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Lesson 6

Chart 1

Introduction to the New Testament

 

 I. Introduction to the New Testament

The books from Matthew through Revelation are called the New Testament, because they present the new covenant that Jesus made. Old Testament prophets had predicted the establishment of this new covenant.

 

There are twenty-seven books in the New Testament. You can easily remember this number by counting the letters in the words New Testament. There are three letters in the word New, and nine letters in the word Testament. Three times nine is twenty-seven. These books were written by eight authors over a period of approximately one hundred years. The men used by the Holy Spirit for this work were Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, and Jude.

 

The New Testament is divided into 5 sections: The four Gospels; one book of History; The fourteen Pauline Epistles; The seven General Epistles and one book of Prophecy.

 

It is vitally important to recognize the purpose of each book, and to whom it was written. This saves much misinterpretation of scriptures.

 

The first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke.and John, are often called the four gospels. These books present a biography of the Life of Christ. They describe the details of His birth, His ministry, death, burial, and resurrection.

 

1. Matthew - Matthew seemed to be addressing the Jewish readers, and presented a strong emphasis on Jesus Christ as the Messiah predicted by the Old Testament prophets.

2. Mark - Mark seemed to have had Gentile readers in mind, and stressed the supernatural power of Jesus, demonstrating His divinity by the miracles He performed. This book emphasizes the things that Jesus said by the things which He did.

3. Luke - Luke presented Jesus as the Son of God, but turned his attention especially to the humanity of Jesus, featuring His compassion for the weak, the suffering, and the outcast.

4. The Synoptic Gospels -The first three gospels are sometimes called the synoptic gospels, meaning that they take a common view, of order of the events surrounding the Life of Christ. While each book was ultimately intended for all of mankind, Matthew seems to have had foremost in his mind the Jew, Mark, the Roman (Gentile), and Luke the Greek. Why was this?

a. Matthew and Scripture - The Jewish mind had been diligently indoctrinated with the Scriptures. Jews were taught to view everything from a scriptural perspective. Matthew, again and again, quotes from the Old Testament in support of his claim that Jesus was the Messiah.

 

b. Mark and Authority - The Roman mind focused on governmental authority and power. Mark, therefore, stressed the miracles of Christ, emphasizing His supernatural authority over all things.

c. Luke and the Glorious Perfection of Jesus - The Greek mind was attracted to culture, philosophy, wisdom, reason, beauty, and education. Luke, presented a complete, orderly, and classical story, in what has been called "the most beautiful book ever written." The Book of Luke revealed the glorious beauty and perfection of the ideal man, the Lord Jesus Christ.

5. John and the Deity of Jesus -John balanced the other three gospels by his special emphasis on the deity of Jesus. His book began in much the same way the Book of Genesis started. He revealed that Jesus Christ was the Word made flesh, and that He was from the very beginning, God the creator of all things. John stressed the things Jesus said, rather than what He did. Someone has said, "The others were anxious to record, John was eager to interpret."

6. Acts - The first four books of the New Testament present a history, or biography, of the Life of Christ. The next book, Acts, gives a history of the early church. The first chapter continues the story of the last moments of Christ while He remained on the earth, then records the establishment of the church in Jerusalem. There the Promise of the Father (the Holy Ghost) was poured out upon the waiting believers (Acts 2). The establishment of the church was prophesied in the gospels (Matthew 16), and accomplished in Acts. While the heading supplied by the printers of the Bible reads "The Acts of the Apostles," a more proper wording might be the Acts or History of the Early Church. To understand how the church was founded and what one must do to be in the church, it is necessary to study the Book of Acts. This book records the history of how the New Testament church was born.

