will explore the foretelling of Jesus Christ. We will explore the birth of Christ and his childhood. The baptism of Jesus Christ and his period of temptation from Satan. We will explore the ministry of Christ. We will explore the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection. This article will give a scriptural base knowledge of Jesus Christ and give a basic breakdown of the four books of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The foretelling of Jesus Christ starts in the Old Testament of the word of God. In Isaiah 7:13-16…13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[b] 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings… the setting that is taken from this scripture above occurred in 734 B.C. (before Christ) Ahaz king of Judah in Jerusalem was to be overtaken by an alliance of northern Israel and Syria. King Ahaz was worried but Isaiah was sent by God to informed King Ahaz not to worry because there will be a sign from God which was the sign of Immanuel as a sign of deliverance. Judah didn’t fall and the alliance forces and Syria were defeated a few years later in 732 B.C. Later from the destruction of Assyria, there was the government of the promised Son, Jesus Christ, in Isaiah 9: 2 and 9:6…The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined and… For unto us, a Child is born, Unto us, a Son is given, And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace… in a time of darkness God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone in the shadow of death. This Counselor and Mighty God was the hope of the eternal kingdom by the fulfilled birth of Christ. Christ is foretold that he will deliver all people from their slavery to sin. Why is the virgin birth important to the Christian faith? Jesus Christ, God of Son, had to be free from the sinful nature passed on to all other humans beings by Adam. Because Jesus was born of a woman, he was a human, but as the Son of God. Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.
The birth of Jesus Christ is stated in Matthew 1:18-25… 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother, Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.[d] And he called His name Jesus. Why is the virgin birth important to the Christian faith? Jesus Christ, God of Son, had to be free from the sinful nature passed on to all other humans beings by Adam. Because Jesus was born of a woman, he was a human, but as the Son of God. Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.
Jesus Christ at the age of 12 speaks with the religious teacher in the temple as stated in Luke 2:41-50… 41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother[a] did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” 49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them… at the age of 12, Jesus in the Jewish traditions was considered an adult, and so he didn’t spend a lot of time with his parents during the feast. It was customary for the women and children to travel in the caravan, with the men bringing up the rear to protect them from robbers. A 12-year-old boy conceivably could have been in either group. Jesus stayed behind absorbed in his discussion with the religious leaders. Jesus’s parents were fanatically looking for the boy Jesus. Mary, Jesus’s mother was looking for a boy, not a young man who was in the temple astounding the religious leaders with his questions. When Jesus told his parents he was about His father business was the first mention of His awareness that he was God’s Son.
The baptism of Jesus and his temptations from Satan is found in Matthew 3:13-17…13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[c] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”… Why did Jesus ask to be baptized? It wasn’t for the repentance for sin because Jesus never sinned. Jesus asked to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness which means to accomplish God’s mission. Jesus was baptized for several other reasons (1) he was confessing sin on behalf of the nation, as Nehemiah, Ezra, Moses and Daniel had done, (2) he was showing support for John the Baptism was doing, (3) he was inaugurating his public ministry, (4) he was identifying with the penitent (a sorrow or regretful people) of God, not with the critical Pharisees who were only watching. Jesus, the perfect man, didn’t need baptism in obedient service to the Father and God showed his approval.
