206: Life of Christ (in a nutshell)

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The ANGEL Gabriel announced to a Jewish girl named Mary that she’d give birth to the Messiah while still a virgin.

Nine months later Mary gave BIRTH to Jesus in Bethlehem.

Jesus spent His early CHILDHOOD in Egypt, and then His parents moved back to Nazareth.

When He was thirty, Jesus began His public ministry being baptized by John. Coming up out of the water, the Spirit of God descended on Him as a DOVE.

Immediately, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by the devil, mankind’s greatest ENEMY.

Jesus returned after forty days and began calling FOLLOWERS.

He and His men were invited as GUESTS to a wedding in Cana, where He turned water into wine.

When Jesus and His disciples later returned to Jerusalem, He went into the Temple and did some HOUSECLEANING, driving out animals and corrupt businessmen.

One evening, Jesus had an INTERVIEW with Nicodemus, a well-known Pharisee.

Later, Jesus traveled through Samaria and talked with a woman at JACOB’S WELL.

Jesus arrived at His hometown of Nazareth. Instead of a warm reception, His KINSMEN rejected Him and tried to throw Him off a cliff.

Because of this, Jesus changed the LOCATION of His headquarters to Capernaum.

While in Galilee, Jesus gave His longest recorded sermon on the MOUNT.

In addition to His great wisdom, Jesus showed His authority over NATURE, healing the sick, driving out demons, stopping a storm, and raising the dead.

Jesus always faced resistance from the religious leaders of His day, but their OPPOSITION crossed a line when they declared that all His miracles were the work of the devil.

Because of their blasphemy of the Spirit, Jesus began to teach in PARABLES.

Jesus took His men to Caesarea Philippi. There He asked the QUESTION, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered correctly, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

A short time later, Jesus took His three closest disciples to the top of a mountain and was transfigured before them. They saw the RADIANCE of His glory shining out, brighter than the sun.

One of Jesus’ friends was Lazarus. He had two SISTERS, Mary and Martha. Four days after Lazarus had been put in the tomb, Jesus raised him back to life.

When Jesus made His TRIUMPHAL ENTRY into Jerusalem during the final week of His life, He was welcomed as the long-awaited King of David, the Messiah of the world.

One of the first things He did was to further UPSET the religious leaders by once again driving out the crooked businesses from inside the Temple.

It was during that final week that Jesus gave His disciples a clear VISION of future events surrounding His physical return.

At His final meal with His disciples, like a servant, Jesus WASHED their feet as an example of serving each other.

Later that night in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was arrested. After hours of torture, He was EXECUTED as a criminal by being crucified on a cross.

It looked like all hope was gone, but three days later, Jesus was resurrected. YES! Jesus had conquered sin and death.

Someday, Jesus will return from Heaven to ZION, to Jerusalem. When He does, every knee will bow to Him and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord!

Marlon Furtado

I regularly went to church as a boy, but I was not exposed to the Gospel until I was nearly twenty years old. Hearing that God loved me in spite of my behavior was new to me. In response, I received Jesus Christ and became one of His followers on September 12, 1971. I practiced chiropractic for eight years before becoming a pastor from 1986 to 2018.