1:26-56 gives us the beautiful picture of the
promise of the Messiah's birth. God sent the angel,
Gabriel, to announce this promise to a virgin named
Mary. For nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Mary
was pledged to be married to Joseph, a descendant of David.
doesn't tell us too much about Jesus' childhood. It tells
us of his birth and when he was 12 years old, his parents,
Mary and Joseph, found Jesus in the temple courts sitting
among the teachers (Luke 2:41-46). Then we know when Jesus
was about 30 years old, he began his ministry (Luke 3:23).
had four younger brothers - James, Joseph, Simon and Judas.
He had more than one sister (Matthew 55-56).
was fully God. "In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with
God in the
beginning" (John 1:1-2).
was fully human. "The Word became flesh and made
his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory
of the One and
Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth"(John
is the Son of God. How do we know this? Evidence has been
clearly presented in the Book of John. John gives testimony:
"I have seen and testify that this is the
of God" (John
1:34) ; "This is the disciple who testifies
to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his
said "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.
There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that
his testimony about me is valid. You have sent to John and
he has testified to the truth." (John 5:31-33)
said "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this
am not of this world." (John 8:23)
was without sin. Yes, he was tempted by Satan
(Luke 4:1-13, Matthew 4:1-11), but Jesus
never sinned. Jesus was the perfect man and is the perfect
sacrifice so that all that believe in him will be saved.
prophesy of Jesus dates back to Adam and Eve. God commanded
Adam "You are free to eat from any tree
in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, for when you eat of it, you will surely die." (Genisis
of Satan, the tempter and liar, Eve was tempted and deliberately
disobeyed God's command. She then gave the fruit to Adam,
who in turn, disobeyed God's command as well. God cursed
Satan (the serpent). "And I will put enmity
between you and the woman, and between your offspring and
your head, and you will strike his heel" (Genisis
3:14-15). This is where God was revealing his plan to defeat
Satan and offer salvation to the world through his son, Jesus
you ever heard of a godly man named Abraham? God tested Abraham
and told him to take his only son, Isaac and sacrifice him
as a burnt offering (Genesis 22). Abraham loved God, trusted
God, and obeyed God. As he was about to slay his son, God
said "Abraham! Abraham! Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do
not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because
you have not withheld from me your son, your only son." Abraham
looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its
horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as
a burnt offering instead of his son. (Genesis 22:9-13) My
bible reference puts this very clearly. Notice the parallel
between the ram offered on the altar as a substitute for
Isaac and Christ offered on the cross as a substitute for
us. Whereas God stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son,
God did not spare his own Son, Jesus from dying on the cross.
If Jesus had lived, the rest of humankind would have died.
God sent his only Son to die for us so that we can be spared
from the eternal death we deserve and instead receive eternal
wrote "God so loved the world that He gave his one and
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have
eternal life" (John 3:16)
to know where Jesus came from? Check
out the geneology of Jesus in Matthew 1 and Luke 3.
true light that gives light to every man was coming into
the world. He was in the world, and though the world was
made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came
to that which was his own, but his own did not receive
him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed
in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision
or a husband's will, but born of God." (John
who welcome Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives are reborn
spiritually, receiving new life from God. Through faith
in Christ, this new birth changes us from the inside out
- rearranging our attitudes, desires, and motives.
said, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself;
he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever
the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves
the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement
he will show him even greater things than these. For just
as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so
the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover,
the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judment to
the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the
Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the
Father, who sent him.(John 5:19-23)
said "When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me
only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he
sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a
light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness"