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And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16

 


 


Please Note:  No one knows all the life of Jesus on this earth because it was not all recorded.


The Life of Jesus

 

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16

 

In this one scripture we are given a synopsis of the life of Christ Jesus:

  1. God manifest in the flesh
  2. Justified in the Spirit
  3. Seen of angels
  4. Preached to the Gentiles
  5. Believed on in the world
  6. Received up into glory

The life of Jesus, in the likeness of man, here on earth was over 30 years.  The scriptures tell us many facts about the life Christ Jesus, while he was here on this earth.

The first and most important is that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh.

 

Mary and Joseph.

And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Matthew 1:16

 

Divine conception.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:18

 

An angel of the Lord visits Joseph.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,   Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. Matthew 1:19-25

 

An angel of the Lord appears to Mary.

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.  For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:30-38

 

Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the louse and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she would be delivered. Luke 2:1-6

 

Birth of Jesus.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manager; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

 

The angel of the Lord visits shepherds.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manager. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Luke 2:20

 

Jesus is named.

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Luke 2:21

 

Jesus presented to the Lord in Jerusalem.

And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. Luke 2:22-24

 

God's fulfills his promise to Simeon.

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit unto the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lightened the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:25-35

 

Jesus returns to Nazareth.

And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:39-40

 

Jesus at 12 goes to Jerusalem.

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing him, and asking him questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that he sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:41-52

 

Jesus is baptized by John.

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.  Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:13-17

 

Jesus is tempted by the devil.

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be temped of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get the hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Matthew 4:1-10

Jesus is tempted here, three times by the devil.  Jesus is offered food, self-pride and wealth.  Each time Jesus is tempted, Jesus quotes the word of God, he says "It is written..."

 

What does the devil tempt you with? 

  • Something we think we need, or simply more of what we already have.

        All we really need is God.          Everything we will ever need is in  God and in his word.

  • We are never to tempt God.  We should ask God to prove himself, by showing us something -- "I'll go to church every Sunday, if you give me this", this is tempting God. God will never tempt us either. (James 1:13)
  • Wealth, riches, money.  The more things you get the more you want.  The devil knows how easy it is to get people to worship money and things. Where your treasure is you heart is also. (Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:34) You worship what is in your heart.  We are to worship only God and serve only God.

 

Jesus went through every temptation that we have and overcame them all, through knowing God and through knowing God's word.

God's word is our defense against all the temptations of the devil.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword..." Hebrews 4:12

We are to walk in the ways of Christ, so when we are tempted by the devil we need to have God's scripture ready in our heart to tell the devil - "It is written..." and quote God's word to defeat the devil.

If we study the word of God, and walk in faith, and follow Christ we will know what to say to the devil when we are tempted.

 


What did Jesus preach?

 

Jesus preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God

 

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. Matthew 4:23

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:14-15

 


Where did Jesus preach?

Wherever Jesus was, He preached the gospel.

Jesus preached everywhere He was, in a multitude of places:  in cities and in villages, on the hillsides, in the desert, while walking, in the synagogues and temples, in houses, by the sea, walking on the sea, from His Cross, and most importantly in the hearts of men.

There was not a place where Jesus was that He didn't preach.

 

In the synagogues

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. Matthew 4:23

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35

 

In the temples

 

And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. Luke 21:37

And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. Luke 21:38

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. John 8:2

 

Walking in the streets

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:20-22

 

From the Mount of Olives

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Matthew 24:3-4

And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. Luke 21:37

 

In houses

And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.  And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. Matthew 8:14-15

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:10-13

And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,  He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.  But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.  And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. Matthew 9:23-26

 

In the cities and villages

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35

 

Walking by the sea

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. Matthew 4:18

 

Walking on the sea

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:25, 27

 

In the desert

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. Matthew 14:13

 

From His Cross

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:39-43

 

And many, many other places

We must remember that all the preaching of Jesus was not recorded in the word of God.  There are multitudes of preachings, healings, and miracles that Jesus did that are not recorded, so many that all the books in the world could not record them all (John 21:25).

 


Who were the earthly parents of Jesus?

Mary and Joseph were the earthly parents of Jesus. 

Jesus was conceived in Mary of the Holy Ghost, not by Joseph (Matthew 1:20) and not by Mary.  It was a divine conception from God of the Holy Ghost, not from any human.

God was manifest in the flesh as Jesus, to fulfill the will of God.

The purpose of Jesus being born in the flesh to earthly parents was in order to die for the sins of the world, as a living sacrifice for ALL people, so that ALL people could inherit the Kingdom of God and receive eternal life.

The Spirit of God could not die physically on a cross for the sins of the world, so God was manifest in the flesh, so that He could give Himself as a living sacrifice for the sins of all the people of the world, so that we might have everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.

 


How was Jesus conceived of the Holy Ghost?

That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto the Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:20

The Holy Ghost all by Himself, conceived Jesus in the womb of Mary. 

Jesus was NOT conceived OF Mary, but IN Mary.  Jesus was NOT conceived BY Mary, but IN Mary.

Mary was the earthly vessel that carried Jesus.  Mary's womb carried the human body of Jesus.  Mary was the host carrier for Jesus to be manifested in the flesh. 

Mary carried Jesus in her womb, but she did NOT create Jesus.  Jesus was NOT created.  Mary is the earthly mother of Jesus as far as giving birth to Him in human form.  

God was manifested in the flesh, NOT created.  Jesus took the form of us, human beings.  Jesus has always been.  Jesus existed before the foundations of this earth.