7. The Epistles - The next twenty-one books are epistles or letters, written to the believers in the churches, telling them how to live the victorious Christian life. The epistles are not written to tell one how to be saved, they are written to people who are already saved. They teach the church how to stay saved, and how to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

a. The Pauline Epistles - Paul wrote the first 14 books of the epistles. They are called the Pauline Epistles, because they were written by the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote a letter to the church at Rome, two letters to the church at Corinth, one to the church at Galatia, one to the church at Ephesus, and so forth. Within the Pauline Epistles are three books commonly called the Pastoral Epistles, I Timothy, II Timothy and Titus. They are called pastoral because they offer instructions concerning leadership in the churches.

b. The General Epistles - The next seven books, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, and Jude, are called the General Epistles, because they are written to the church at large, or in general. Each of these books bear the name of the author.

8. Prophecy- Finally, the Book of Revelation stands in a class by itself. It is largely prophetic in nature, although it begins with an address to seven of the churches located in Asia Minor. John was instructed to,

"Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" (Revelation 1:19).

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Lesson 6

Chart 2

John the Baptist

 

Mark 1:8

8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost

Luke 3:2-17

2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?

11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?

13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

 14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;

16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

 

John the Baptist

The Old Testament prophets had predicted the coming of one who would prepare the way for the Messiah.

"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our Cod. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it" (Isaiah 40:3-5).

Isa 40:3-5

3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

 

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

 

5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

 

 

"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts" (Malachi 3:1).

These predictions were fulfilled in the ministry of John the Baptist.

". . .the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God"

(Luke 3:2-6).

"for this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee" (Matthew 11:10).

 

1. John Preached Repentance and Baptism - John the Baptist preached repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins (Mark 1:2-4).

 

Mark 1:2-4

2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

 

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

 

4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

 

Many came to hear John and to be baptized.

 

2. John—Forerunner of Jesus Christ - John preached that he was not the Christ but that another would come, and it would be he they should follow.

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire" (Matthew 3:11, see also Mark 1:7-8).

Mark 1:7-8

7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

 

8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

 

The One whom John predicted was none other than Jesus Christ. John introduced Him.

 

3. John Revealed Jesus as the "Lamb of God" - "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me. Upon whom thou shaft see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God" (John 1:29-34).

John 1:29-34

29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

 

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

 

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

 

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

 

34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

John's statement not only identified Jesus as the Messiah, but also described the foundation of His ministry: "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." This had been revealed in advance to Joseph, Mary's husband:

". . .the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:20-21).

 

In Germany many years ago, a man was working high upon the steeple of a church. Suddenly he lost his footing and fell headlong to the ground beneath. Grazing on the grass in the churchyard was a lamb. The body of the man fell on the lamb, and thus his fall was broken. The lamb perished, but the man was saved. As a token of his gratitude, he carved in one of the stones over the doorway of the church the figure of a lamb. Every true church has that lamb, as it were carved in the stone of its wall. "Behold the lamb of God."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lesson 6

Chart 3

The Birth of Jesus Christ

 

 

Isa 7:14

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

Isa 9:6

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

The Birth of Jesus Christ

1. Events of Birth

The birth of Jesus is recorded in Luke 2:1-20.

Luke 2:1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

 

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

 

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

 

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

 

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

 

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

 

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

 

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

 

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

 

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

 

 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

 

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

 

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

 

It occurred during the reign of Caesar Augustus, who had declared a taxation on all the people in his kingdom. Because each person was required to go into his native city to be taxed, Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem. While they were there, Mary gave birth to the Christ child in a stable, and laid Him in a manger. The city was so crowded that there was no room for the family to stay in the inn.

 

An angel proclaimed the birth of the Savior, Christ the Lord, in Bethlehem to shepherds who were watching over their flocks outside the city. When the angels departed, the shepherds followed their instructions journeying into Bethlehem.

 

They found Mary and Joseph with the baby in the stable. The shepherds told many people of their angelic visit, glorifying and praising God.

 

Later, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem, in an effort to find the One who was born King of the Jews. This is recorded in Matthew 2. They came first to King Herod in Jerusalem inquiring where the king was to be born. Herod inquired of the chief priests and scribes who told him that Christ was to be born in Bethlehem. King Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem asking that they return and inform him if they found the child. The wise men departed into their own country another way (Matthew 2:12).

