The whole of the Old Testament builds the foundation for the need of the arrival of the Messiah. To Adam and Eve was promised “a Seed” who would “bruise the head’ of the serpent. To Abraham one of his offspring through Isaac would bring a blessing to all the families in the earth and God would establish an “everlasting covenant” through this Descendant. Out of Jacob a Star would rise, and out of Israel a Scepter of righteousness would come forth. To Moses one was promised to be a Prophet like him. To David one of His “Sons” would be on his throne and “of the increase of His government and peace there would be no end”. To the prophet Micah He would be born in Bethlehem. To Daniel the exact day He would enter Jerusalem. To Isaiah He would be born of a virgin and would bind up the brokenhearted, but tragically would be rejected by His own people. To Hosea He would be called from Egypt. To Malachi, Elijah would proceed him. In the Psalms He was declared to be the Son of God, a priest after the order of Melchizedek and would speak in parables. Zacheriah spoke of His triumphal entry on a donkey and Him being betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. The Psalms spoke of Him being falsely accused, hated without reason, Him being forsaken by God and the soldiers gambling for His garments. To Isaiah He would be silent before His accusers and would be spit on and struck. To Zechariah He would be pierced. And the Psalms declare His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God.
Each of the four gospels presents Jesus in different aspects as the Messiah: Matthew presents Him as the perfect King of Israel; Mark presents Him as the perfect servant; Luke presents Him as a perfect man; and John presents Him as God among us. By putting the four gospels together in chronological order we get yet another view of our Lord. We see His birth and youth. Then we see His baptism, temptations and the beginnings of his ministry. We see him choose twelve disciples and begin training them. We see that from the beginning, the people loved him but the religious struggled with His words and soon turned to hating him and set about planning to kill Him. We see Him send out the seventy, two by two. Then people start turning away from Him because of His claims to be “the Son of God.” They love His miracles but want nothing to do with His words. We see Him turning to the twelve and asking, “Are you going to leave also?” We watch as the disciples, on the night of His last supper with them, argue over who is going to be the greatest as He simply washes their feet and shows them the meaning of true leadership. Our hearts break as we watch Him betrayed by one of His own and then deserted and denied in His last hours before the crucifixion. We stand in stunned silence before the crucifixion of the Creator of the universe. We are filled with awe as He is raised from the dead and appears to His disciples. Then we are filled with courage and hope as He sends His disciples out with the instruction to go into the entire world and preach this gospel to every creature.
But more importantly, we see His character and how He responds to everyone who approaches him, and how human He is. As we watch, on the edge of our seats, He gently encourages the “sinners” and yet sends away empty those who try to establish their own righteousness. We are able to see in Jesus the very heart of God and His tender compassion towards those who are weak and helpless. We get our first glimpse of what prayer really is; approaching Jesus in fear and trembling and being given more than we could have ever hoped for. As we look into the gospels of Jesus Christ, we see what all mankind has longed for: Salvation that is free and everlasting. That is good news! We hear the call to take up our cross and follow after Him. He doesn’t promise us wealth and prosperity, but rather riches in heaven and a life that counts in the midst of a crooked and perverse society. But best of all, He promises never to leave or forsake us, and offers us the opportunity to participate in His sufferings. How privileged we are to suffer with Him.
God bless you as you grow in the knowledge of your Lord Jesus Christ and see how easily He is entreated. Lay your whole life before Him and He will take you safely through this life and give you a rich welcome in eternity.
Now may God richly bless your reading the book of The Life of Jesus as it opens up to you.
Jesus, the Word became flesh
Many have undertaken to compile a narrative of those things which have been carried out fully among us. Just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, they delivered them to us. It seemed good to me also, having traced the course accurately and had a complete understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, O most excellent Theophilus, lover of Theos, the Triune God, so that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Theos, the Triune God, and Theos, the Triune God, was the Word. He was in the beginning with Theos, the Triune God. All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of Theos, the Triune God. To those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Theos, the Triune God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of Patayr, the Father, full of grace and truth.
The book of the genealogy of Iesous Christos, Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David, the king. David, the king, begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Iesous, Jesus, who is called Christos, Christ, the Anointed One. So, all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until Christos, Christ, the Anointed One, are fourteen generations.
Now Iesous, Jesus, Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being as was supposed the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, the son of Joannas, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of Theos, the Triune God.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before Theos, the Triune God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of Kyrios, the Lord, blameless. But they had no child because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So, it was that while he was serving as priest before Theos, the Triune God, in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of Kyrios, the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.
Then an angel of Kyrios, the Lord, appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of Kyrios, the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with Pneuma Hagios, the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to Kyrios ton Theos, the Lord your God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for Kyrios, the Lord.” And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of Theos, the Triune God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
And the people waited for Zacharias and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless. And so, it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus Kyrios, the Lord, has dealt with me in the days when He looked on me to take away my reproach among people.”
Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by Theos, the Triune God, to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, Kyrios, the Lord, is with you, and blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with Theos, the Triune God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth Huios, a Son, and shall call His name Iesous, Jesus. He will be great and will be called Huios, the Son, of the Highest, and Kyrios O Theos, the Lord God, will give Him the throne of His father, David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be since I have not had relations with a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “Pneuma Hagios, the Holy Spirit, will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called Huios Theos, the Son of the Triune God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with Theos, the Triune God, nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of Kyrios, the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with Pneuma Hagios, the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of Kyrios, my Lord, should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from Kyrios, the Lord.”
And Mary said. “My soul magnifies Kyrios, my Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in Theos, the Triune God, my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant, for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.”
And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her house.
Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. When her neighbors and relatives heard how Kyrios, the Lord, had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. So, it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child, and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. His mother answered and said, “No, he shall be called John.” But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” So, they made signs to his father, what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So, they all marveled. Immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising Theos, the Triune God. Then fear came on all who dwelt around them, and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of Kyrios, the Lord, was with him.
Now his father Zacharias was filled with Pneuma Hagios, the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, “Blessed is Kyrios O Theos, the Lord the Triune God. For He has visited and redeemed His people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began. That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father, Abraham. To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the face of Kyrios, the Lord, to prepare His way. To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our Theos, the Triune God. With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
So, the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.