The Old Testament sets the stage for the Creator of all things to step out of eternity into mankind’s present. Centuries before He was born to a virgin in Bethlehem the Jewish authors of the Hebrew Scriptures provided the resume of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled the demands of all that the Scriptures said of Him concerning His first appearing in the world. Four thousand years earlier in the Garden of Eden, God unconditionally guaranteed that the Seed of the Woman would one day destroy Satan forever. How would this be accomplished? This story provides the answer. After learning the previous stories in the Stories of God series, you are now ready to learn to tell the Story of Jesus in a way that makes sense. This story proves that Jesus is all that the Hebrew Scriptures said He would be. Jesus is God! He is the only way for sinful man to appropriate a restored relationship with God. Tell this story well and people will move from darkness to light, from death to eternal life!
Main Story Points
1. Quote From Previous Story: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. NASB
- Jesus’ life was part of an eternal plan.
- He has always existed.
- He would enter the world right on schedule.
2. Quote From Previous Story: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. NASB
- Jesus’s birth and life were miraculous.
- The Jewish prophets foretold the facts of Jesus’ life.
- Jesus was perfect. He never had any reason to be ashamed of anything.
- Jesus’s life proved that He was who John the Baptist said He was.
3. Quote: “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” Jesus said, “The blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.” NASB
- Jesus’s popularity led to a plot by the religious leaders to kill Him.
4. Quote From Previous Story: Jesus was in the world, and the world was made through Him, but the world did not know Him. He came to His own and His own did not receive Him. NASB
- Jesus was innocent
- Jesus’ crucifixion was public.
- His death is a fact. Everyone knew the details.
5. Quote From Previous Story: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” NASB
- Satan was defeated through Jesus’ resurrection.
- Jesus’s resurrection is a fact.
- The tomb Jesus was buried in was discovered to be empty by reliable witnesses.
- Jesus was seen alive again by many people. Five hundred saw Him at one time!
6. For forty days, Jesus once again taught His followers what the Hebrew Bible said about Him so they could tell others about Him.
7. Jesus ascended back to heaven, vowing to return again.
Points to Ponder
1. Outside of time and space, God has always existed and He has always known what He was going to do to glorify Himself once the time-clock of history began to move. Jesus, the second member of the God-head, is the means by which God has revealed Himself to humanity.
2. There has always been a spiritual war being waged in the background of history. Readers of the Bible should never forget this fact. This spiritual war was very visible during the lifetime of Jesus.
3. From the beginning of the biblical record, God inspired the Bible’s Jewish authors to provide prophetic markers by which Jesus could be identified during His first coming. All of those first coming prophecies were fulfilled in a literal manner.
4. The Mosaic Law was a conditional covenant given by God to the Jewish people to set them apart unto Himself. It contained 613 specific laws that governed all of Israel’s moral, civil, and ceremonial life. It was a unified code. This meant that breaking just one of the 613 laws meant the whole Law had been broken.
5. Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the whole Law. With His death, burial, and resurrection the requirements of conditional Mosaic Covenant upon the Jewish people was put to an end. It was replaced by the unconditional New Covenant. While God’s plan for history runs through the Jewish people, all humanity has always been the target of that plan.
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