 

Matt 2:12

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

 

The Lord also warned Joseph to take Jesus out of the country into Egypt. This was to protect Him from the anger of Herod, who later killed all the children in the Bethlehem area, who were two years old and under. Herod became very alarmed upon hearing of a King of the Jews being born. When Herod was dead, the angel of the Lord appeared again to Joseph in a dream, and instructed him to return to the land of Israel. Joseph moved his family to Nazareth, in Galilee.

 

2. Jesus' Early Life -Jesus lived at home with Mary, Joseph, His brothers and sisters, until He was about thirty years of age, submitting to parental authority. The only record we have of His activities between the time of the family's return from Egypt to Nazareth, is their visit to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve. At that time, "they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers"

(Luke 2:41-52).

 

Luke 2:41-52

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

 

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

 

 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

 

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

 

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

 

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

 

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

 

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

 

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

 

50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

 

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

 

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lesson 6

Chart 4

Prophecies Concerning Jesus Christ

 

Old Testament Prophecy.................New Testament Fulfillment     

 

(1.)Genesis 3:15............Seed of Woman......................Matthew 1:20

 

(2.)Isaiah 7:14..................Virgin Born........................Matthew 1:18

 

(3.)Genesis 49:10.............Tribe of Judah.....................Luke 3:23,33

 

(4.)Micah 5:2.................Born at Bethlehem..................Matthew 2:1

 

(5.)Psalm 72:10..........Presented With Gifts.............Matthew 2:1,11

 

(6.)Jeremiah 31:15..........Herod Kills Children...........Matthew 2:16

 

(7.)Isaiah 7:14.................Shall Be Immanuel...............Matthew 1:23

 

(8.)Isaiah 40:3.........Preceded by a Messenger ...........Matthew 3:1-2

 

(9.)Isaiah 35:5-6...........Ministry of Miracles...............Matthew 9:35

 

(10.)Zechariah 9:9....Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey....Luke 19:35-37

 

(11.)Psalm16:10.......................Resurrection.........................Acts 2:31

 

(12.)Psalm 68:18........................Ascension.............................Acts 1:9

 

(13.)Psalm 41:9................Betrayed by a Friend................John 13:21

 

(14.)Zechariah 11:12.....Sold for 30 Pieces of Silver....Matthew 26:15

 

(15.)Zechariah 11:13.........Money Thrown Down …....Matthew 27:5

 

(16.)Zechariah 13:7........Forsaken by His Disciples....Matthew 26:56

 

(17.)Psalm 35:11.......Accused by False Witness.....Matthew 26:59-60

 

(18.)Isaiah 53:7...........Dumb Before Accusers ..........Matthew 27:12

 

(19.)Isaiah 53:5.............Wounded and Bruised............Matthew 27:26

 

(20.)Isaiah 50:6..........Smitten and Spit Upon..............Matthew 27:30

 

(21.)Psalm 22:7-8........................Mocked......................Matthew 27:31

 

(22.)Psalm 22:16.............Hand and Feet Pierced..............John 20:25

 

(23.)Isaiah 53:12.........Crucified With Thieves............Matthew 27:38

 

(24.)Psalm 22:18....Garments Parted and Lots Cast....John 19:23-24

 

(25.)Psalm 22:1..............His Forsaken Cry...................Matthew 27:46

 

(26.)Numbers 9:12............Bones Not Broken................John 19:33-36

 

(27.)Zechariah 12:10.........Side Pierced.......................John 19:34

 

(28.)Amos 8:9...........Darkness Over the Land ............Matthew 27:45

 

(29.)Isaiah 53:9....Buried in Rich Man's Tomb.....Matthew 27:57-60.   

 

 

IV. Prophecies Concerning Jesus Christ

(1) Genesis 3:15, the earliest specific prophecy concerning the Messiah, had predicted that He would be born of a woman. This was fulfilled by His birth of Mary (Matthew 1:20).

