New Testament

Many Believed in Him

Jesus did many miracles while He was at the Temple and many believed in His name, yet Jesus was very aware that to follow Him meant much more than just a belief in His miracles.

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Jesus Wanted to Go To Galilee

This is a very powerful portion of Scripture, especially after studying the messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. Jesus desired to go to Galilee in the North, instead of Jerusalem, the holy city, where the Temple was and all the most holy Jews.

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Philip

The next day they came to Galilee and Jesus found a man named Philip and said to him, "follow Me" and Philip followed Him. Philip was from Bethsaida, which was the home of Andrew and Peter.

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Nathaniel

Then Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph," and Nathaniel said to him "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathaniel approaching He said, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

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The Wedding in Cana

Two days later the disciples and Jesus heard that Mary, the mother of Jesus was attending a wedding in Cana and they were also invited so they came. It must have been a fun journey for the disciples and Jesus through the hills of Galilee since there was no main road from the sea of Galilee across to Cana. When they arrived Mary came to Jesus and said that they were out of wine, and Jesus spoke softly to her in certain words that would make her aware that God would be in charge of His life from now on. Jesus then ordered the servants to fill six stone waterpots used for ritual cleansing with water. He suddenly turned the water into wine and told them to bring them to the ruler of the feast. The ruler tasted the wine and then called the bridegroom and said:

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Capernaum

Jesus journeyed with a group of people including His disciples and His mother, and they arrived at the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum. Jesus stayed there for a short period of time because the Feast of the Passover was about to begin in Jerusalem and Jesus intended to be there.

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Jesus Comes to Jerusalem

The Passover festivities were about to begin in Jerusalem, and Jesus left Capernaum and journeyed up to the holy city. Multitudes of pilgrims would`ve been on the roads, some in caravans and some in small groups and families. It was a great time of joy and festivity, people would sing praises to the Lord and prepare themselves for the Passover. Every male Israelite was required to bring a lamb to the Temple and make a sacrifice. When Jesus arrived He immediately came to the Temple in Jerusalem.

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The Temple in Jerusalem

When Jesus entered the Temple in Jerusalem he was very aware of what was going on around him. The Temple was quite an achievement of Herod the great to impress the Jews with a grand renovation of the Second Temple, and to impress the Romans with the finest architecture in the western portion of the Roman world. But Jesus was not impressed with external monuments, and the work of men`s hands...

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Sellers of Oxen, Sheep, and Doves

Jesus noticed that men were selling sacrificial animals that were fit for sacrifice. Their business was very sophisticated, and the Pilgrim to Jerusalem would usually end up having to buy one of their sacrifices for a very high price, rather than trusting that their own sacrifice was clean enough for the priest to offer upon the altar.

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The Moneychangers

The business of the money changers was also very sophisticated. They would sit at little tables and exchange the money which the pilgrim brought to pay for the sacrifices. The common currency was in Roman coins, and in the Temple the coins were required to be changed for clean Jewish Temple currency. There was actually a fee to exchange this money into clean Temple currency.

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Jesus made a Whip and Drove Them All Out

"When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers` money and overturned the tables." - John 2:15

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The Jewish Leaders Arrive

The rich and powerful leaders of the Temple, the priests and Levites, the scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, it does not say exactly which ones but they came rushing out and said to Jesus: "What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?" - John 2:18

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Destroy This Temple

Jesus said to them, "destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up". The Jewish leaders were very confused about His statement and said to Him, "It has taken forty- six years to build this Temple, and you will raise it up in three days?" They had no idea that he was referring to the Temple of His body, which they would eventually hand over to the Romans to be put to death. But Jesus made the bold statement that He would "raise it up in three days," and this was to be their their sign that they requested. His disciples remembered this whole event and the Words that Jesus said to them: "Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said." - John 2:22

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The Prophecy of Malachi

The ancient Hebrew prophet Malachi was the last of the prophets of Israel recorded in the Old Testament. The prophet spoke about a messenger who would prepare the way before the Lord Himself, and then the Lord whom they were seeking so diligently would suddenly come to his temple. God had truly set up the stage for the nation of Israel, yet the leaders rejected him, though not all rejected him.

