An article courtesy of the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. Jefferson took the issue of religion very seriously.
The positive side of this was that we got to open our presents one day sooner than others. The one drawback to this arrangement was the torture of enduring the preliminaries.
First of all, we waited for my grandmother—to my recollection, she never did arrive either early or on time. Then there was dinner. Of course, we children choked our food down only to have to suffer the wait for our elders to finish eating at a more sensible pace.
Then there were the dishes to wash. Then finally we had to wait until all the presents were passed out, each of us with a small pile at our feet. The distressing fact is that now I am grandpa and it is I who am holding up the proverbial show.
Nevertheless, there are some preliminaries which must be gotten out of the way before we begin to immerse ourselves in the text of the gospels themselves.
The Importance of the Study of the Life of Christ I can honestly say that I approach the study of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus with more eagerness and expectation than any study I have ever attempted from the Word of God. Into it, as a Reservoir, all the foregoing revelations pour their full tide and out of it, as a Fountain, flow all subsequent revelations.
To put the biblical revelation together concisely, Jesus Christ is the focal point of all history. He is the fulfillment of Old Testament hopes; He is the source of all New Testament revelation and expectation. He is all in all. To study the life of Christ is to study the fountainhead of all New Testament revelation.
I could wish that every Christian might have that privilege. But far greater is the privilege which every Christian does have to walk the dusty roads of the Holy Land with our Lord Jesus through the eyes of the inspired Gospel writers.
It is in these pages that we encounter the greatest personality of all history. No gospel writer has said it more clearly or concisely than John: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him John 1: Throughout the Old Testament men were forbidden to attempt to represent the living God by means of graven images.
With the invasion of Jesus Christ into human history, man may now worship God in the person of His Son. In that sense, Jesus Christ is the only image of God acceptable to God.
He is the full disclosure, without any blemish or distortions, of God Himself. If we wish to know more about God, especially as He relates to the day-to-day matters of life, we need simply learn more of Christ.
In spite of all of the bizarre and incredible acts of men, few have been so candid as to admit that God was not on their side.
It is easy to comprehend why so many have made Jesus the leading proponent of their cause. There is, for example, the gentle Jesus, hero of the pacifist cause. This is the Jesus meek and mild who instructs us to turn the other check, even as he submitted, non-violently, to the abuse of men.
Then we have the humanitarian Jesus. He is the Jesus whose high calling was to relieve the world of misery and suffering. Just as he devoted Himself to battle suffering, pain and misery, so must we.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, there is Jesus the revolutionary. Here is the hero of the anti-establishment movement. Just as this Jesus rocked the boat of the status quo, so should we.
Just as He, they allege, sought to overthrow corrupt and unjust institutions of His day even by use of violenceso should we.Home > History and Time Line of the Life of Jesus > Brief Life Summary Jesus (also called Christ which means king or Messiah) was born in Israel years ago.
Modern civilization marks his birth by dividing time B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini - or the year of our Lord). Christianity is a religion based on the life, teachings, death by crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the New Testament. Although Christians are monotheistic, the one God is thought, by most Christians, to exist in three divine persons, called the Trinity.
The five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus are his baptism, transfiguration, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. These are usually bracketed by two other episodes: his nativity at the beginning and the sending of the Paraclete (Holy Spirit) at the end.
Anyone who knows and loves Jesus must wonder about what Jesus' life of the human concept of the nature that religious life of Jesus. Missions was always to be a part of the Christian life.
The first Christian missionary may be said to be John the Baptist, who proclaimed to people their need of Jesus (John ). Shortly after Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples helped lead Jews to a saving faith in Him (Acts 2).
A monistic concept of God will inevitably in some forms of oriental religious the spirit of life” (Gen. ). When Jesus tried to explain.