The early years of Jesus

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The sun was created on the _____ day.

  • A. First
  • B. Second
  • C. Third
  • D. Fourth
  • E. Fifth
  • F. Sixth

Which of the following statement is INCORRECT regarding the biblical account of creation as contained in Genesis Chapter 1.

  • A. Light is the first of God's creation
  • B. On the first day, evening passed and morning came
  • C. God created a dome and named it sky on the second day
  • D. God himself named the darkness night and the light day
  • E. God dedicated the sixth day specifically for the creation of human beings
  • F. God created the sea creatures and the birds on the same day

By the term "God is Sovereign", we mean that _____.

  • A. God is powerful
  • B. God is love
  • C. God is at the top of all
  • D. God is all merciful
  • E. God is all faithful
  • F. God is Trinity

Jealousy is one of the attributes of God


Noah had three sons after he was _____ years old.

  1. 60
  2. 75
  3. 100
  4. 120
  5. 350
  6. 500

According to Genesis chapter 1 verses 6 – 8, God created _____ on the second day.

  1. land
  2. seas
  3. sky
  4. heavenly bodies
  5. birds
  6. land animals
  7. animals living in water

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Early years of Jesus:

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

John 1:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

John 1:14

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.

Please read on the Biblical account of Creation here.

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;

  • Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.

    Luke 1:28

The young girl who received this great tidings is Mary. With Humility, Mary gave a 100% yes by saying:

  • I am the Lord's servant, "Mary answered". May your word to me be fulfilled.

    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.

Please read on the Sovereignty of God here.


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.

  • And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month.

    Luke 1:36

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.

  • When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped for joy and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

    Luke 1:41

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.

  • In a loud voice Elizabeth exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

    Luke 1:42-44

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.

  • When the time came for the baby to be born, she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

    Luke 2:6-7


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.

  • Gold: It represents a symbol of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is the King of kings, even at birth and throughout eternity.
  • Frankincense: It represents a symbol of Jesus' divinity and a sign of worship. Only God can be worshipped; and as such, Jesus is fully God.
  • Myrrh: It represents a symbol of Jesus' death. Jesus is truly man as that's why he was able to suffer and die on the cross.
    Please read on the Beauty of Suffering here.

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".

Please read on the Attributes of God here.

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.

  • Moved by the Holy Spirit, Simeon went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

    “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.”

    Luke 2:27-35


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.

  • Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

    “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.”

    Matthew 2:16-18

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.

Please read on the Consequences of Man's Disobedience here.

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".

  • And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.

    Matthew 2:23


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.

  • After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

    “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.

    Luke 2:46-52

Please read on the Leadership Qualities of Joseph that has transformed lives here.

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


The Sovereignty of God simply implies that God is at the Top of all things.

Below are some facts that expresses God's Sovereignty:

  1. God is above all things and before all things.

  2. God is the creator of all things.

  3. God is omniscient. He knows all things: past, present and future.

  4. God can do and accomplish all things.

  5. God is in control of all things and rules over all things.

Please read more on the sovereignty of God with relevant Bible Quotations here.

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:

  1. God is Sovereign because he is above all things.
  2. God is Sovereign because he is in control of all things. 🌍
  3. God is Sovereign because he is at the top of all things.
  4. God is Sovereign because he has knowledge of all that "has happened", "is happening" and "will happen in the future".
  5. God is Sovereign because he can do all things.

Please read on God's Sovereignty here; together with Bible passages that backs it up