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Jesus Found Those Doing Business

When Jesus entered the Temple He stood at the a large outer court of the Gentiles, and observed the men who had set up a marketplace in order to make lots of money from the pilgrims entering the Temple for Passover. The joyful songs and the festivities had been interrupted and the entrance to the Temple had turned into a place of squabbling over the condition and the price of the sacrifices.

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The Wilderness

The Spirit of God chose the barren wilderness as the place where this battle would take place. A place of solitude, a place of contemplation, a place of no worldly comforts and where loneliness and hunger abounds. The cold nights and the heat of the day, with no friends except scorpions and snakes, and the wild beasts, this was the chosen place for the "temptations" of Jesus. Jesus was brought to the ultimate testing of his character, the ultimate testing of his identity, and the ultimate testing of his faithfulness to His Father.

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Jesus Led by the Holy Spirit

According to the Bible Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The Spirit of God chose to make the very first mission of the Messiah a contest between the king of this world and the real King. The devil could only use the things of this world, the things that all men are enslaved by, the enticing pleasures of sin, to offer Jesus. He was no match for Jesus because sin had no power over Him.

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The Voice of God Out of Heaven

When Jesus came up from the water, He was anointed for His mission. God spoke an amazing Word right out of heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". This statement by the Father about Jesus is very powerful, it is clear that Jesus pleased His Father in every way. There is an interesting parallel in the prophecy of Isaiah which speaks of the Father loving the Messiah His Servant, in whom His "soul delights." This is also a very powerful expression of love in the Hebrew language:

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The Heavens Opened and a Dove Descended

There is something very interesting about the dove appearing at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove and resting on Him. The dove is a remarkable representation of the Holy Spirit. In ancient cultures doves were known for their gentleness and affection, used often as a symbol of peace. The Holy Spirit filled Jesus with wisdom and understanding, and Jesus mission was to reach out to every person who would open their heart to Him. He knew everything about people and was able to truly love them in a way that only God could express.

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Jesus is Baptized

John obeyed the word of Jesus and baptized Him. Jesus went under the water and as He came up from the water the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove and lit up and rested upon Him. Suddenly a voice came out of heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."

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All of History Waiting for This Moment

Every great event that ever happened in the history of the world pales in comparison to this powerful moment when the God of the universe, the creator of all things, the Word of God in a human body is being anointed for His mission and about to speak to the world.

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Jesus Appears at the Jordan River

According to the Bible Jesus now makes his first public appearance where John was baptizing at the Jordan River. Jesus is thirty years of age, and He comes to John and requests to be baptized. You can almost hear the calmness in John`s powerful voice, "I have need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"

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John`s Message About the Holy Spirit

John had a very special calling as the messenger of the Messiah. He was given understanding by God about the Messiah, and he knew something that most people didn`t understand, that the Holy Spirit would be given to all who believe, and their bodies would become the new Temple of God. John said:

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John`s Response to the Priests and Levites

"And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe`s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing." - John 1:19-28

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John`s Response to the Priests and Levites

"And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing." - John 1:19-28

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John`s Treatment of the Pharisees and Sadducees

When John saw the religious leaders, the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism he denounced them without hesitation...

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The Devil

The "devil" is an interesting title, it means "slanderer". The word explains very clearly how Satan operates. He slanders and distorts man`s understanding of God. Man CANNOT know God unless God reveals Himself by the Holy Spirit. Many times man`s mind can believe certain things about God and form a belief based on our five senses and the world around us. This is where the devil enters in and slanders. The Bible is the revelation of God and without the Word of God man is in darkness. When God makes a promise it is like a sworn oath, the Bible says it is impossible for God to lie. The hard part is for man to have faith in God`s promises, faith can only come by "hearing the Word of God". The devil uses the 5 senses and the world around us to keep us distracted from hearing the Word of God. This is because, as we will see, the Word of God renders the devil powerless, it is man`s only weapon against his "lies" about God, and just as God spoke His Word and all things were created, so God speaks His Word and the devil must surrender.