The temptation of Jesus by Satan is found in Matthew 4:11… Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”[a]5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands, they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[b] 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”[c] 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him…
From this scripture, we know that Jesus is tested to show that He is the Son Of God. Jesus was tempted by Satan three times in this scripture. First, Satan knew Jesus had been fasting over 40 days and was hungry so he chose to tempt his natural need for food. However, Jesus rebuked Satan’s temptation. But what about us do we ourselves have natural desires for food, sex, as well as other desires. When having sex before marriage, or steal to get food we are satisfying our God-given desires the wrong way. Remember, many of your desires are normal and good, but God wants you to satisfy them in the right way and at the right time. The best way to resist Satan’s temptations toward us is the word of God, your bible. The second attempt of Satan’s temptation was a misrepresentation of God using the word of God. And again Jesus rebuked his temptation. The lesson we all can learn from this is to be careful of false prophets in own lives. Suppose someone is trying to convince you that God is not real in some part or situation in your life. They may even present a scripture in their testimony but unless you know the word of God you will be fooled. The best way to know if this is a false representation of God is to understand this basic principle GOD IS LOVE AND HE LOVES US IF THIS SITUATION OR THING WILL HARM YOU IT IS NOT FROM GOD!!! Also never get into an argument over God’s word because you can’t know or prove everything God is. Let your faith in God be your proof even if you can’t answer the question they want you to answer. The third time Satan tempts Jesus is when he presents the world possessions and glory to tempt Jesus to deny God and worship Satan. Of course, Jesus rebuked Satan’s temptations again. We also can easily be tempted by Satan with the world possessions and fame-worshipping them instead of God. ALWAYS REMEMBER ANYTHING YOU PLACE OR LOVE MORE THAN GOD IS YOUR GOD!!!
Jesus Christ began his ministry in Matthew 4:17…17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As well as Matthew 4:23-25… 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria, and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. Jesus also chooses 12 disciples to join Him in His ministry in Mark 3:13-19…13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve,[a] that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have the power to heal sicknesses and[b] to cast out demons: 16 Simon,[c] to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.
Jesus preached the gospel or the Good News to everyone who wanted to hear it. The gospel is that the Kingdom of heaven has come, that God is with us, and He cares for us. In His ministry, Christ proves that He can heal us, not just of physical sickness, but of spiritual sickness as well. There’s no sin or problem too great or too small for Him to handle. Jesus words were good news because they offered freedom, hope, peace, and eternal life with God. Jesus chose 12 disciples to be with Him and to be sent out to preach. Jesus didn’t choose these 12 disciples to be associates and companions because of their faith, their faith often faltered. He didn’t choose them because of their talents and abilities because none of them stood out with any unusual abilities. Jesus’ disciples represented a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, but apparently, they had no more leadership potential than those who were not chosen. The one characteristic they all shared as their willingness to follow and obey Jesus. What does mean to us simply put being a good disciple of Christ is a matter of following and obeying Jesus with our hearts.
Jesus’ death and resurrection were anything but a normal death in Luke 23:32-34… 32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”[a] And they divided His garments and cast lots and in Luke 23:39-49… 39 Then one of the criminals who was hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,[a] save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,[b] remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 44 Now it was[c] about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened,[d] and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”[e] Having said this, He breathed His last… Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciple Judas Iscariot, who later hung himself. The place of Jesus death was called Calvary and was probably a hill outside Jerusalem, along with the main road. Romans executed people publicly as examples to the people. Here, as Jesus was preparing to inaugurate his kingdom through his death, the places on His right and on His left were taken dying men, criminals. As one of the criminals was about to die he turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and Christ accepted him. This dying criminal had more faith than Jesus disciples at this time. Although the disciples continued to love Jesus, their hopes for kingdom were shattered. Most of them had gone into hiding. Peter, had denied Jesus three times during this period. By contrast, the criminal looked at the man who was dying next to him and said ‘Lord remember me when You come into Your kingdom’. This is a clear example of faith in God kingdom or glory with God.
Jesus resurrection was nothing short of a miracle. This was the final battle over sin that was conquered by Jesus over death. Jesus rises from the dead in Luke 24:1-12…Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them,[a] came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly[b] perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but rises! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” 8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying[c] by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened… The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. On it, the church is built, without it, there will be no Christian church today. Jesus resurrection is unique. Other religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about paradise and afterlife, and various Holy Scriptures. Only Christianity has a God who became human, literally died for this people, and was raised again in power and glory to rule His church forever. I submitted a gospel video in praise and thanksgiving for what God has done in sending his Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Enjoy this video. Always Remember to Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!
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Written by Kofi Baruti
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