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LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST

Jesus had a life on earth of 33-1/2 years. His ministry began when He reached the age of 30 years old. This age was required before He could become a priest.  Ecclesiastes tells us that things will end just as they began.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. V.10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Let’s look at how the life of Jesus began and see if it will end in the same way.

1.  THE BIRTH OF JESUS WAS ANNOUNCED BY AN ANGEL.

Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, V.27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

The resurrection of Jesus was announced by two angels.

Luke 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: V.23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

2.  JESUS WAS BORN IN A STABLE THAT WAS ACTUALLY A SMALL CAVE WHERE THEY KEPT THE ANIMALS. JESUS WAS THEN LAID IN A MANGER WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES.

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

When Jesus was killed on the cross, He was taken to a cave used for burial of dead bodies and laid on the slab of rock. Once again He was wrapped in cloths.

Matthew 27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, V.60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

3.  JESUS HAD A STEP-FATHER NAMED JOSEPH WHO TOOK CARE OF JESUS OUT OF LOVE AND DEVOTION TO THE LORD GOD.  HE TOOK JESUS TO SAFETY.

Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

At the end of Jesus' life, He hung on a cross, and another man named Joseph took Jesus to a safe place and laid Jesus' body in his own grave with a large stone protecting the entrance.  Joseph did this out of love and admiration for the Lord God.

Matthew 27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, V.60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

4.  WHEN JESUS WAS BORN, THERE WAS A KING, HEROD, THAT WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS BABY JESUS.

Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. V.4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

When Jesus was on trial, He had to deal with another Herod that was very interested in him.

Luke 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

5.  WHEN JESUS WAS IN THE MANGER, HE WAS GIVEN EXPENSIVE GIFTS OF SPICES AND GOLD.

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

As Jesus was preparing for His last days before His crucifixion, He was once again given expensive perfume.

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

6.  JESUS WAS PLOTTED AGAINST BECAUSE OF THE PRIEST AND OTHERS BEING AFRAID OF WHAT JESUS WAS TO DO ACCORDING TO PROPHECY.

Matthew 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

Jesus was plotted against by the priest once again at the end of His life.

Luke 23:10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. V.11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

7.  AFTER JESUS WAS BAPTIZED, HE WAS THEN TEMPTED BY SATAN.

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

When Jesus prayed in the garden, He was tempted to give up. Once again, He stayed true to His Father in heaven.

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

8.  WHEN JESUS WAS BORN, HE WAS DECLARED KING OF THE JEWS.

Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

As they crucified Jesus, He was again declared King of the Jews.

Luke 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

9.  WHEN JESUS WAS BAPTIZED, HE THEN SPENT 40 DAYS IN THE WILDERNESS BEFORE HE BEGAN HIS MINISTRY.

Luke 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

Jesus also walked the earth for 40 days after He was resurrected into His new body.

Acts 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

10.  WHEN JESUS WAS READY TO BEGIN HIS MINISTRY, HE WAS AT A WEDDING.

John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: V.2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

At the end of the dispensation of grace, which began with Jesus' death, there will be another wedding in which Jesus will be the groom.

Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

11.  JESUS TOLD MARY THAT HE WAS NOT READY TO DO WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO.

John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

In the garden Jesus had to tell another Mary that He was not ready yet.

John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

12.  MARY GAVE ORDERS TO THE MEN TO EXALT JESUS.

John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

In the garden, another Mary was told to tell the disciples about Jesus.

John 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Luke 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

13.  WHEN JESUS BEGAN HIS MINISTRY, HE WALKED DOWN BY THE SEASHORE AND CALLED HIS DISCIPLES.

Matthew 4:18 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. V.19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

When Jesus was resurrected, He once again walked down to the sea and called to His disciples.

John 21:4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. V.5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

14.  WHEN JESUS CALLED HIS DISCIPLES, HE ORDERED THEM TO CAST THEIR NETS.  THEY CAUGHT SO MANY FISH THAT THE NETS BROKE.

Luke 5:6 And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

After the resurrection of Jesus, He once again walked the beach and gave the disciples the same order.  This time the nets held and not one fish was lost.

John 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

John 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

So many things which happened in the beginning of Jesus' life occurred again during the end of His life on earth. Ecclesiastes is surely correct when it says what happened in the beginning will happen in the end.

God Bless!

Doyle Reno
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