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Jesus Fasts 40 Days and 40 Nights

Jesus went into the wilderness and "ate nothing" for 40 days and then the "tempter came to Him" with the main 3 temptations. Luke tells us that Jesus was being tempted throughout the 40 days.

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The First Temptation - DO NOT TRUST GOD

Jesus became hungry and He desired bread and there was none. The temptation was to perform a miracle since He was the Son of God and provide bread for Himself, rather than trusting God and waiting for what God would bring Him. The Word of God clearly teaches us that God will provide all of our needs, and we are to trust Him and not worry or fear. Jesus knew this and answered the devil by quoting the Word of God.

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The Second Temptation - PUT GOD TO THE TEST

The second temptation was for Jesus to jump off the Pinnacle of the Temple in Jerusalem, which was a very high portion of the Temple overlooking the Kidron Valley perhaps a 700 foot drop. He was to voluntarily expose Himself to a situation that would certainly destroy Him, unless God delivered Him. Jump from the Pinnacle and watch God`s angels catch you. Jesus resisted again by quoting the Word of God.

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The Third Temptation - RULE THE WORLD AND BOW TO SATAN

The next temptation the devil tempts Jesus with the power and the glory of world domination. Many powerful rulers sought to conquer and rule the world, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar. Jesus could have it all right now, without dying for man`s sins, if he would worship the devil. It is interesting that Jesus did not dispute the fact that the devil was handed all the kingdoms of the world. Who handed them to the devil? The answer is man. God originally gave Adam and Eve dominion over the works of His hands, when Eve was enticed to sin, Adam chose to sin rather than be separated from the woman whom he loved, in essence he handed dominion to the devil, because of his love for the woman. Adam was a type of Christ who would die for His bride as well. Jesus responded to the devil again with the written Word of God.

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The Angels Came and Ministered to Him

The Bible says that after the temptations were over that the devil left and the angels came and ministered to Him. The angels are called "ministering spirits" in the Bible and God sends them to help every man, they cannot be seen unless God allows it.

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The Devil Departed Until an Opportune Time

After the devil had ended his assault the Bible says that he departed for a season. The New King James translation says the devil "departed from Him until an opportune time. Satan`s attacks are strategically planned, he looks for a moment of weakness and begins his assault. This time he met the Son of God who commanded him, "Get thee behind me Satan" and the devil had no choice but to submit to His authority.

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Behold the Lamb of God

John the Baptist was still preparing people at the Jordan River for the coming of the Messiah, yet he had already baptized Jesus and now Jesus walking by ready to begin His mission. John turns to two of his disciples and says something very remarkable, "Behold the Lamb of God." He said this because he knew that Jesus would lay down His life as the Passover Lamb and die for the sins of the world. He told this to his disciples because they must follow Jesus now, John`s work has come to an end. He was baptizing people to prepare them for the coming of the Messiah, and now He was baptized and is walking in their midst. The two disciples leave John to follow Jesus.

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The First Disciples - Andrew and John

The Jesus turned around and saw them following him, and he immediately asked them, "what do you seek?" and they answered, "Rabbi, where are you staying?", and Jesus responded, "come and see." they continued to journey with him throughout that day. The Bible mentions the name of one of the two disciples, his name is Andrew, but the others name is not mentioned. Most scholars agree that the other disciple was John, the author of the Gospel of John. There are certain times throughout his writings that he refers to himself as "the other disciple" or "the disciple whom Jesus loved", etc.

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Simon Peter

Andrew found his brother Simon, and said to him, "we have found the Messiah" and Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, son of Jonah, you shall be called Cephas, Aramaic for "stone" (Peter in the Greek).

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The Dwelling Place of God

The Temple in Jerusalem was an architectural wonder, having been built by Herod the Great, one of the greatest architects of the ancient world. The Jews referred to it as the "Second Temple" because the Babylonians destroyed the First Temple in 586 BC. The location of the Temple was very significant, the holy of holies rested upon the exact place where David bought the threshing floor of Auranah. Throughout Jewish history the High-priest would enter the holy of holies once per year on Yom Kippur and sprinkle the sacrificial blood between the cherubim upon the mercy seat, which was the lid on the Ark of the Covenant, and inside of it was the law of God. The presence of the Lord was called the "Shekinah" and the glory would fill the Temple. The Lord referred to the Temple as His "dwelling place".

