Topics in CRSThe Prodigal Son, Moral lessons learnt The Prodigal Son, Moral lessons learnt Part 2 Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 1st Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 2nd Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 3rd Term Biblical account of Creation Biblical account of Creation, part 2 Consequences of the disobedience of Adam and Eve Consequences of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, part 2 The early years of Jesus Biblical account of Human Disobedience Attributes of God explained Leadership qualities of Joseph that can transform your life Suffering - Our Response to Suffering and the Beauty of Suffering Sovereignty of God with Bible References
Academic Questions in CRS
The sun was created on the _____ day.
Which of the following statement is INCORRECT regarding the biblical account of creation as contained in Genesis Chapter 1.
By the term "God is Sovereign", we mean that _____.
Jealousy is one of the attributes of God
Noah had three sons after he was _____ years old.
According to Genesis chapter 1 verses 6 – 8, God created _____ on the second day.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.
Jesus is the Word according to John 1:1. The Word took flesh in the womb of a virgin over 2,000 years ago.
Although the beautiful text and narratives of the gospel do not completely tell us about the early years of Jesus, but what we know for sure is the fact that this newly born Child (who will be named Jesus) is completely God and completely human throughout and after his life on Earth.
God allowed himself to be born of a Virgin for the mission of redeeming the creatures He made in His own image and likeness.
This article tells the summary of the early years of the Infant King, the lover of mankind and the saviour of the world.
The Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to the purest of God’s creature to announce her as the mother of His only begotten son. The angel began by saying;
The young girl who received this great tidings is Mary. With Humility, Mary gave a 100% yes by saying:
Luke 1: 38
Immediately after she consented to God’s plan of salvation, the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and the conception of Jesus took place instantly. God entered the womb of Mary to live there for 9 months before His birth. Although Mary was betrothed to Joseph during this time, she knew no man and faithfully remained a virgin.
Note: God had been existing, even before time began. He finally took the nature of man when He entered the holy womb of Mary. This process of God becoming Man is termed Incarnation.
Mary (with the child in her womb; yet to be named Jesus) visited her relative Elizabeth after she was told by Angel Gabriel that her cousin Elizabeth is 6 months pregnant.
Inside the womb of both women were Jesus (in Mary’s womb) and John (in Elizabeth’s womb); although both were yet to be named at that moment. Mary greeted Elizabeth.
Some scholars will tell you that "the leap of Joy by John in the womb of Elizabeth signified John's baptism"; and Jesus was responsible for this; even right from Mary's womb.
Note: Elizabeth made the comments on Luke 2:6-7 under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
The Roman Emperor at that time, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. Every person had to go to their own town to be register.
Since Joseph belonged to the house and line of David, he and his pregnant spouse Mary went up to Bethlehem, the town of David.
Note: Bethlehem is in the land of Judah.
Wise Men from the east came to visit the infant King. Upon their arrival, they saw the Child with his Mother Mary. They knelt down and worshiped the infant (Jesus).
Note: Jesus remained God at every point of his physical existence even while He was in the womb of the virgin; throughout his birth, death on the cross and eventual resurrection.
Notice that the bible recorded that the wise men knelt down (or bowed down) and worshipped the infant (Jesus), according to Matthew 2:11
Next, they opened their treasures and presented him with the significant gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh.
Note: Jesus is completely God and completely Man. It was the man (human nature) of Jesus that died on the cross, not his Godly (divine) nature. "God cannot die".
The encounter of the wise men with the infant Jesus was recorded in the book of Matthew 2:1-12
Mary and Joseph consecrated the baby Jesus to the Lord in the temple by offering a sacrifice as the law required. They took along a pair of doves or two young pigeons because they were poor.
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Herod planned to kill the infant Jesus but meanwhile, Jesus, Mary and Joseph had fled to Egypt because they had already been notified of Herod’s evil intentions. Herod ordered the killing of all children who were aged 2 years and below.
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
These children were the first martyrs of Jesus Christ because they sacrificed their life for the sake of the Baby Jesus.
Note: These young martyrs are referred to as Souls of the Holy Innocence.
After the death of Herod, Jesus, Mary and Joseph returned to the land of Israel and went to the district of Galilee where they settled in a town called Nazareth, bringing to fufillment the prophesy, "that Jesus will be called a Nazarene".
When Jesus was 12 years old, He and his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover since it was a yearly custom for the Jews. On their way back, they discovered his absence (Jesus) from the group.
Mary and Joseph went back to Jerusalem to look for Jesus but will only find Him in the temple after 3 days of search.
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
He was completely obedient to Mary and Joseph all through his earthly life. He learnt to work with his foster father Joseph as a carpenter.
Jesus grew up in wisdom, age and grace; and was sinless throughout his life on Earth.
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Amazing facts in CRS
If you translate “Jesus” from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be “Joshua”. The name “Jesus” was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English
NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS
The Sovereignty of God simply implies that God is at the Top of all things.
Below are some facts that expresses God's Sovereignty:
God is above all things and before all things.
God is the creator of all things.
God is omniscient. He knows all things: past, present and future.
God can do and accomplish all things.
God is in control of all things and rules over all things.
The term sovereign relates to words like:
Supreme, Ruler, Greatest, Unlimited and Total
Based on the above, the sovereignty of God can be expressed in different views. For instance: