The first thing we want to look at in the life of Jesus is His birth. The two New Testament books that recorded the birth of Jesus are Matthew and Luke. Both of these gospels agreed that Jesus was born in a little town called Bethlehem of Judea.
The life of Jesus can help you live your life with purpose, and help you to bring glory to God each and every day.
The story of the conception and birth of Jesus Christ can be found in these Scriptures: Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20
Mary was visited by an angel whose name was Gabriel, who told her that she would become pregnant by the Holy Ghost and give birth to a son whose name must be called Jesus.
Mary was worried about the visit and the message that she had received, but the angel assured her that all that was about to happen to her was the plan of God. Mary humbled herself and found strength in a well known Old Testament Scripture, I.e. Isaiah 14:7
The two Authors said that Jesus was the son of His earthly mother Mary and His earthly father Joseph. Both of ther were engaged to be married, but surprisingly, Mary was found to be pregnant and she and Joseph never had sex.
When Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant, he wanted to put her away privately, because he didn't want her to be publicly condemned by the leaders of Israel. This is what happened when a woman played the harlot in Israel.
Joseph was a good-hearted and righteous man, with the character of a gentleman. He loved Mary too much to publicly exposed her as one who committed fornication against her husband.
Rather, he went to bed that night thinking about putting her away in the morning by writing her a bill of divorcement and going their separate ways.
However, an angel visited Joseph in a dream that night and assured him that the child in the womb of his wife Mary was put there by God Himself. The angel told him that his job was to take care of his wife and raise the child and His name must be called Jesus. Matthew 1:21
Joseph was obedient to the voice of God. He woke the next morning and made arrangements to marry her. He became even more loving to her and treated her with much care and compassion.
After all of this, nearing the time of Jesus' birth, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census was to be taken. Luke 2:1
Caesar, at the time of Christ Jesus, was the first Roman Emperor to rule. He didn't know that the order that he issued was supposed to fulfil a Biblical prophesy that was made some 600 years before.
The census required everyone to go back to their home town to register their names. This means that Joseph too had to go back to Bethlehem to register because he came from the linage of King David.
Bethlehem was a very small community, about five miles southwest of Jerusalem. While the couple were in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. However, there were no Inn available due to the crowd gathered there for the census.
Mary had to give birth to the child in a very ugly state, they wrapped Him in pieces of old clothes and placed Him in a manger to keep Him warm.
The very same night that Christ was born, an angel of the LORD appeared unto some shepherds as they were tending their flocks. When the angel approached them, there was a great radiance of God's glory surrounding him.
The message that he delivered was that "the Savior of the world was born in Bethlehem." The shepherds became very afraid and wanted to flee, but the angel reassured them to not be afraid because the news that he brought would bring great joy to the people.
The angel said: "A Savior has been born in the town of David today, He is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:10-11
Suddenly, something amazing happened. A great host of heavenly beings appeared beside the angel and started giving glory to God. Luke 2:14
These things happened at the initial stages of the life of Jesus, but there are even greater signs and wonders to come so keep reading.
After all this, the shepherds decided to go and see the child that was born whom the angel told them about. When they arrived, they told Mary, Joseph and everyone else who were present all the things that Gabriel the angel said unto them.
They departed giving praises and thanks to God for the many wonderful works that should be accomplished through the life of Jesus Christ our Lord.
At the time of the birth of Jesus, Herod was the king of Judea. Herod was a very wicked man who killed some of his ten wives, two of his sons and also his father in law. Herod also taxed the Jewish people heavily because he wanted the money to carry out costly projects.
In the meantime, there were Magi, i.e. (three wise men) from the east who saw a great star in the sky and right away they knew that the star was a representation of the birth of Jesus, and so they followed it immediately. Matthew 2:1-12
When the Magi reached Jerusalem, they went to the rulers of the Jewish people and asked, "where exactly was the Christ born?" The rulers answered and said: "In Bethlehem of Judea." This answer was also referring to the Old Testament Scripture in Micah 5:2.
However, after King Herod heard that a child was born who was to become King of Kings, he became jealous and secretly ordered the three wise men to report to him after they found the Christ because he wanted to worship Him also. But, Herod believed the life of Jesus would be a threat to him, so he wanted to put baby Jesus to death.