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The Boy Jesus Comes to the Temple in Jerusalem

During the time of the Passover in Israel, it was important for Jews to come to Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover feast and make a sacrifice at the Temple. The Bible reveals that Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem for the Passover every year, and this time Jesus was 12 years old. The journey to Jerusalem was a very long and difficult journey and many families traveled in a caravan. On their way back to Nazareth, Mary and Joseph could not find Jesus for a whole day. When they realized that they would not find him they went back to Jerusalem, and they found him in the Temple at the place of the discussions with the doctors of the law. Everyone was astonished at the knowledge of the young boy.

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Map of New Testament Israel

Map of Israel During the New Testament. Israel had 3 main regions: Galilee in the north, Samaria in the middle, and Judaea in the south. In Galilee there was upper Galilee and lower Galilee. Upper Galilee had many mpountain ranges averaging around 4,000 feet. Lower Galilee had smaller hills of 1,000 feet. The very fertile Plain of Esdralon and Valley of Megiddo was in Lower Galilee. The main cities in Galilee mentioned in the Bible were Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum, and far to the north was Caesarea Philippi. Samaria had many rugged mountains of around 2500 feet. The Biblical cities in Samaria were mainly Sebaste, and Sychor. Judea has a hill country and then lowers down to Beersheba in the south about 1,000 feet above sea level. The desert in the South is a plateau that rises about 500 feet above sea level, and is very barren. But the mountains in this region had much water. The cities of Judea mentioned in the Bible were mainly Jerusalem, Bethany, Jericho, Bethlehem, Emmaus, and to the South was Hebron and Masada.

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The New Testament World

Map of the New Testament World During the Time of the Roman Empire. The Nations. This map reveals the "Nations" within the ancient world during the first century A.D., the time of the New Testament. The map includes the areas of Israel, Asia, Greece, and Italy.

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The Kingdom of Herod the Great

Map of Herods Kingdom During the New Testament. Herod the Great and his Kingdom. During the time of the birth of Jesus in the New Testament Israel was under the dominion of King Herod "the Great". Herod was the son of Antipater, an Idumean (Edomite) who had come to the aid of Julius Caesar in Alexandria and was made chief minister of Judea in 47 BC. Later in 40 BC Marc Antony and Octavian and the Roman Senate appointed Herod as King of Judea. Although he had many enemies to overcome, Herod defeated them and made himself the recognized king of Judea in 37 BC.

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The Divisions of Herods Kingdom

Map of the Divisions of Herods Kingdom After His Death. This map shows the Tetrarchies and Roman Administration of Israel. The Kingdom of Herod the Great Divided. After Herod the Great had died his kingdom was divided among his three sons, Antipas, Phillip, and Archelaus. Archelaus inherited Judea, Antipas was given Galilee and Perea (Transjordan), and Phillip inherited the predominantly Gentile areas east and north of the Sea of Galilee. Caesar Augustus quickly removed Archelaus after there were so many bad reports about him from the Jews.

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Jesus Grows Strong in Spirit

The Bible reveals that Jesus grew up full of the Spirit of God and wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him. It is important to understand that Jesus had to grow as a physical man in stature, and also had to grow up and learn the world around Him as any other man, but He was full of the Holy Spirit and learned wisdom in everything directly from God.

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The Forerunner

The Bible revealed hundreds of years before Jesus came that a forerunner would precede the coming of the Messiah. Matthew referred to him as the Herald, the official messenger who would announce the King`s arrival.

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Joseph and Mary Settle in Nazareth

The Bible reveals that Joseph took his family to Galilee in northern Israel, to a city called Nazareth. This city would become the home of Jesus throughout His early years growing up. One could stand on a hillside in Nazareth and see many of the historical landmarks, or a major highway of many travelers passing by. Nazareth means "branch" and is reminiscent of Jesus` lineage, a "branch" of king David. Nazareth was a part of the tribe of Zebulun and the prophet Isaiah foretold that the light of the messiah would dawn in this area first.