Matt 1:20

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

 

(2) Isaiah 7:14 had foretold that the Messiah, Immanuel, would be born of a virgin. This was specificially fulfilled by His birth of the virgin Mary, as recorded in Matthew 1:18-23.

Matt 1:18-23

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

 

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

 

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

 

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

 

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

(3) The exact tribe of Israel through which the Messiah would come was revealed in Genesis 49:10 as the tribe of Judah. That this was precisely the case is seen in Luke 3:23-33.

 

 

Luke 3:23-33

23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

 

24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,

 

25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,

 

26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda,

 

27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri,

 

28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,

 

29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,

 

30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,

 

31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,

 

32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,

 

33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,

 

(4) Micah 5:2 had further predicted that the Messiah would be born in the obscure town of Bethlehem. This is, of course, where Jesus was born (Matthew 2:1).

 

 

Matt 2:1

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

 

(5) Even the visit of the wise men had been foretold in the Old Testament (Psalm 72:10; Matthew 2:1-11).

Ps 72:10

10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

 

Matt 2:1-11

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

 

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

 

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

 

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

 

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

 

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

 

 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

 

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

 

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

 

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

 

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

 

(6) The cruel hatred of Herod was in the foreknowledge of God (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18).

Jer 31:15

15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

 

 

Matt 2:16-18

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

 

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

 

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

 

(7) It was no accident that His name was called Emmanuel, meaning "God with us." This had been predicted by the prophet Isaiah (7:14), and was fulfilled as seen in Matthew 1:23.

Isa 7:14

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

Matt 1:23

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

(8) As we have already discovered, even the fact that Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner, a messenger, was known to the students of Old Testament prophecy (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:1-2).

 

Isa 40:3

3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

 

Matt 3:1-2

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

 

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

(9) The wonderful ministry of miracles, the healing of the blind, the deaf, the lame, the dumb, had been foretold by Isaiah (35:5-6). This was brought to pass in Jesus' ministry (Matthew 9:35).

Isa 35:5-6

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

 

6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

 

Matt 9:35

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

 

(10) Zechariah 9:9 had foreseen the fact that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey. Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus did just that (Luke 19:35-37).

Luke 19:35-37

35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

 

36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

 

37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

 

(11) David, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, had prophesied the resurrection of the Christ (Psalm 16:10).

Ps 16:10

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

Peter, preaching the first sermon in the church, quoted this verse, and applied it to the resurrection (Acts 2:31).

Acts 2:31

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

 

(12) David had also predicted the ascension of the Christ

(Psalm 68:18).

Ps 68:18

18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

 

This is recorded in Acts 1:9.

Acts 1:9

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

 

The Apostle Paul, years later, applied Psalm 68:18 to the ascension of the Lord (Ephesians 4:8-10).

Eph 4:8-10

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

 

9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

 

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

 

(13) The betrayal of the Messiah by one who had been His friend was no surprise, for it was prophetically seen in Psalm 41:9. Judas was this friend (Matthew 26:50; John 13:21).

Ps 41:9

9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

 

Matt 26:50

50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

 

 

John 13:21

21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

 

(14) Even the amount of money for which Jesus was betrayed had been specifically mentioned in the Old Testament (Zechariah 11:12).

Zech 11:12

12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

It was thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15).

Matt 26:15

15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

 

(15) Zechariah 11:13 had further predicted that this same money would be thrown down in the temple at Jerusalem, which was—at that time—God's house. Judas did that very thing (Matthew 27:5).

Zech 11:13

13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD

 

Matt 27:5

5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

 

 (16) In prophetic language, Zechariah 13:7 had pictured the forsaking of Jesus by His disciples.

Zech 13:7

7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

 

 Mark 14:50 reveals the total, stark fulfillment of this tragic event.

Mark 14:50

50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

 

(17) That the Messiah would be accused by false witnesses is seen in Psalm 35:11.

Ps 35:11

11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

 

 That this actually occurred is recorded in Matthew 26:59-60.