When the wise men left from Herod's presence, they continued to follow the star and after some time, they eventually found Jesus in Bethlehem with Mary His mother.
When they saw Him, they bowed before Him, worshipped Him and presented an offering of gold, frankincense and myrrh. On their way back home, they did not go in the direction of Herod, they took another route in order to avoid any harm to the child.
This made Herod mad and so he ordered that every male child who were two years and younger should be put to death. He gave this age range because his plan was to kill Jesus while He was still a baby. God was with Him and that weapon that was formed against Him did not prosper.
As we study the life of Jesus, we could not go on without taking a look at a few but very interesting things that the Scriptures said about His childhood.
When Herod saw that the Magi disregard his instruction, he sent out an order to kill every male child who were two years and under. Matthew 2:16-18 Because of this, Joseph and Mary took baby Jesus and went to Egypt and remained there until Herod was dead.
After the death of Herod, an angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream in Egypt and told him to return to the land of Israel, because the man who sought to kill the child has died. Upon hearing such great news, they returned to the land of Israel and dwelled in a town called Nazareth. Matthew 2:19-23 This was where Jesus grew up as a boy.
This also fulfilled the prophecy which said: "He shall be called a Nazarene." Matthew 2:23
The life of Jesus is a life for others.
His earthly father Joseph was a carpenter, and while growing up, Jesus learned the trade very well and was also referred to as "The Carpenter." Mark 6:3
Even though there were not many records of the childhood of Jesus in the Bible, there is a very interesting one found in Luke 2:49.
Jesus was only twelve years old when His parents were returning home from their yearly visits to the Feast of the Passover in Jerusalem. It was the tradition/custom in those days to celebrate the Feast of The Passover every year.
However, on this particular visit, Jesus stayed back in Jerusalem and neither Joseph nor Mary knew about it. When they had gone a day's journey; they realized that Jesus was not among the company.
When they searched diligently among themselves and didn't find Him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for Him. The Bible said that it took them three days of searching before they found Him.
They found Him in the temple sitting with Doctors of the Law, both listening to them and asking them many questions. Luke 2:46 At the age of twelve, everyone who heard Him speak were shocked because of the knowledge of God's word He possessed, and the power and authority with which He spoke.
The place where He was found at the age of twelve should not be surprising. We too need to spend more time in the presence of the Lord and less time caught up in the things of this world.
This was a revelation of the marvelous things that the life of Jesus was predestinated to fulfil.
When Mary and Joseph finally came upon Him and were frightfully expressing their fear of almost losing Him; His reply made them even more sober.
Jesus turned to them and said: "How is it that you sought me? How come you do not know that I must be about my father's business?" Luke 2:49
When Jesus said those words, no-one understood what He meant, not even Mary and Joseph who the angel spoke with at conception.
At the tender age of twelve it was obvious that Jesus knew and understood the call of God upon His life. The Bible said that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
This means that Jesus lived His life to please God and because He pleased God, mankind was drawn to Him, loved and adored Him. The life of Jesus is a an example of how we are supposed to live and please God every day of our lives.
Even a child is known by his deeds, and as a child, Jesus demonstrated clearly what He would be known for. Proverbs 20:11
There is not a single influence upon this earth that has had the great impact that the life of Jesus had.
The last thing that we read about the life of Jesus before His ministry began, was when He sat with the Doctors of the Law in the temple at the age of twelve and shocked them because of how much He knew at that age.
About 27-29 AD at the age of thirty, Jesus commences His ministry by coming to John the Baptist to be baptized of him in Palestine near Jordon's river.
According to the Gospels, the baptism represents the beginning of Jesus' Ministry and the last supper which took place in Jerusalem is considered to be the end thereof.
After He was baptized, He went straight to the wilderness on a forty day and night fast.
The fast was to strengthen Him spiritually for the great work that was in front of Him. Satan however, tried to stop Him with deceptions and lies but Jesus being God in the flesh knew his tricks and kept using the scriptures on him, until he eventually got fed up and fled. Matthew 4:1-11
After the fast Jesus went back to Nazareth- His hometown where He preached His first sermon in the synagogue after reading the word of God from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
The passage that He read was: "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised and to preach the acceptable year of the LORD.
