My Nativity Scene this year.
Jesus and His Times
This holiday I will be studying the Events in the Life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.
Jesus birth. The ageless story of Jesus’ birth begins with the census that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. The visit of the Wise Men from the East aroused the jealousy of King Herod, who feared a rival King. The visit of the Wise Men. The Flight into Egypt. Teaching in the Temple. Jesus’ baptism. Changing water into wine. Temptation in the Wilderness.
The start of the Galilean Ministry. Summoning the first disciples. The sermon on the Mount. Naming the Apostles. Feeding 5,000. Walking on Water. Peter declares Jesus to be the Christ. Transfiguration of Jesus. Raising of Lazarus.
Entry into Jerusalem. Cleansing of the Temple. Judas betrays Jesus. Preparations for Passover. Last Supper. Arrest. Trial. Crucifixion and death. Burial. Resurrection. Appearances to disciples. Ascension.
Jesus and the Four Gospels.
The Birth of The Savior A Troubled Land. In the 2, 000 years from the time of Abraham to King Herod the Great, the Holy Land experienced periods of triumph and strife, of independence and subjugation to foreign rule. At the time of Jesus, Palestine was part of the huge Roman Empire. The Classes and Masses. Through his vast building programs and his friendship with Rome’s rulers, Herod changed the look of cities, and erected fortresses and strongholds. Artisians and builders became a new and powerful class, day laborers the new poor. Village life included life in small towns followed ancient patterns. The seasons dictated the rituals and rites of daily life. Farmers and their families adhered to age – old traditions as fathers and mothers passed on their skills and heritage to their children. Jerusalem, the Holy City is the symbol and seat of Judaism from the time of Kind David was Jerusalem. Over the centuries, the hilltop settlement became a cosmopolitan city with palaces and fortresses, dominated by the magnificent Temple built by Herod on the Temple Mount.
The Life of the Mind. Teachers occupied a special place n the community, for they preserved learning and passed it on to the young. Knowledge of religion and the law and adherence to their precepts were the foundation of society. Trade and Travel. The Lands bordering the Mediterranean carried on a vigorous trade both in staples and in luxury items. The sea routes were the channels by which new ideas were spread from place to place. Religious Conflict. Many sects, Pharisees and the Sadducees among them, argued the fine points of the law and vied for power. Religious leaders like John the Baptist roused the people by proclaiming the coming of the Savior. The Mission of the Messiah. Although his ministry lasted but a few short years, Jesus’ influence was profound. The Story of those years begins with the temptation in the desert and ends with his death and resurrection. Spreading of the Gospel. Upon Jesus’ death, his message was carried throughout the Holy Land and beyond by the Apostle Paul and others. Christianity became a new force in the Roman Empire.
At the time. the birth of Jesus was nearly as obscure an event as is possible to imagine. But his ministry and death set off a chain reaction of proclamation and interpretation of his life that quickly elevated his story from obscurity to cosmic significance.
The Nature of Storms and identifying a storm in your life. Self – induced storm, storm caused by others, Circumstantial storms.
Storms come to all people, Christians and non – Christians. Jesus knows all about the storm in your life. God does not always deal with the storm in the way we think He will or should. Jesus always offers a word of comfort in the storm. Jesus always issues a command in the midst of the storm. Jesus gives us power to obey His storm – related command. We always come face to face with important truths as the result of storms.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, yu are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing. If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and its hall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15 : 4-5, 7-8
Please join me on this continued journey of “Jesus and His Times” this holiday season 2015.
Source: Jesus and His Times.