Matt 26:59-60

59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

 

60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

 

(18) Isaiah 53, a touching and dramatic foretelling of the crucifixion of the Messiah, stated that He would be dumb, or silent, before His accusers. In keeping with this, Jesus answered nothing to the accusations (Matthew 27:12).

Matt 27:12

12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

 

Later, the Apostle Peter makes reference to this, as well

(I Peter 2:22-23).

1 Peter 2:22-23

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

 

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

 

(19) Isaiah 53 also foretold the bruising and wounding of the Messiah, in verse 5. The fulfillment is recorded in Matthew 27:26.

Isa 53:5

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

Matt 27:26

26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

 

(20) Isaiah 50:6 had recorded a prediction of the smiting of the Messiah, and even the plucking of the hair from his cheeks, and spitting in His face.

Isa 50:6

6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

 Luke 22:63 tells of the smiting of Jesus.

Luke 22:63

63 And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.

 

(21) Psalm 22:7-8 describes the mocking that was done at the Messiah; the actual event is seen in Matthew 27:31.

Ps 22:7-8

7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,

 

8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

 

Matt 27:31

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

 

(22) The piercing of the Messiah's hands and feet was foretold in both Psalm 22:16 and Zechariah 12:10. John 20:25 records the fulfillment.

Ps 22:16

16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

 

 

Zech 12:10

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

 

John 20:25

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

 

(23) Isaiah 53:12, the great predictive passage, said the Messiah would be "numbered with the transgressors." This came to pass as He was crucified with thieves (Matthew 27:38).

Matt 27:38

38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

 

(24) Psalm 22, to which we have already referred, is another chapter which deals specifically with the crucifixion of the Messiah. Verse 18 foretold that His garments would be parted and lots cast for His robe. This was brought to pass by the actions of the Roman soldiers as Jesus hung on the cross (John 19:23-24).

John 19:23-24

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

 

24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

 

(25) The first verse of Psalm 22 had even recorded the Messiah's forsaken cry, many hundreds of years in advance. His actual words at this desperate moment are found in Matthew 27:46.

Matt 27:46

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

(26) The Roman soldiers, though they broke the bones of the thieves on either side of Jesus, did not break His. This was no accident, but had been foreseen in Psalm 34:20.

Ps 34:20

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

 

The New Testament account is given in John 19:31-36.

John 19:31-36

31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

 

32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

 

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

 

35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

 

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

 

(27) Zechariah 12:10 did not limit the piercing of the Messiah to that of His hands and feet. As noted in John 19:34, He was also pierced in the side.

Zech 12:10

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

 

John 19:34

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

 

(28) The unusual darkness which covered the land during the crucifixion of Christ (Matthew 27:45), had been foretold in

Amos 8:9.

Matt 27:45

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

 

Amos 8:9

9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

 

(29) Returning to Isaiah 53:9, the burial of the Messiah in a rich man's tomb had even been revealed. The record of the event is found in Matthew 27:57-60.

Isa 53:9

9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

 

Matt 27:57-60

57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

 

58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.

 

59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

 

60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

 

It is obvious to all sincere students of God's Word that these amazing predictions and fulfillments can be nothing short of miraculous. Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies, when He came into the earth on God's exact time schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 6

Chart 5

The Miracles of Jesus Christ

 

Matt 3:13

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

 

Matt 4:1-10

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

 

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

 

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

 

6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

 

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

 

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

 

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

V. The Miracles of Jesus Christ

1. Jesus Baptized - The next recorded event in the Life of Christ is His baptism by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17).

 

Matt 3:13-17

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

 

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

 

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

 

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

John was reluctant to baptize Christ, but submitted when Jesus told him that it was necessary to fulfill all righteousness (Law). As Jesus came up out of the water, John saw the heavens opened and the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus. He also heard a voice which said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." This was a sign from God to John that Jesus was the Messiah (John 1:32-34).

