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Jesus’ Early Work in Judea, Samaria, and Galilee

“The early ministry of Jesus is reported solely by the apostle John.  His account shows that Jesus’ teaching quickly appeals to the common people and results in many faithful disciples.  It is during this time that Jesus also performs his first miracles.  And just as Nehemiah had done centuries before, Jesus wastes no time in confronting those who profane the sanctity of the temple worship.  Jesus also makes it clear from the beginning that his message of salvation will extend beyond the Jewish nation to all people, and Jesus takes his ministry to the Samaritans.  So Jesus’ outreach to Gentiles could not begin more pointedly.”

Read:  John 1:35-51, 2:1-12, 3, 4, Luke 3:19-20

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Ministry of John the Baptist

“When it comes time for Jesus to carry out his divine commission, the ground has already been broken by the successful ministry of John the Baptist, who proclaims Jesus to be ‘the Lamb of God’.  John thereby sets the stage for Jesus’ own claim that he is the Messiah.  It is with this announcement of Jesus’ special ministry that the gospel message begins its central focus, as seen by the fact that only at this point do Mark and John begin their Gospel accounts.

Jesus’ forerunner, John, is a prophet of priestly descent.  Like Elijah, John is not a writer, but an evangelist and a spokesman for God whose outspoken preaching of repentance and baptism brings him multitudes of disciples.  As with most of his fellow prophets, Johns’ teaching of spiritual purity is accompanied by strong appeals for practical ethical conduct toward one’s fellowman.

John’s ministry is given the highest possible honor when even Jesus himself comes to receive John’s baptism.  Although it is not for sins that Jesus is baptized, his exemplary act of ceremonial washing gives occasion for a dramatic confirmation of his deity.”

Read:  Matthew 3, Mark 1:2-11, Luke 3:1-18 & 21-23

Jesus Faces Temptations

“One of the big, as-yet-unanswered questions about Jesus’ identity is whether he, as God in the flesh, is vulnerable to the same temptations which all other people face.  Although not every temptation which Jesus may encounter will be found in the Gospel accounts, the writers do record a series of temptations which are representative of most of the temptations faced by man.  In various encounters with Satan, Jesus must deal with the need to satisfy fleshly appetites, the urge to acquire that which pleases the eye, and the desire to give vent to pride.

As he does with everyone else, Satan confronts Jesus when he is most vulnerable, and in every case Jesus’ response to temptation is the same.  Alone in the desert of temptation, Jesus — divine though he is — recognizes the value of prayer and fasting, and with every temptation he recalls the words of Scripture, which are a reminder of truth and wisdom in the face of Satan’s lies.”

Read:  Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13

“Throughout his life Jesus will continue to resist all temptation and remain sinless.  It is his perfect righteousness that shows Jesus to be the Messiah.  By virtue of the heavenly annunciation which he witnesses, John is convinced that Jesus is not only incomparably righteous, but also truly God’s Anointed One, the Christ.  John therefore repudiates any possibility of himself being viewed as the Messiah, and forcefully proclaims Jesus as the messianic Lamb of God.”

Read:  John 1:19-34

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.


The Coming of the Messiah

“All is now ready for the most important event in human history.  It is an event planned even before the creation of the world.  it is the keeping of a promise made to Abraham over 2000 years earlier.  It is the fulfillment of a host of prophecies regarding a Messiah who would come to establish his kingdom.  Most importantly, it is the beginning of a dynamically new relationship between God and man.  The event is the coming of the Savior of the world, the Messiah — or, as referred to in the Greek, the Christ.

This Christ is not to be just another leader or great man of God, he is to be God himself in human flesh!  The Lord of heaven is to become a servant of the earth.  God, who has previously made himself known through a nation and a law, is now to reveal himself in the most personal way possible — in the form of a man.  Until now God’s blessings have been reserved mostly for a chosen people, but now they are to become available to all people in every generation.

Who is this Christ, this Messiah?  His name is Jesus.  His symbolic name, Immanuel (meaning ‘God with us’) signifies his deity.  He is man, to be sure, but God as well; and he is God — the God of Creation — but man as well. 

As the New Testament record now begins, the scriptures proclaim the good news about the salvation of mankind which comes through obedient faith in Jesus Christ.”

The Gospel Accounts

“Although secular history attests to his ministry and influence, the details of Jesus’ life were never preserved in an explicitly biographical form.  What is known about the historical Jesus comes primarily from the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — four of Jesus’ disciples. 

The Gospel accounts vary in the order in which the record of Jesus’ ministry is presented.  Each account was written by a different author, each having a unique perspective.  Each writer also focused upon different events, either because he was writing primarily to a particular audience or because he wished to achieve a particular purpose in his writing.

What follows is a combination of the four Gospel accounts with an integration of the recorded events as nearly as possible in their proper chronological sequence as previously indicated, any such attempt necessarily involves a degree of speculation, because it is simply not revealed when certain events actually occurred.”

Introductions by the Gospel Writers

Read: Mark 1:1

“Mark’s account begins simply, introducing the reader to the good news about Jesus the Christ which is about to be told.  That good news is beautifully summarized by John in a prologue to his account.”

Read:  John 1:1-18

“In his own introduction, Luke writes to a man by the name of Theophilus in order to provide a more complete narrative of the life and work of this incarnate Word, Jesus the Christ, and of the things accomplished by Jesus’ followers.”

Read:  Luke 1:1-4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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