The life of Jesus is a representation of the light of the world, and anybody who follows Him will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. John 8:12
When He was finished reading that passage, He gave them back the book, sat down and everyone who heard Him, fastened their eyes upon Him. He said unto them: "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears." Luke 4:21
This was the first sermon He preached after fasting for forty days and forty nights. When He finished preaching to the people they were wrath and they throw Him out of the temple and rejected Him. Luke 4:16-30
His first miracle was turning water into wine at a marriage reception in Cana of Galilee. When the wine at the wedding was finished, Mary, Jesus' mother said to Him; "they have no wine." Mary said this because she knew that Jesus is omnipotent and could do anything.
Jesus knew exactly what she was suggesting and He turned to her and said: "Woman, why do you involve Me?" Then He said unto her: "My hour has not yet come."
Mary then told the servants to do whatsoever He said. So Jesus ordered them to fill six water pots with water and present them before Him. This was done and immediately the water in the water pots became wine and when the master of the banquet tasted it he was shocked.
When he tasted the wine he was amazed at how wonderful it was and he remarked: "Everyone brings out the best wine first and when the guest have had enough to drink then in the last the cheaper wine is served; but you have kept the best wine until now."
He said this not knowing that it was a miracle performed by Jesus. John 2:1-11
The life of Jesus demonstrated the right path, the truth and the way to eternal life. John 14:6
After this, Jesus went up to Jerusalem and found them them selling oxen, sheep and doves inside the church and it made Him upset.. He drove both the people and animals out of the place of worship and turned over the containers with money and said, "Take these things hence, make not my Father's house a house of merchandise. John 2:13-16
When all of this was done, the Jews asked Jesus what sign He was showing them by doing what He did. Jesus answered and said: "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John 2:18-19. When Jesus said this, He was referring to His resurrection from the dead.
It is our duty as Christians to make known to the world the importance of the life of Jesus and how to learn from His teachings.
He spent some time in Jerusalem and as it was their custom to celebrate the Passover, Jesus was also present and because He did a lot of miracles around them, they believed on Him and started to follow Him.
One night, a man named Nicodemus went to Jesus and told Him that he knew that He was a teacher sent by God because of the many miracles that He did. Jesus answered him and said; "except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3
When Nicodemus heard this he said; "how can a man be born when he is old?" In verse 4, He said this not knowing that Jesus was referring to a spiritual birth.
Jesus responded and said: "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God," verse 5.
When we study the life of Jesus, one of the great lessons that we learnt is not to be selfish, but to always care and support others in whatever way we can.
One day, Jesus met Peter and made him witnessed a miraculous draught of fishes. When Peter saw the multitude of fishes, he was astonished and he turned to the Lord Jesus Christ and said: "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man oh Lord." However Jesus replied to him and said: "Fear not, from now on you will catch men." Luke 5:1-11
This period of Jesus' ministry also include the sermon on the mount, which is one of the largest discourses of Jesus. The sermon on the mount covers chapters 5, 6 and 7 of Matthew, this is also the longest record of Jesus' teaching in the New Testament.
Included in this huge and impactful teachings are the Beatitudes and the well known Lord's Prayer.
Jesus' Galilean ministry commences in the eighth chapter of Matthew, which started with Jesus cleansing a leper, Matthew 8:2-4 The healing of the Centurion's servant Matthew 8:5-13 and the Calming of the storm Matthew 8:23-27.
During all this time, Jesus was still in the process of recruiting His 12 Disciples. Jesus called Matthew to follow Him Matthew 9:9
At this point in the life of Jesus and His Ministry, He was facing many criticism from the Pharisees about His association with publicans and sinners. Jesus told them however that He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners unto repentance. Luke 5:31-32
Jesus selected His 12 Apostles and instructed them about how they should go about their ministry, which is also called the Mission Discourse or the Little Commission. In Matthew 10, the Great Commission was recorded at His Ascension in Matthew 28:18-20.
Following this were His teachings of many parables which included the Parabolic Discourse, which records many parables such as: 'The parable of the sower,' 'the parable of the Tares,' 'the parable of the Mustard seed,' and 'The Leaven.'