Mary is NOT the mother of God, because God does not have a mother, such declaration is blasphemy. 

 

The word of God teaches everyone that Mary is NOT deity, nor sinless, nor worthy of worship, and there are NO scriptures from God to base such false teachings.

We can understand the conception better today with what we call artificial insemination. I am not saying that the miracle of the birth of Jesus was artificial insemination, I am saying by understanding the process, you can realize how it is possible for a woman to birth a child, who did not contribute her egg in the process.

Many women are artificially inseminated today to conceive a child.  The egg and sperm are from donor parents.   Women can become the "mother of the child", but they are never the biological mother of that child.  This is the same as with Christ Jesus. 

The conception of Jesus was totally and wholly God, conceived of the Holy Spirit.  No sperm was used from Joseph and no egg was used from Mary.  The conception was of the Holy Spirit ALONE.

If Joseph's sperm, or Mary's egg was used to create Jesus, then He would not have been conceived of the Holy Spirit, because He would have been conceived of Joseph and Mary, and He would NOT have been sinless, and He would NOT be God incarnate.

Placing Joseph or Mary in the role of creating Jesus in any way is complete and total blasphemy against God, against Jesus, and against the Holy Spirit Himself.  Please note and be warned, that the word of God states that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, here or in the world to come (Matthew 12:31-32).

God was completely able to form Jesus in Mary's womb all by Himself.  Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit by the operation of God, and by no other means from anyone. 

The operation of God was able to form Jesus in the likeness of men, in order to be born from a woman.  Jesus was manifested in human form to fulfill the word of God and to fulfill the plan of God, of eternal salvation for mankind.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

 

God alone is Holy (Psalm 99:9).  God existed before anything was.  God does not have a mother.  God existed before all things were.

The word of God tells us that Jesus existed before anything was.  Jesus existed before Mary and Joseph. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-4,14

The Word made flesh is the Son of God, Christ Jesus, the Son of man.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7

 

There are three in Heaven that are one God

  1. God the Father, Jehovah
  2. Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh, the Son of God,
  3. The Holy Ghost, which is the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of God.

 

Jesus was born of a virgin, (NOT conceived of a virgin), which fulfilled prophecy.  Jesus was the only virgin born human birth.

Biblical facts are that Mary was NOT born of a virgin, and Mary was NOT conceived of the Holy Ghost, and Mary was NOT sinless, and Mary did NOT remain a virgin after the birth of Jesus.

Jesus was born sinless because He was conceived of the Holy Ghost.

The glory of Christ Jesus was NOT due to anything Mary did, the glory of Jesus is from God alone.

If Jesus had been conceived of Mary and of Joseph, He would have been born of sin, and therefore could not have been a sinless sacrifice for the world.

Jesus was conceived of the Holy Ghost, and NOT conceived of Mary and Joseph.  This is very important doctrine to understand.

Jesus was conceived in Mary, NOT of Mary (Matthew 1:20).

Jesus was conceived in the womb of Mary, NOT by Mary (Luke 2:21).

Mary did NOT conceive Jesus, because Jesus was conceived completely of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:20).

 


Why was God manifest in the flesh?

God was manifest in the flesh so that the could:

  • preach face to face to people
  • turn people from sin to God through His truth
  • spread the gospel of salvation by grace through faith
  • heal the sick
  • feed the poor
  • shine the love of God into a dark world
  • go through all the temptations of humanity
  • be crucified on a cross
  • shed His blood for remission of our sins
  • be buried in a tomb
  • raise from the dead three days later
  • fulfill Old Testament prophesy
  • be physically seen in this world
  • preach to the world
  • raise the dead
  • glorify God the Father
  • die for our sins once for all
  • be received up into glory
  • and promise to return for His own.

 

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16

God manifest Himself in the flesh, in order to live on earth as a man, in the form of a man, and to save all people of the world from sin and death.

God is omnipotent.  There is nothing God would NOT do for His creation, humankind.

Man, humankind, was unable to become a sinless sacrifice for sin.  Humans were unable to destroy sin and death.  Man is NOT able to become a sinless sacrifice for all the sins of the world.

Only God is able to do all things.  Only God is able to destroy sin and death.  Only God is the Saviour of the world.  Only God can forgive sins, cleanse us from all iniquities, and make us perfect in His sight.  Only God can give salvation.  God has always given salvation to mankind.

Man was unable to destroy sin and death.  Only God is without sin.  Only God is the perfect, sinless sacrifice for all the sins of this world.  Only through His blood could we be washed as white as snow, made pure, reborn, regenerated, renewed, worthy to enter into His Kingdom for eternity.

 


Why did Jesus have an earthly virgin birth?

 

For the Glory of God the Father

Jesus had an earthly virgin birth to bring glory to God the Father.  

All things that Jesus did on this earth in human flesh was for the glory of God.

 

To fulfill biblical prophesy

God required Himself to have an earthly virgin birth to fulfil prophesy of Christ.

 

To destroy sin

There had to be a sinless sacrifice for the sinful.  Only a virgin birth would satisfy a sinless birth.  Only a sinless sacrifice could destroy sin.

 

So human beings might live with God for eternity

The sacrifice of Christ Jesus was once for all.  One sacrifice for all humanity for all sin.

 

To reconcile us to God the Father

There is no other way to God the Father, except through Christ Jesus, the Son of God.

 

To die for the sins of all the people of all the world

A once for all sacrifice was the plan of God, in order to redeem all sin of all people for all time.

 


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