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Joseph and Mary`s Flight Into Egypt

After the Magi had departed the Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and his mother into the land of Egypt until He sent word that it would be safe to return. He warned that Herod would try to find the child to murder him. Joseph obeyed the Lord and took Jesus and his mother by night and departed for the land of Egypt. This event was foretold by the prophets.

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Herod`s Slaughtering of the Infants in Bethlehem

When Herod learned that he was betrayed by the Magi and that Jesus might have escaped he went into an outrage and ordered the murder of all male children in Bethlehem and along the coast. The coast would have been the most obvious route out of the land. This event was foretold by the prophets.

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Joseph and Mary`s Return to Israel

When King Herod the Great had died an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream in Egypt and told him to go back to the land of Israel because all those who sought to kill Jesus were dead. Joseph obeyed the Lord and they began the journey back to Israel.

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Archelaus Ruling in Judea

Joseph was apparently contemplating where to bring Jesus, and when he learned that Archelaus was ruling in Judea he decided to go in another direction, after being warned by God in another dream.

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Joseph and Mary`s Flight Into Egypt

After the Magi had departed the Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and his mother into the land of Egypt until He sent word that it would be safe to return. He warned that Herod would try to find the child to murder him. Joseph obeyed the Lord and took Jesus and his mother by night and departed for the land of Egypt. This event was foretold by the prophets.

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Jesus and the Old Testament Scriptures

List of Bible Verses that reveal the endorsement of Jesus regarding people, places, events, doctrines, and truths mentioned in the Old Testament Scriptures.

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The Announcement To The Shepherds

The moment Jesus was born there were shepherds watching over their flocks in the hills of Judea at nighttime. Suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared in the glory of the Lord shine brightly all around them. He said to 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 Savior, 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."

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The Bethlehem Inn And Manger

The Bible records that as they arrived in Bethlehem the inn was full and there was no room for them. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, in a stable for animals, within Bethlehem. The Bible does not record all of the details, but the King of the universe, the creator of all things entered our world in the most humblest of places.

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The Decree Of Augustus

The Roman Emperor Augustus gave a decree that the whole world would be taxed and that a census would be taken. He ordered every Jew to return to their ancestral home for the census. Both Joseph and Mary were descendants of David, who was from Bethlehem.

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Gabriel Encourages Joseph

The Bible reveals that when Mary began to show her pregnancy Joseph became very confused. While Joseph was contemplating divorcing her secretly the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream revealing that the child in her womb was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The Lord encouraged Joseph that the child would be named Jesus, which means in Hebrew "Jehovah is salvation" for Jesus will "save his people from their sins". Joseph believed the Lord and obeyed him.

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The Deity of Jesus

The New Testament reveals that Jesus is God. He said, "Unless you believe that I AM you will die in your sins." Jesus made it clear that he was God, and that is why he received worship from the blind man after he received his sight. What think ye of Christ? is the paramount question of life (Matthew 22:42).

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The Magi

The Bible reveals that at this time, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem seeking the King of the Jews to worship Him. Herod became enraged. He then told the Magi to go and find the child and let him know where the child was so that he can also come and worship him. But they were warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod. They once again saw the star which they had seen in the East and rejoiced, the star led them to the house where Joseph and Mary and the child were.

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Jesus Is Circumcised And Presented In The Temple

After eight days from the birth of Jesus He was circumcised and given the name Jesus according to the word of the Angel of the Lord. Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to Jerusalem to be presented before the Lord at the Temple, and to make a sacrifice according to the law.

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Books of the New Testament

List of the 27 books of the New Testament in order, with English titles and Greek words and meanings. 27 Books and 9 Authors. The New Testament contains 27 different books written by nine different authors. Every author of the New Testament was Jewish except for Luke. Three of the writers: Matthew, Peter, and John were among the 12 disciples who walked with Christ during his earthly ministry. Jesus promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would bring all things to remembrance of what Jesus said and did.