Jesus also addresses 'the hidden treasure,' 'the pearl' and 'drawing in the net.' Matthew 13.
After all those wonderful teachings, Jesus returned to Nazareth His hometown. When they realized how much wisdom He had, they asked Him many questions and because of His excellent wisdom, they rejected Him.
The final part of the life of Jesus and His ministry began after the death of John the Baptist, which includes the feeding of the 5000, Him walking on water and bid Peter to come. Both of these miracles can be found in Matthew 14.
There was another great teaching which includes the discourse of defilement. Mathew 15:1-20 One very important thing He taught them at that gathering was: "What goes into a man's mouth does not defile him, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what defiles a man." Matthew 15:11.
After this Jesus went to Tyre and Sidon near the Mediterranean Sea, where the daughter of a Canaanite woman was sick and she cried out to Jesus for help. When Jesus saw how strong her faith was and how determined she was He said, "Woman, great is thy faith, be it done unto you as you wish." Matthew 15:21-28
Jesus went on to cleansing 10 lepers and only one returned to thank Him. Luke 17:11-19 After Jesus passed through Sidon in the gospel according to Mark; there was a man who was both deaf and dumb.
When they brought him to Jesus, He took him aside from the multitude and looked up to heaven and said: "Ephaphatha," which means, "Be Opened," and right away he was able to both hear and speak.
Before Jesus went back to Jerusalem for the final aspect of His ministry, He raise a man from the dead named Lazarus. This great miracle made a large number of people believed on Him. John 11:34-45
In the final weeks of the life of Jesus and His ministry, He mentioned parables such as the widow's mite and the prophecy of the second coming. Following this was His authority being questioned and the woes of the Pharisees where Jesus criticizes their hypocrisy.
Jesus gave them the Olivet Discourse which speaks of the end times which is mostly about judgement and the way in which the believers should conduct themselves and always be vigilant to the second coming of the Lord. Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21.
One of the most important part of the life of Jesus and His ministry is the Last Supper, where we have the introduction of the Eucharist. Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20.
During The Last Supper, Jesus broke bread which represented His flesh, gave them to eat, and gave them "the cup" which represented His blood which was shed for our sins and told them to do it in remembrance of Him.
St John 14-17 concluded the Last Supper with a very long sermon known as the farewell Discourse which prepared the Apostles for the ascension of Jesus.
Jesus had been very busy throughout His ministry, He had no time to fool around because His time here was very limited and He couldn't waste it.
The people were always astonished by His doctrine, because He taught as one with authority, and not as the Scribes and Pharisees who were just talking and did not live or practice what they preached. Matthew 7:29
The life of Jesus has many lessons to teach us because He did not just talk because He was in a position to talk but rather, He lived every word that came out of His mouth.
The message of the life of Jesus is a message of hope, mercy and light in this troubled dark world.
The death of Jesus outlined in Isaiah 53:9 foretold specific details of the death of Christ hundreds of years before it happened. “They intended to bury him with criminals, but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, because he had committed no violent deed, nor had he spoken deceitfully.”
This prophecy was fulfilled in detail as outlined in the Gospel of Matthew 27:57-60. Additionally, Psalm 22:18 says, “They are dividing up my clothes among themselves; they are rolling dice for my garments.”.
The life of Jesus brings light and forgiveness unto everyone who will believe on Him.
This prophecy about Christ was fulfilled exactly in all its details as is mentioned in John 19:23-24. The scripture reminds us that God so loved the world that He sent his own son to die for our sins. The life of Jesus also involves dying, because without death there could be no resurrection. Through the death of Jesus, God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"
The death of Jesus was not a random occurrence or a failure. It was not defeat, or a sign of weakness. The death of Jesus was predestinated and executed to redeem mankind. The apostle Peter affirmed this when he rose up to speak his first sermon on the day of Pentecost. He told them in Acts 2:23 “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.
In the life of Jesus and His relationship with His disciples, He continually repeated in their hearing that He came to give Himself as a ransom for mankind, and that he would suffer and be killed, and after three days rose from the dead. Jesus was honest in His words, and clear, with no doubt or deception, everything that He said was certain to happen.
