“But we see Jesus, who was…" Part 2

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With today’s sequel to last month’s, “But we see Jesus, who was,” I’m hopeful that in some way, they’ll either kindle or rekindle a greater desire to learn more about Jesus, the son of God. 

As a brief recap, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” Heb. 2:9. Jesus was present with God and the Holy Spirit, He leaves heaven, “...but a body hast thou prepared me” Heb. 10:5. “…Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Isa. 7:14, Luke 2:11, 21. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and statue, and in favour with God and man” Luke 2:52. 

Today, we begin with the ministry of John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Malachi 3:1; Matt.11:10, in the wilderness of Judea Matt. 3:1. “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: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” Matt. 3: 11-12. 

Now, at age 30 Luke 3:23, “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him” Matt. 3:13. Afterward, he prayed, the heaven was opened, the Holy Spirit descends on him in the form of a dove, then came a voice from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” Luke 3:21-22. 

“Then was Jesus led up by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil” Matt. 4:1, he was there and fasted for 40 days and nights, afterward an hungered, then three times tempted by the devil but was victorious Matt. 4:1-11.

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” Mark 1:14-15; Matt. 4:16; Isa. 9:2. Jesus’ public ministry had now begun.

Most reference Bibles have a section called the Harmony of the Gospels. It’s a chronological listing of events in the life of Jesus, scripturally supported by the four gospel accounts. My Nelson NKJV 1995 shows 187 events under 8 headings. Jesus’ Galilean, Judean and Perean ministries have the greater numbers. 

A specific objective came with the recording of these events. For example, what was the expected result of the miracles of Jesus? Here Jesus answers, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” John 10:37-38.  The result was that of confirmation, defined as “An official indicator that the things will happen as planned”, so whatever Jesus further says or does will continue to be sanctioned by the Father, because it’s His will.

Another major question is this, what was the purpose of the personal ministry of Jesus?  Here again, we call upon Jesus for the answer, and whatever it is will be the correct one. “And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth” Mark 1:37-38. In these passages, though all were not healed that were desiring it, we see the answer which Jesus gave to his disciples who found him. He told them, we’re going into the next towns. What did Jesus preach? “the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of Gospel is at a hand: repent ye and believe the gospel” Mark 1:14-15; 9:1. Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:1-10. This salvation came through the blood of Jesus Christ Matt. 26:26-39, for there’s no other name under heaven whereby man can be saved Acts 4:12.

The kingdom, of which Jesus spoke, was his church Matt. 16:18-19. It was established on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. On that occasion Peter preached the first gospel sermon in the name of the resurrected Lord. And those who were pricked in their hearts, inquired of Peter of what they must do, to be saved. They were told to repent and be baptized, at which point they contacted the saving blood of Christ Rom. 6:3, in order for the remission of sins Acts 2:38, and were added to the saved Acts 2:47. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 1 Pet. 1:18-20. 

But we see Jesus, as Creator, our King, our Savior, our Mediator, and finally as our Judge. “If you love me, keep my commandments” John 14:5.They’re “not grievous” 1 John 5:3.    

Don Craven is a member of the McArthur Heights Church of Christ and can be reached at doncraven@juno.com.