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The Life of Jesus 1 The Life of Jesus (His Life and the Crucifixion) “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and he shall call his name Immanuel” (Mathew 1:23). God is with us; Jesus was born in the town Bethlehem in Judea but taken to Egypt after Joseph warned by an angel that Herod is looking for the child Jesus to kill him. Jesus family remained in Egypt until the death of King Herod. This is the fulfillment of the prophecy “Out of Egypt I called my Son” (Mathew 2:15). While in Egypt, an angel appeared in a dream to Joseph and ask his family to leave and go the land of Israel. However, when Joseph learned that Archealaus was reigning over Judea and warned by God in a dream, he decided to take his family to the region of Galilee and dwelt in the city of Nazareth. “He shall be called a Nazarene”, the prophet spoke of him (Mathew 2:23). The child Jesus grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God upon him. At the age of 12, Jesus and his family went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When they had finished and as they returned home, unknown to his parents, Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. After three days, his parents found him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening and asking questions. The teachers were astonished by his understanding and wisdom considering that he is just a young boy. After that, Jesus came home with his parents and stayed in Nazareth. He is a good son and developed his wisdom and stature, as he grows older (Luke 2:40-52).
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The Life of Jesus 2 In the 15 th year reign of Tiberius Caesar (Luke 3:1), when Jesus was estimated to be in his early 30’s went to John the Baptist who was preaching and baptizing in the river of Jordan. John baptized Jesus with water and the Holy Spirit descends from heaven like a dove and remained in him (John 1:29-32). Believers calling him the Messiah followed Jesus and remained with him. On the third day after the baptism, Jesus and his disciples went to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. As they were celebrating, Jesus saw that they ran out of wine. He asked the servants to fill six water pots with water and Jesus turned them into wine. This is the sign that manifested his glory and his disciples believed him. They traveled everywhere; He made many miracles, cured the sick, drove out demons, healed the blinds, and awaken the dead. Jesus life was then devoted teaching words of God; he speaks in parables delivering messages of wisdom, humility, sharing, forgiveness, and justice for everyone. He speaks of love; love for brothers and sisters, parents, neighbors, and to our enemies. He speaks of joy, happiness, the love of our father in heaven, the resurrection, and our home in the Kingdom of God. While Jesus followers grew in multitude and words of his miracles spread all over the land, the Chief Priest and Pharisees afraid that everyone will believe in him, gathered a council and plotted to put him to death (John 11:47-53).
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