Jesus was radically different
Jesus did not fit in with the religious people of His time. They for example challenged Him on marriage (Matthew 22:23-33). His response was, that they don't know the Scripture or the power of God. His explanation stumped them (Matthew 22:46) and astonished the listeners (Matthew 22:33). He was questioned by religious people about breaking their traditions (Matthew 15), divorce (Matthew 19:1-12), paying taxes (Matthew 22:15-22), the law of Moses (Matthew 22:34-40), and on what authority He is doing these things (Matthew 21:23-27). Many times Jesus and religious people clashed, because of the hypocrisy of latter. Instead of hanging out with them, Jesus hang out with "sinners" and other cultural-rejects (Matthew 9:12-13). When He was asked about it, He said: It's not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. He did not come to call the "righteous", but sinners. When He was about to have a meal with His disciples, and there was no servant to wash their feet, He didn't delegate the task to one of His disciples, instead He was the one that took on this task (John 13). He dared to speak with a Samaritan woman, who lived together with her boy friend. Something many of His time would not even consider doing (John 4). When Jesus taught, ordinary people were amazed! He spoke with authority, not like the religious teachers of His time.
Jesus is the Messiah
From the beginning of the Bible until the last prophet, God promised and told His servants that a Messiah would come. Messiah means Savior. Many of these prophesies were very specific. Promises like he would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) and enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zach 9:9). When you compare the prophesies of God in the Tenach and Jesus, it becomes very clear that Jesus is the promised one.
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Jesus is God
Some people think that Jesus had His beginning in Bethlehem. If you study Scripture closer, you see verses like Micah 5:2 that clearly states that Jesus existed before His physical-birth. Jesus Himself states the following: "Before Abraham was I AM" (John 8:58) and "Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world begun." (John 17:5). When you look in the Old Testament, you see that there were appearances of God in "Angel-Form". Many scholars believe that these were appearances of Jesus. For example Jacob fought with the Lord through the night (Genesis 32:22-32). Abraham spoke to three people, one of which is said to be God (Genesis 18). He appeared to Gideon (Judges 6) and so on.
Jesus is God. John 1 makes it very clear that Jesus is God: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. ..............The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus performed many miracles
Jesus backed up His claims of His divine nature with many miracles. To mention a few: He healed people from leprosy (Matthew 8:3), cured a paralytic (Matthew 9:6), cured the blind (Matthew 20:34). He even raised people from the dead, like a little girl (Matthew 9:25) and Lazarus (John 11). His miracles don't stop with healing. He had power of nature: He calmed a storm (Matthew 8:23-27) and He walked on water (Matthew 14:25).
The Jews plotted to kill Jesus. When we see Jesus popular beginnings in Galilee, as time goes on, resistance from the Jewish leaders start to grow and they plot to kill Jesus (John 11:45-57). It appears that they were angry because of His divine claims (John10:31-33), frustrated with the ordinary people following Him and the Romans possibly taking away their status (John 11:48). However we must always remember, that Jesus willingly gave Himself over to be crucified. He was able to call several legions of angels if He wanted to (Matthew 26:53). Instead He choose to endure suffering and death. Why? For our sins. He knew that He would be taking upon Himself, the punishment we deserve for our sin. Our sins are the reason He died on that cross.
Jesus was crucified, died and was put in a grave. After three days several people went to check out the grave site. First a couple of women, who did not find Jesus, but instead saw a man in shiny clothes telling them that Jesus is not dead (Luke 24:1-11). When they announced this to the disciples, several went to check it out for themselves, finding the grave empty (Luke 24:11-12). When the disciples were gathered together, He appeared. Telling them not to be afraid, and to touch Him to see for themselves it is He (not a ghost) (Luke 24:36-39). Jesus appeared to many people after His resurrection from the dead. One time He appeared to a group of about 500 (1 Cor 15:1-5). When Paul writes his letter to the Corinthians (53-57 A.D.), he explains that many of these eye witnesses were still alive.
Jesus being raised from the dead has significance: He did not only provide forgiveness for our sin, by dying on the cross. He also conquered over sin and death by His resurrection (Romans 6:1-14).
Jesus wants to be your Friend - He is alive TODAY!
Jesus, after His resurrection, went to heaven (Acts 1 ) . He explained to His disciples: It is better that I go, so the Holy Spirit can come and live in you..........(John 16:5-11) Jesus is alive today! That is awesome news! Through salvation and the Holy Spirit within our hearts, God can be with us all the time at any moment! It is through His promise that we can follow His example and conform to His likeness, living Godly lives. The characteristic of a Christian, is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:9).
Jesus will come back some day
When Jesus went to Heaven, the angels that appeared to the crowd watching made a promise: This same Jesus, who was been taken from you into Heaven, will come back the same way you have seen Him go into Heaven (Acts 1:11). The Bible makes other reference to His return (1 Thess 4:16-18). It also warns us, that people will be saying "Peace & Safety" and then unexpected, as a thief in the night, Jesus will return (1 Thess 5:2). The Bible also says, that several things will occur in the future, at the end of times: Like "the man of lawlessness", sometimes referred to as the anti-christ, will come. Jesus will come back and defeat him (1 Thess 2:1-12). After that, there will judgment and anyone whose name is not written in the book of life, will be thrown in the lake of fire (Rev 20:15). Eventually, when all is set and done, Jesus will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain (Rev 21:4).
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|Jesus Life from Scripture (Years are approximate)|
|6 B.C.||Jesus Birth||Luke 1-2|
|3 B.C.||Return to Nazareth||Matthew 2|
|6 A.D.||Jesus visits the temple as a boy||Luke 2|
|26 A.D.||Spring||John the Baptist ministry|
|Summer||Jesus baptized (JORDAN RIVER) Jesus tempted by Satan (JUDEAN DESERT)||Matthew 3 Luke 3 John 1|
|Fall||Jesus 1st miracle (CANA)||John 2|
|27 A.D.||Winter||Jesus cleanses temple (1st time) (JERUSALEM) Jesus meets with Nicodemus (Jerusalem) Jesus travels through Samaria||John 2-4|
|Spring||The people in His hometown try to kill Jesus (NAZARETH)||Luke 4:16-31|
|Summer||4 Fisherman become Jesus followers (CAPERNAUM). Sermon on the Mount (GALILEE) Jesus heals Peter's mother in-law (CAPERNAUM). Jesus begins His first trip through Galilee||Matthew 4-8 Luke 4-5|
|Fall||Matthew follows Jesus (CAPERNAUM)||Matthew 9|
|28 A.D.||Winter||Jesus chooses His 12 disciples (GALILEE)||Luke 6|
|Spring||Jesus preaches the Sermon on the Plain (GALILEE) A sinfull woman anoints Jesus (CAPERNAUM)||Luke 6-7|
|Summer||Jesus travels through Galilee Jesus tells parables||Luke 8 Matthew 13|
|Fall||Jesus calms the storm (SEA OF GALILEE) Jairus daughter (CAPERNAUM) Jesus sends the 12 (GALILEE)||Matthew 13 Luke 8-9|
|29 A.D.||Winter||John the Baptist killed (MACHAERUS) Jesus feeds 5,000 (NEAR BETHSAIDA)||Matthew 14 Luke 9|
|Spring||Jesus walks on water (SEA OF GALILEE) Jesus travels to TYRE and SIDON Jesus feeds 4,000 (GALILEE) Peter says Jesus is the Son of God||Matthew 14-16|
|Summer||Jesus is telling His disciples He is going to die (CEASAREA-PHIL.)Jesus is transfigured on the Mount||Matthew 16-17 Luke 9|
|Fall||Jesus pays temple tax (CAPERNAUM) Jesus attends feast of Tabernacles (JERUSALEM) Jesus heals the blind-born (JERUSALEM) Jesus visits Mary & Martha (BETHANY) Jesus raises Lazerus (BETHANY)||Matthew 17 John 7-11 Luke 10|
|30 A.D.||Winter||Jesus begins His trip to Jerusalem Jesus blesses the little children (ACROSS THE JORDAN) Jesus talks to the rich young man (ACROSS THE JORDAN) Jesus talks about Hid death & resurrection (ACROSS THE JORD.)Jesus heals Bartimaeus (JERICHO) Jesus talks to Zacchaeus (JERICHO)||Luke 17-19 Matthew 19-20|
|Spring||Jesus visits Mary & Martha again (BETHANY)||John 11:55-12:1|
SUNDAY - Triumphal Entry
MONDAY - Jesus curses the figtree and cleanses the temple
TUESDAY - Authority of Jesus questioned. Jesys teaching in the temple. Jesus anointed.
WEDNESDAY - The plot against Jesus is amde.
THURSDAY - The Last Supper, Jesus comforts His disciples, Jesus at Gethsemane
THURSDAY NIGHT - Jesus arrest and trial
FRIDAY - Jesus crucifixion and death. Burial in Joseph's tomb
SUNDAY - The empty tomb. Mary Magdalene sees Jesus in the garden. Jesus appear to the two going to Emmaus. Jesus appears to 10 disciples.
SUNDAY WEEK LATER - Jesus apears to 11 disciples. Jesus talks with some of His disciples at the Sea of Galilee.
40 DAYS AFTER RESURRECTION - Jesus ascends to His father from Mount Olives.