Jesus foretold his death. From that time, Jesus began to showed his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, be killed, and on the third day be raised. (Matthew 16:21) ''From that time forward, Jesus began to show his disciples how he must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders, the chief, the scribes and will be killed and rose again the third day''.
The death of Jesus was voluntary. The gospel of Mark back up Matthew with reference to Mark 8:31. Then he explained to them that he would give himself voluntarily in fulfillment of the scriptures, John 10:18 outlines this. Jesus told his disciples'' No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received to my father.
It is during the lowest and darkest times in our lives that we need to reflect on the life of Jesus and understand that we too need to bare our cross just as Jesus bore His.
The death of Jesus was divinely orchestrated/arranged and purposeful. That was the reason for his coming into our world, and He knew what was going to happen to Him. If we deny the death of Christ on the cross, we are accusing Him either of ignorance, lying or being crazy.
If we can study the life of Jesus and follow examples and teachings, our lives would be more impactful and give God the glory.
Jesus' disciples did not accept His words about His death on the cross. When Jesus was telling them that he would be killed and rose on the third day, Peter rebuked Him, because he wasn't expecting the life of Jesus to end like that, so he said Him, “God forbid, Lord.” But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an offence to me; thou savourest not the things that be of God , but those that be of man'' ( Matthew 16:22-23)
It is important to understand that as you go deeper in studying the life of Jesus, you must completely reject the suggestions of the devil and give God your undivided attention.
Jesus understood the importance of His death even when His disciples did not. Jesus spoke repeatedly about the necessity of his death (Luke 9:44). When the Roman soldier came from the chief priests and Pharisees to arrest Jesus, Jesus went out to them, knowing all that would happen to Him, and He asked them, “Whom do you seek?” They replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He told them, “I am He.” Then Jesus asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus replied, “I told you that I am He. If you are looking for Me, let these men go.” John 18:4-8. He affirmed to them that He was Jesus Christ and not someone who looked like Him. He did not deny, nor was he afraid to identify Himself. Nor did He ask one of His disciples to take His place on the cross, because He came for that purpose.
If we are going to adopt and live the life of Jesus, we need to walk in the Spirit so we don't fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Many thought that the life of Jesus and His ministry on earth was finished when they put Him into the grave, but little did they know that Jesus would be resurrected from the dead.
The earliest reference to the burial of Jesus is in a letter of Paul. Writing to the Corinthians around the year 54 AD, he refers to the account he had received of the death and resurrection of Jesus ("and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"
There were many people who were witnesses to the events at Calvary. Mark tells us in addition to his Mother, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome, there were "many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem" (Mark 15:40-41).
The mother of James and John were there (Matt. 27:56). These were the last ones to leave that afternoon. They would each give testimony that Jesus was dead. Joseph and Nicodemus followed the Jewish custom of burying their dead.
John emphasizes that no one had ever yet been laid in this new tomb. While Joseph requested the body from Pilate, Nicodemus "came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight" (John 19:39).
The "hundred pounds" referred to here is the Roman pound, equal to about eleven and a half ounces or seventy pounds in our measurement. They took the body of Jesus down from the cross and brought it to the new tomb. The "myrrh" was a fragrant resin exuded by a tree that grows in Arabia and is prized for its perfume.
There is an inner transformation that takes place when you study the life of Jesus.
The "aloes" are a strongly aromatic, quick-drying sap derived from the sap of a tree. The "spices" here are substances used for embalming, and are fragrant and bitter, and when used with myrrh it acts as a drying agent.
At the tomb Joseph and Nicodemus laid the body of Jesus on a slab and "bound it in linen cloths with the spices" in the manner of the Jews of Jesus' day (John 19:40). It was customary for the Jews to use oil, so that a third element in burial preparation may be being introduced."
Jewish people habitually prepared a body in order to put in a tomb during the days of Jesus. Only the head was left free in order to be covered with a special cloth after the body was in the tomb. The face was wrapped in separate cloths.
Jesus' burial in the rich man's tomb was a fulfillment of Isaiah 53:9. "His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth" (Isaiah 53:9).
Observing the life of Jesus, we found out that even though He was unworthy of death and no fault was found in Him, He obediently allowed them to kill Him so that you and I could be saved.
