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The early years of Jesus

len Alfred Ajibola - Thu, 25th April, 2019 @ 05:30 PM

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Academic Questions in CRS

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Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?

  • A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

  • B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat

  • D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding

  • E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye

  • F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made

That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?

  • A. God called out to Adam and Eve

  • B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively

  • C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'

  • D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam

  • E. God declared his anger to man

  • F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately

The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.

  • A. Telling her she would be wise

  • B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. Telling her she will be like God

  • D. Asking her a simple question

  • E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit

  • F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing

God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.

  • A. Omniscient

  • B. Self existence

  • C. Omnipotent

  • D. Wisdom

  • E. Omnipresent

  • F. Omniknowledge

The following are attributes of God except _____.

  • A. Jealousy

  • B. Asiety

  • C. Incomprehensibility

  • D. Immutability

  • E. Impeccability

  • F. Options A through E are correct

_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom

What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?

  • A. He will be restored to his former position

  • B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains

  • C. He will see his family again

  • D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison

  • E. He will die in prison

  • F. He will be shown mercy by the king

Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.

  • A. 3rd

  • B. 5th

  • C. 7th

  • D. 9th

  • E. 11th

  • F. 12th

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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 in the above bible passages. 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 fully God and completely man throughout and after his life on earth. To this end, God allowed himself to be born of a virgin for the mission of redeeming the creatures he made in his own image and likeness.

You can read on the Biblical account of Creation here.

This article gives a summary of the early years of the infant king, the lover of mankind and the saviour of the world; in the person of Jesus.

 

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 teenage girl who received this great tidings is Mary. With humility, she gave her full consent by saying:

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

    Luke 1: 38

The above encounter between Mary and the angel is termed annunciation and it took place on the 25th day of March.

Immediately 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 ever after.

Note: God had been existing, even before time began. He eventually took the nature of man (in the person of Jesus) 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 three months child in her womb visited her relative Elizabeth after she was told by Angel Gabriel that her cousin (Elizabeth) is six 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 scriptural scholars had declared 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. However, this divine encounter between Mary and Elizabeth is termed the visitation.

  • 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 above declarations under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

You can read on Jesus' teaching on forgiveness here.

 

Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor at that time decreed that a census should be taken of the entire Roman empire. Every person had to go to their respective town to be registered.

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 located 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).

It is important to state that Jesus remained God at every point in his physical existence, even while he was in the womb of the virgin; throughout his life on earth, death on the cross and eventual resurrection.

Notice that the bible recorded that the wise men knelt down (bowed down completely or prostrated) and worshipped the infant (Jesus), according to Matthew 2:11.

Apparently, only God can be worshiped and Jesus is always God, even as a baby.

Next, they opened their treasures and presented him with the significant gifts of gold, frankincense, 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 and that's why he was able to suffer and die on the cross.
    Please read on the Beauty of Suffering here.

Note: Jesus is truly 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 more 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.

Understand that the birth of Jesus (termed the nativity) triggered the above narrative.

 

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. This event in the temple is termed the presentation of Jesus.

  • 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. In his futile attempt to kill the infant king, 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 lives for his sake.

Note: These young martyrs are often referred to as souls of the holy innocence. They received a baptism of blood through their death on Jesus' behalf.

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 into 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 three 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 business? 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

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

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

Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.

According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.

Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.

Please read more on Joseph's story here

By looks, Joseph is a handsome young man and Potipher’s wife could not take her seductive eyes off him. She made a series of sexual advances to Joseph but he clearly refused her in all the attempts she had made. Joseph showed discipline and fear of the Lord during this period of temptation.

After failed attempts to seduce Joseph, she finally got hold of a piece of Joseph’s garment when Joseph ran away from her sexual seduction. She became furious, perhaps afraid that Joseph might report her to Potipher, her husband. She therefore lied to Potipher that Joseph attempted to seduce her and she ran away grabbing a piece of Joseph’s clothing. She showed Potipher the cloth as a proof of her lies. For this reason, Potipher imprisoned Joseph.

Joseph had always prospered every where he found himself, and the prison is not an exception. Even in the prison, the warden promoted him by putting him in charge of all the prisoners.

Please read powerful and motivational quotes for students here

Below are some qualities of Joseph that made him a great leader in Egypt:

  • Discipline: Joseph had every chance to commit sin with the King’s wife when he was tempted. However, because he had discipline over his body, he said no and eventually had himself imprisoned.

  • Faithfulness: Joseph is a man of great faith. He believed completely in God and would rather suffer his body than to gratify it in adultery.
    He also proved his faith in Potipher’s business, showing that he can be trusted.
    You can read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's unfaithfulness here

  • Humility: Even though he was the 11th child of his father’s old age, he remained humble to his brothers when they hated him. His humility is one virtue that made him a great leader in Egypt.

  • Gracious: Joseph was gracious to his brothers who betrayed him. He showed compassion and mercy in their time of greatest need. He gave them food and forgave them during the time of severe famine.

  • Selfless: He gave his time to the service of others, interpreting dreams and helping them to successfully manage their affairs. This made him promoted in every situation he found himself, whether as a slave, a prisoner or a free man.

Please read more on the leadership qualities of Joseph here

Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.

The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.

Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.

Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist

Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.

Sumner Redstone

Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.

You can read on various motivational quotes here

Beauty of Suffering - Len AcademyAccording to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);

Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.

As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:

  • Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.

  • Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.

Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.

Please read more on the beauty of suffering here