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Authors of the New Testament Books

List of the 9 authors of the 27 books of the New Testament, with authors names and Greek meanings. 27 Books and 9 Authors. The New Testament contains 27 different books written by nine different authors. Every author of the New Testament was Jewish except for Luke. Three of the writers: Matthew, Peter, and John were among the 12 disciples who walked with Christ during his earthly ministry. Jesus promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would bring all things to remembrance of what Jesus said and did.

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Timeline of the New Testament Books

List of the chronological dates of the 27 books of the New Testament along with historical events in the first century AD. The list includes places where the books or letters were written. Chronology of New Testament Books and Events.

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The Names of Jesus in the New Testament

List of the Names and Titles of Jesus mentioned in the Bible. The New Testament mentions many names, titles, and characteristics of Jesus Christ. In the Bible a name or title can reveal many things about a person, his character, or events connected with his life.

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The Parables of Jesus

The New Testament mentions many of the parables spoken by Jesus Christ. In the Bible a parable was an earthly example with a heavenly meaning. Jesus spoke in parables to reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Zacharias and Elizabeth

In around 5 BC during the days of King Herod the great, there was a priest named Zacharias who had a wife named Elizabeth. They were both descendants of Moses` brother Aaron who was the first High-priest and the founder of the Aaronic priesthood.

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The Angel Gabriel Announces Johns Birth

The angel revealed to Zacharias that Elizabeth his wife would bear a son, they were to name him John (Hebrew Meaning "God is Gracious") and he would be great in the sight of the Lord, and he would prepare the way for the coming of the King.

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John Is Born

Elizabeth became pregnant and all her relatives rejoiced at the miracle, and nine months later John was born, the whole time Zacharias was unable to speak yet once his son was born they made gestures to him about what to name his son. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "his name is John."

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The Angel Gabriel Comes To Mary

The Angel Gabriel came to a young virgin in the city of Nazareth whose name was Mary. Gabriel announced the good news to Mary that God would fulfill his promises to his people Israel, and that she would bear the special privilege of giving birth to the Messiah.

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Mary Visits Her Relative Elizabeth

Mary, upon hearing the good news immediately made arrangements to go and visit her relative Elizabeth in the hill country of Judea. It was quite a long journey from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea, and travel could be very difficult in those days. When she arrived Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and the child lept in her womb.

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People Came from All Around

The people came from all around to hear John`s message, confess their sins and get baptized. The Bible says they came from Jerusalem, Judaea, and the region of the Jordan.

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Prophecies About John the Baptist

The prophecies in the Old Testament were very familiar to John. The Scriptures foretold that the Messiah would be the Lord Himself, the glorious King, and he would come to lay down his life for his friends. The forerunner or messenger was actually a Herald who would run ahead and prepare everyone for the King`s arrival. The main Prophecies about this messenger can be found in Isaiah 40:3-5 and Malachi 3:1.

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John Appears Preaching in the Wilderness

John the Baptist was born about 5 BC, and now about 26 A.D. about the age of 30 he appears in the wilderness of Judea. He was preaching to everyone that they should repent and turn from wickedness and prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah. His message was a cry for repentance, that the time was at hand for people to prepare for the coming of the King.

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John`s Appearance

John stood wearing a camel`s hair garment with a leather girdle about his loins, similar to the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament. John had nothing whatsoever to do with the kingdom of this world and the worldly pleasures around him, his only focus was on the kingdom of heaven and the very King who was about to appear. He had nothing to do with wealth or eloquent soft clothing or elaborate meals. His food was the food of the poorest in the land, he ate locusts which were gathered in the desert, and wild honey which was scooped out of the hollow part of trees. He never cut his hair and never drank wine. Water was only drink. He was completely devoted to his task.

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John`s Baptism of Repentance

The baptism of John was different than the baptism of Jesus. People came to the Jordan River where John was preaching, and they were baptized with water as they confessed their sins, in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. John`s message was to repent and do good for the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

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