Bible Lesson 19

In our last lesson we looked at the object of our faith, which is the Person and Work of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We looked back into eternity at the Second Person of the God-Head, Jesus Christ and found that He was with God; and He was God (John 1:1-4). In this lesson we want to look at Jesus the God-Man, and His life here on the earth. Jesus Christ did not begin, at His incarnation. Simply, understood incarnation means “to give bodily form to.” So we can understand that when Jesus Christ came from heaven to the earth, through the womb of the virgin, He became incarnate. He was supernaturally manifested through the womb of Mary, after a normal pregnancy, without the influence of any man, but of God; which was a miracle, and He came forth just as you and I are, fully man; but with a great difference; because Jesus Christ was fully man, yet fully God.

Sadly, there are those, and I don?t hesitate to call them heretics, who teach that it doesn?t matter, or that you do not have to believe that Jesus was God, in order to be saved. That is the devil?s lie and we must never even consider that kind of teaching. If Jesus Christ, was not God, then He could not have been perfect, which means that He could not have died to redeem us; because He would have been like us.

Jesus Christ was perfect, and perfectly sinless; and because He was perfect and because He could perfectly represent us, being in the form and flesh of mankind, He could and did represent us on the cross as God laid on Him the iniquity of us all ( Isaiah 53:5-6). The birth of Jesus Christ was supernatural, and we do not have to be able to explain or understand it; but we must believe it; because the Bible teaches it.

God chose not to reveal much to us about the young Jesus, as He grew up, other than His genealogy (Matthew chapter one), and His place of birth (Bethlehem of Judea). His parents fled from King Herod, into Egypt and remained there until the danger was passed. We know where he lived most of his life, in the home of Mary and Joseph in Galilee,(Nazareth).

We learn in Luke chapter two of the rite of circumcision, involving Jesus ; and the incident with Simeon, who recognized Him as the promised Messiah. We also learn in Luke chapter two, that Jesus grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him. When Jesus was twelve years old, Jesus accompanied His parents to Jerusalem, for the feast of the Passover.

Then afterwards, they found Him sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and asking them questions; and they were amazed at his level of understanding. We are not told much at all of His life for the next 18 or so, years; however i n Matthew chapter three, we find that Jesus?s cousin, John the Baptist came preaching “repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus is now 30 years of age; and ready to take up His calling to Preach the true Gospel. One thing we know about Jesus was that He was born under the law, and that he obeyed the law just as every Jew was supposed to do. Galatians 4:4-5, tells us that “when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Jesus Christ, He who created all things, and who had given the law to the Jews, submitted Himself to the law to demonstrate to us that “In Him, we could keep the law”.

We know from the Gospel of Matthew, that Jesus was baptized by John, to show His obedience to God?s design, for repentance and baptism. God the Father sent the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, lighting on Him; and then the Father spoke from heaven saying, ?This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased?. Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. You can read about the temptation in Matthew chapter four, verses 1 through 16. Then Jesus began to preach saying, “Repent: for the kingdom of God is at hand”.

The word repent is not fully understood in our age, because we take it to mean something like, being sorry or grieved that we found out that we were sinners, under the wrath of our Holy God. What Jesus was preaching was more like, “wake up, come to your senses, you have it all wrong and you need to listen to what God has said to you.” The audience that Jesus was addressing had, just as many have done in our day, attempted to make something light and loose out of the things of God; and what He was telling them to do was to go back to the old paths, to the paths that God had laid out and to forget about the new paths that progressive and willful teachers had decided to put into place. Jesus now begins to call His disciples and as He begins His preaching, He delivers the Greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the M ount (Matthew, Chapters 5-7); and that sermon calls mankind to live in such a way as to enjoy live and to obey God.

Jesus went on his way, just as you and I do every day, with the exception of His healing the sick, raising the dead and restoring sight to blind eyes; and many other miracles as signs of His Divine power. He began his preaching career at age thirty and set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem, where he knew the cross awaited him, at age 33. Why would Jesus go to the place where he knew He would be humiliated and abused and nailed to a cruel cross? Because it was the will of His Father, in heaven, that He do so.

Incidentally, it was the Father?s will that Jesus go to the cross, so that God could forgive those who would believe and obey, and still be just. Remember, God had said that sin always brings a payday, and that is death; however Jesus submitting Himself; and Substituting Himself, for the elect on the cross, He collected the payday for those who come to the Father through Him. Now the question becomes, did Christ pay the price for your sins, can you believe strongly enou gh to submit your life to Christ and live everyday the way Christ says we are to live, in order to please God? It is an important thought, yet so many never stop to realize how short their time on this earth will be and how long eternity will be. Think on this and seek the face of God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 1:18 ).

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob