by Ethel C Pechman
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The people who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are blessed in remarkable ways. The Bible relates the story of His life, how and where He was born, what He did until He was 12 years old, and finally, how He gave His life as a sacrifice. He lived a perfect life, dependent upon His Father. Whatever His Father told Him to do, He obeyed.
John 1:1 in the Bible reads: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Verses 3 and 4 read: “All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men.”
In verses 12 and 13 we read: “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Verse 14 reads: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… full of grace and truth.”
As to whom John was talking about in the above verses, the name was hidden by using “Word” to identify the person. That is one of the reasons why many people think the Bible is difficult to understand. But a person who is “born again” knows exactly what is meant, simply because the Holy Spirit lives in his heart. Jesus is the very Word of God.
Jesus went from Galilee to see John, the Baptist, who was in Jordan baptizing those who repented of their sins. Jesus asked to be baptized, and John said he had need to be baptized of Jesus, but Jesus said (Matt 3:15), “Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.”
When Jesus came out of the water, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Him. A voice from heaven, (Matt. 3:17) said: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Following His baptism, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and nights, Jesus was hungry. That is when the devil tried to tempt Him three different times, but each time Jesus quoted Scripture until finally He quoted (Matt.4:10): “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”
After calling Simon Peter and Andrew his brother and James, the son of Zebedee and John his brother, Jesus went about Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and diseases among the people.
Jesus then went up into a mountain, and His disciples came to Him. Jesus taught them the Beatitudes. He also taught them of His relation to the law; He did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but He came to fulfill them. He warned them about the two ways, the broad and narrow way, to enter Heaven. He also warned them about false teachers, the danger of
professing to know Jesus, without faith, as well as the knowing about the two foundations, one being built upon sand, and the other built upon a rock.
In Matthew Chapter 11, verses 28 and 29, Jesus invites people to come to Him. He says, “Come unto me, all you that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls.”
Then in verse 30, He says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” This is true, for all who believe in Jesus, when they seek Him, He teaches them and He answers their prayers.
Jesus is merciful, loving, and filled with grace, and He can fill you with that same grace. Ephesians 2:8 and 2:9 tells us, “For by grace we are saved; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
He took upon Himself, our sin when He was hung on the Cross. 2 Corinthians 5:21 informs us:
“For He hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who (Jesus) knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
This verse tells us that Jesus Himself was perfect. He knew no sin, but in order to be our Savior,He took our sin upon Himself so that we could be made righteous by Him. Jesus truly is our Savior.
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