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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 Genealogies of Jesus

“Matthew’s account has no formal introduction, but rather begins with a genealogy tracing the descent of Jesus from his ancestor, Abraham, through the royal lineage of David the King.  The genealogy is traced through Jesus’ legal father, Joseph, as the husband of the virgin Mary, to whom Jesus was born.

Matthew’s genealogy contains several happy surprises.  Back in Jesus’ early roots are not only such notable righteous men as Abraham and David, but also several who stand out in history as being particularly unrighteous, including wicked King Manasseh.  Not only are there Jews as would be expected, but also Gentiles.  Also somewhat surprising, in view of their social status at this time, is the listing of women, and at least two of the women are known best for sins which they had committed.”

Read:  Matthew 1:1-17

“Luke also provides a genealogy of Jesus, but his account traces the lineage directly through Jesus’ mother, Mary.  This explains the difference in ancestors.  Luke’s genealogy also goes beyond Abraham, all the way back through Noah, Enoch, Seth, and Adam to God himself, who created the human race.”

Read:  Luke 3:23-38

“Perhaps the most significant aspect of these genealogies is the connection between Jesus and his ancestor, King David.  The prophets of old had repeatedly foretold that the Messiah would be of the house of David, and a branch of Jesse, David’s father.  Therefore, from the Jews’ perspective, Jesus is of the royal lineage and worthy to be King of Israel.”

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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