Following the crucifixion, the next day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone" (Matthew 27:62-66).
The life of Jesus suggest that we show love to others if we want to be like our Father in Heaven.
Let the life of Jesus be manifested in your own life so the name of the LORD be magnified through you.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is undeniable. It is the bench mark of the entire Christian faith. 1 Corinthians 15:17 declares “And if Christ be not risen your faith is vain, ye are yet in your sins'' "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9- 10, 13).
The apostle John tells us Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb early Sunday morning and found the tomb already undone. Mary Magdalene’s only reason for going to the tomb was to anoint the body of Jesus as it was customary. The resurrection story unfolds in:
The resurrection of Jesus took place on the third day after his death, a Sunday. Several women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna and Salome are all mentioned in the gospel accounts) went to the tomb at dawn to anoint the body of Jesus.
A violent earthquake took place as an angel from heaven rolled back the stone. The guards shook in fear as the angel, dressed in bright white, sat upon the stone.
The angel announced to the women that Jesus who was crucified was no longer in the tomb, "He is risen, just as He said." Then he instructed the women to inspect the tomb and see for themselves.
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:25-26)
It is not enough to just know about the life of Jesus, we also need to believe on the name of Jesus so that we can be saved.
Without the resurrection of Jesus, Jesus could have been thought of as simply a great teacher and a good man. But after he rose from the dead, his followers knew for certain that he was who he had claimed to be the resurrection and the life, the Savior of the world.
The resurrection of Jesus made it possible for Christians to receive the power of Christ's life living inside of us. (Romans 6:1–10; Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20).
The life of Jesus was not an ordinary life, and if our lives are going to bring God glory, we need to be more than an ordinary servant.
The resurrection of Jesus sealed the Lord's promise that all those who believe in him will experience resurrection life and share in eternity (John 3:15; 4:14; 17:3; 1 Corinthians 15:20).
The ascension of Jesus Christ can be found in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:9. Before Jesus ascended however, he was among His disciples for forty days, teaching them about the Kingdom of God. Acts 1:3.
The Lord instructed them that they should not leave Jerusalem until they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. He told them that they would receive power after the Holy Ghost came upon them and they would be witnesses unto Him everywhere they went. Acts 1:4-8
The life of Jesus is the perfect example of the Christian life and we need to observe and follow His examples daily.
The Ascension of Jesus took place upon the Mount of Olives according to Luke 19:29. Jesus appeared to His disciples several times after His resurrection.
The first person He appeared to was Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem. Matthew 28:9-10, Mark 16:9 and John 20:14-17.
Next Jesus Christ appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. When He appeared to them He disguised Himself and they did not know that it was Him and when He enquired about what the people were saying about Him, they told Him every word. Luke 24:12-32.
He later appeared to Simon in Luke 24:34.
On the evening of the first day of the week, He appeared unto His disciples excluding Thomas, who when the others told him about the visit of Christ, said that he would not believe unless he sees Him with his eyes and touch the print of the nail in His hands. John 20:19-25
Eight days later Jesus appeared to Thomas and told him to stretch his hand and examine the nail print in His hand and the cuts in His side. When He showed Thomas the cuts then he begun to believe.
However, Jesus said unto him: "Thomas because you see you believe, blessed are those who do not see and yet they believe." John 20:26-29.
When you read about the life of Jesus in the Gospels, do you believe them or are you just wasting your time reading something that you don't believe?
And just before His ascension, Jesus appeared unto the eleven, (because remember Judas had hanged himself after betraying Jesus Christ) telling them to go and make more disciples and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Matthew 28:16-20
The ascension was a demonstration that His time on earth was ended. Everything that happened in the life of Jesus was as a result of many prophecies in the Old Testament Scriptures.
From His Divine conception in the womb of Mary to His ascension up into glory, were perfectly planned out by God and no stones were left unturned.
While He was with His disciples He told them that He had to go and prepare a place for them, so that where He is we can also come and be with Him because this is not our final home. John 14:3
Thank you for reading this article on the life of Jesus. There is so much to learn about the life of Jesus in this content, but there are a lot more you can learn from your Bible as you study the life of Jesus so keep reading your Bible.
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