Monday, March 4, 2013

The Real Truth About Jesus Christ

Jesus was born in the little village of Bethlehem in Israel. He lived in Galilee for about 33 years, then He died on a Roman cross. Although He was not wealthy, never carried arms or wrote a book, He has tremendous influence even up to this very present day. His influence and effect on people are permanent and eternal. 

This Man is so important that time has been divided into two parts: B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (two Latin words meaning “in the year of our Lord”). Over 2000 years have passed since the birth of Christ. 

God saw to it that His life was accurately recorded in a book called the Bible. The Bible is God’s Holy Word which is inspired and has been preserved for us without change to the present day. Actually the Bible is a collection of 66 books of which four tell us all about His life. These four books are named: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the names of their authors. Let’s take a look at what they have to say. 

The Birth Of Jesus Christ 
According to Luke the angel Gabriel came to the virgin Mary and told her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” Mary was troubled and wondered what the angel meant. He explained to her that she would give birth to a son and that she was to name Him Jesus. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest,” he said. (Luke 1:35) 

However Mary wasn’t married so she wondered how this would be possible. Gabriel further explained, “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 the Son of God” (Luke 1:20, 21). 

Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph, however he didn’t know anything about what took place. When he noticed that Mary was pregnant, he was about to break up with her. An angel came to him and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:18-21). 

After Jesus was born some shepherds were taking care of their flocks and one night an angel announced to them, “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11). Later wise men, guided by a star, came from the east to see Jesus. When they found Him they fell down and worshiped Him and gave Him gifts (Matthew 2:1-12). 

When Jesus was a few weeks old, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem. There they met a man named Simeon who was a godly man. Somehow God revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen Jesus. When he saw Him, he took Him in his arms, blessed God and said, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation” (Luke 2:29-30). 

There is something else very unusual about the birth of Christ. It was predicted hundreds of years before in the earlier books of the Bible called the Old Testament. 

For example: Micah was a prophet who lived 700 years before Christ was born. He wrote: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2). 

Isaiah, another prophet around the same time wrote, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). The name Immanuel means “God with us.” This is also quoted in Matthew 1:23. 

There are many other predictions in the Old Testament of the coming of Jesus Christ into this world. He is the only One of whom hundreds of prophecies were given hundreds of years before He came. This in itself is miraculous – who but God can foretell the future?

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