Jesus His Life: 5 Moving Stories of the Savior in the Bible
Jesus Christ’s Birth
Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-21
The birth of Jesus Christ was prophesied hundreds of years prior to his actual birth, for in Isaiah 7:14, it mentions “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Immanuel means “God is with us” thereby signifying God’s spirit would be with this individual who is born of a virgin. The fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 is found in Matthew 1:18-21 where it is mentioned that Jesus was sent to save God’s people from their sins.
As prophesied in Micah 5:2, Jesus Christ would be born in Bethlehem. Although, his mother, Virgin Mary, was from Nazareth, she registered to the census with Joseph, who was a descendent of King David and from Bethlehem, as he was promised in marriage to her. Although she was heavily pregnant, they travelled many miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The moment they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary felt that she was about to give birth. yet, all the inns were full and there was nowhere that they could stay. However, someone offered to let them stay in a barn where they kept all of their animals, and this is where Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger.
After Jesus was born, a star shone brightly above above him to indicate his birth. The first visitors were a group of shepherd, and they were told of the great message by an angel of the Lord and they immediately left their place to follow the star and see Jesus. The next visitors who came are the three wise men.They firstly went to King Herod but King Herod wanted to find Jesus’ place of birth to kill him, therefore, on their way to see Jesus, the wise men were told by an angel to reveal his location. Upon their arrival, the wise men offered many gifts to the baby Messiah.
Jesus’ First Miracle: Turning Water into Wine
John 2: 1- 11
A wedding was taking place in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus, Mary, and his disciples were all invited but when the wine had run out, Mary told her son, “They have no more wine.” Initially Jesus asked his mother, “Why do you involve me? My time has not come yet”, however, he told the servants to retrieve 6 stone water jars that are normally used for ceremonial washing and to fill them with water to the brim. Then, when Jesus told them to draw out some for the master of the banquet, and to their surprise, they discovered the water had turned into wine.
The master of the banquet did not realize Jesus had turned the water into wine and remarked that “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests that had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now”. This act would be Jesus’ first miracle and once completed, it would reveal his glory and give the disciples further reason to put their faith in him.
The Sermon on the Mount
In Matthew chapters 5-7, Jesus is seen preaching from the mountainside about many topics regarding how believers should carry out a life of faith, such as the Beatitudes, prayer, fasting, and much more. These topics provide guidance for a believer as to how to live a life of faith that imitates Christ. Teachings about adultery, divorce, and murder are familiar commands as they can also be found within the Old Testament too. Yet, while the law came through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17), therefore, Jesus brought the true meaning of the laws of Moses that believers are meant to keep and uphold today. As stated in Hebrews 10:1, the law was seen as a shadow of the good things to come, so when Jesus came, he preached about the Old Testament fulfillment of how believers can truly reconnect back to God.
Jesus His Life in the Bible: The Samaritan Woman
As Jesus left Judea and headed to Galilee, he started going through Samaria where he stopped by a well for a drink. As he sat down to rest, a Samaritan woman came to fetch water from the well after the disciples chose to go and buy food. Jesus asked the woman for a drink, but she said that he is a Jew and she’s a Samaritan, otherwise known as a Gentile. As a Gentile, she would be shunned by the Jewish society, therefore, she was surprised Jesus asked her for water.
Yet, instead Jesus also offers her the “living water”, which she firsts assume is physical and questions his ability to draw water from the well without a bucket. However, Jesus goes on to tell her that “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst”. Intrigued by Jesus’ offer, the Samaritan woman asks for this “living water”, to which then Jesus responds by asking about her husbands and revealing the Samaritan woman’s true spiritual condition. Through his words, the Samaritan woman is able to recognize Jesus is a prophet but when further inquiring about worship, Jesus tells her, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth”. Amazed by what she heard, the Samaritan woman identified Jesus as the Messiah who was promised.
Jesus His Life in the Bible: Feeding the 5,000
Mark 6: 31- 44
During Jesus’ sermon on the Mount, he and his disciples went to quiet place to rest, however, many people recognized them and followed after them to listen to what Jesus would preach. In seeing how many people were gathered to listen, Jesus called them sheep without a shepherd and felt compassion for them and decided to teach. As the day went on, one of the disciples suggested that the villagers disperse and go find something to eat, however, Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” The disciples were shocked as feeding 5,000 hungry mouths could not be possible with what little money they possessed, but instead Jesus sent them to get what they could and they returned with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Then, he took the bread and broke the loaves and offered thanks to God. He then proceeded to break the bread into pieces and told his disciples to distribute it and he did the same with the fish. Every single person in there had enough and there were still 12 baskets filled with loaves; they had all eaten their fill. For what started out small as just 5 loaves and 2 fish grew to a large size to satisfy the hunger of many individuals.