Saturday, July 7, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 9


 
a Savior has been born; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
 
The earthly ministry of Jesus is recorded in the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  You may wonder why there are four gospels.  As we think about it, we are reminded that in the mouth or two or three witnesses there is truth.  Many of the happenings are repeated, but some accounts are not found in the other three gospels. 

Who was the first to proclaim who Jesus was? 
Luke 2: 10-14  shares:  It was an angel appearing to shepherds at the Birth of Jesus.  
And the shepherds were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  
 
As Jesus began his earthly ministry, He approached John who was baptizing in the River Jordan.  John 1:29 Proclaimed:  “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" 
 
As Jesus began to minister, very often it was in the temple.  The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.    Mark chapter one shares (The evil spirits knew who Jesus was): One day while he was teaching, a man at the synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,  “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”   “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”  
 
The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.  The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”  
Jesus began to select His disciples and Philip brought to him his friend Nathaniel later named Bartholomew.  John 1:45-50  Jesus told Nathaniel, behold a man in whom is no guile.  I saw you when you were under the fig tree.  At those words Nathaniel declared:  "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel." Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that."  
 
Jesus went about teaching, preaching, healing the sick, and casting out evil spirits.
 
 
This was amazing to the people and they brought the sick and troubled persons to Jesus so much so that Jesus had to find a place in the desert or mountain to rest and pray.   
 
 
John chapter 2 Records the first miracle at a wedding.  As the celebration lasted into the night, the hosts ran out of wine.  Mary told Jesus, but He was not concerned, however Mary urged the servants to do what ever Jesus asked them to do.  Jesus told the servants to collect the large water pots and fill them with water.  After this was done, He then told them to take a sample to the host of the wedding.  When it was tasted, it was proclaimed, "Why have you saved the best wine until the last."   
The disciples of Jesus were observing all Jesus was doing and they believed on him. 
They became "friends" with Jesus and learned to know Him in a personal way.  Jesus desires that we too come to Him and receive Him as our Personal Savior and Lord.
 
 
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