The Life Of Jesus

The Life Of Jesus
2019 Easter Season
Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
Over the next three weeks we’ll be looking at the Life of Jesus   We’ll start with some of the prophecies concerning His birth along with some of the events surrounding His birth.   Next we’ll take a brief look at His life and ministry up to the last week of His life on earth.   On Easter weekend we’ll look at the final days of His life concluded with the miraculous resurrection.   After Easter we’ll look at the events leading to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost along with looking at the early church.
To begin with the birth of Jesus would be missing His eternal Deity so let’s take a look at that for a moment.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, Let US make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…
Notice the word US – who’s the US that’s being referred to here?
We know from verse One that the Holy Spirit was part of that US
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Interestingly in verse one the Hebrew word for God is Elohiym which means the Supreme God and Elohiym is a plural word.
So it’s understandable that with God and the Spirit plural is covered – but, is there more? Yes, there is.
Take a look at John’s Gospel…
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
Who or what is the Word referred to here?
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.   John 1:14 And the Word became 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.
We see that the life of Jesus really goes back to the beginning of everything but on Earth we mark His life at His birth.
His birth is described as miraculous, most especially because He was actually born of a virgin, that’s a miracle.
But there’s more to the miraculous birth of Jesus, and it’s found in the prophecies about him and His birth.
Here are two notable prophecies.
Michah 5:2 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, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
These prophecies were fulfilled and recorded in these Bible passages.
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “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. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”   Matthew 1:22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”   Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea…
There were several other prophecies from several different people from about 500 to 1000 years before the birth of Jesus.
Here are six more prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus, the Messiah.
1 – The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David. Jeremiah 23:5 600B.C.
Jesus … the son of David …” Luke 3:23, 31 – 4 B.C.
2 – The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:13 – 487 B.C.   They gave him (Judas) thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15 – 30 A.D.
3 – The Messiah would have his hands and feet pierced. Psalm 22:16 – 1000 B.C.
They came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there-Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.” Luke 23:33 – 30 A.D.
4 – People would cast lots for the Messiah’s clothing. Psalm 22:18 – 1000 B.C.
The soldiers … took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, ‘Let’s not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it.’ ” John 19:23-24 – 30 A.D.
5 – The Messiah would appear riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 – 500 B.C.
They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and seHim on them Matthew 21:7 – 30 A.D.
6 – A messenger would be sent to herald the Messiah. Malachi 3:1 – 500 B.C.
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know.” John 1:26 – 27 A.D.
Professor of mathematics Peter Stoner gave 600 students a math probability problem that would determine the odds for one person fulfilling eight specific prophecies. First the students calculated the odds of one person fulfilling all the conditions of one specific prophecy, such as being betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. Then the students did their best to estimate the odds for all of the eight prophecies combined. The students calculated that the odds against one person fulfilling all eight prophecies are astronomical-one in ten to the 21st power. To illustrate that number, Stoner gave the following example: “First, blanket the entire Earth land mass with silver dollars 120 feet high. Second, specially mark one of those dollars and randomly bury it. Third, ask a person to travel the Earth and select the marked dollar, while blindfolded, from the trillions of other dollars.”¹
Stoner’s work was reviewed by the American Scientific Association, which stated, “The mathematical analysis … is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound, and Professor Stoner has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way.