 

John 1:32-34

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

 

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

 

34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

 

2. Jesus' Temptation

Following His baptism, Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. A complete account of this is found in Matthew 4:1-11.

Matt 4:1-11

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

 

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

 

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

 

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

 

 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

 

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

 

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

 

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

 

After forty days and nights of fasting, the tempter came to Jesus. First, he appealed to the natural hunger that Jesus suffered, and tempted Him to use His supernatural powers, to turn stones into bread. It is important to note that Satan's actual attack was directed toward the divinity of Jesus. He said, "If thou be the Son of God. . ." Evidently the devil's major focus at this point was to attempt to cause Jesus to doubt His own divinity.

 

Jesus wisely would not debate this point with the devil. It was not debatable. Satan always tries this first; he endeavors to cause a person to doubt God's Word. That was also his approach in the Garden of Eden. Jesus responded to the enemy with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Eph 6:17

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

He began by saying, "It is written."

The devil then took Jesus into the city of Jerusalem to the pinnacle of the temple, and again tempted Him to question His deity. This time Satan attempted to use the Word of God to justify his temptation. He did not quote the pure Word of God as found in Psalm 91:11-12, but rather his own distorted version of it.

 

Ps 91:11-12

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

 

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 

Again, Jesus responded only with the pure Word of God. Finally, the devil took Jesus into a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. He claimed that he would give them to Jesus, if He would fall down and worship him. Jesus quoted the Word of God and commanded the devil to leave. The devil left Jesus for a period of time (Luke 4:13).

Luke 4:13

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

 

Angels came and ministered to Jesus. Following the temptation, Jesus entered into His ministry, calling disciples unto Himself, and fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 61.

"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.

 

And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written. 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, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is the scripture fulfilled in your ears" (Luke 4:16-21).

Luke 4:16-21

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

 

17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

 

18 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, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

 

19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

 

20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

 

21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

 

3. The Miraculous Ministry of Jesus - Jesus' miraculous ministry was in direct fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. He gave sight to the blind (Matthew 9:27-31).

Matt 9:27-31

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

 

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

 

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

 

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

 

31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

 

 

He raised the dead (John 11:41-44).

Luke 11:41-44

41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

 

42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

 

43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

 

44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

 

At His touch lepers were cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-4).

Matt 8:2-4

2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

 

3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

 

4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

 

The lame walked (John 5:1-9).

John 5:1-9

1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 

2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

 

3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

 

4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

 

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

 

6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

 

7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

 

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

 

9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

 

The deaf heard, and the dumb could speak (Mark 7:35-37).

Mark 7:35-37

35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

 

36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

 

37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

 

In the meantime, John the Baptist had been placed in prison for his condemnation of Herod's sin. John told Herod that it was unlawful for him to have his brother's wife (Matthew 14:3-4).

Matt 14:3-4

3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

 

4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

 

While in prison, John heard of Christ's ministry, and sent two of his disciples to ask, "Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?" (Matthew 11:3). Jesus answered:

". . .Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached unto them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me" (Matthew 11:4-6).

 

4. The Heart of Jesus' Ministry

Some of the Jewish people were confused, because they had expected their Messiah to be born in a palace, of a noble family, and to free them from Roman oppression. They had misunderstood the prophecies of the prophets.

Jesus came to minister to all men, not just the rich. He came to establish a kingdom which was not of this world (John 18:36).

John 18:36

36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

 

His message was not one of revolution, but repentance           (Mark 1:5).

Mark 1:5

5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

 

And when questioned by John's followers concerning whether or not He really was the Messiah, Jesus offered as proof His ministry to the blind, the lame, the lepers, the deaf, the dead and the poor! Clearly, He did not come for the express purpose of aligning Himself with the so-called dignitaries of this world, but to teach and reach people at their point of greatest need. This is recorded in Hebrews 4:15-16.

Heb 4:15-16

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Jesus never refused anyone. He never turned any away. His invitation was universal:

". . .If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"           (John 7:37-39).

 

 

 

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