Long before the New Testament, the birth, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ were foretold in the days of the prophets (Old Testament). Prophet Isaiah foretold the purpose and mission of Christ Jesus;
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
The angel Gabriel was sent to a fine young virgin named Mary. The angel told young Mary that she will give will give birth to a child. However, Mary was betrothed to Joseph; what angel Gabriel said to Mary came to pass, Mary was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit before she got married to Joseph.
When Joseph realized it, he didn’t want to end the engagement publicly because Mary would be disgraced by all. God is not an author of confusion, and His riches add no sorrow; He sent one of His angels to inform Joseph of the divine plan.
While Joseph was pondering on how to secretly break up the relationship, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Joseph obeyed the Lord, and he didn’t end the engagement Matthew 1:18-24, Luke 2:7, 21. Just as angel Gabriel said to Mary, she gave birth to a son and Joseph and Mary followed the instruction and called the baby Jesus.
The 12-year-old brilliant boy
Every year Joseph and his family go to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover; the journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem was a long trip. After the end of the Passover celebration, Joseph and Marry unknowingly left young Jesus behind. As soon as they noticed young Jesus was not with them, they quickly went back to Jerusalem to look for their soon.
Meanwhile, Jesus was enjoying the company of the teachers in the temple. He seized the opportunity to learn from them, he asked brilliant questions, and the teachers were amazed at the wisdom of Jesus.
Finally, Joseph and Mary found Jesus in the midst of the teachers; Mary asks ‘Child, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been very worried trying to find you.’
Jesus answers ‘Why did you have to look for me?’ Jesus answers. ‘Didn’t you know that I had to be in the house of my Father?’ Nonetheless, he followed His parents back to Nazareth. Luke 2:41-52; Matthew 13:53-56
This is my beloved Son
Jesus helped his father who is a carpenter in his business; he humbly followed his father, Joseph’s footsteps until he turned thirty years old. That was not the plan and purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ, to start His divine assignment here on earth, Jesus asks John the Baptist to baptize Him.
John was reluctant, he knew who Jesus really was but Jesus explained to him about the scripture. John the Baptist reluctantly baptized Jesus Christ, and suddenly the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended from heaven. A voice from heaven was heard saying “This is my Son, with whom I am pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17; 4:1-11; 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 1:29-51; 2:1-12.
Jesus’ ministry here on earth
After Jesus was baptized, He started His ministry, and one of the proofs of His divinity was miracles. The book of John recorded the first miracle of Jesus; the wedding in Cana, Jesus turned water into wine John 2:1-12.
Jesus fed the multitude. in one His teachings, Jesus saw the people around Him, they were tired and hungry. He had compassion on them and decided to feed them against all odds. The feeding of the multitudes shows God is not limited by our circumstances, He is the all-sufficient God and nothing can stand in His way when He wants to bless us, even if we are in a dry and barren land. Matthew 14:1-32; 15:29-38; John 6:1-21. Matthew 8:16.
He heals the sick; on several occasions during His teachings, the sick, the blind, the lame, etc. were healed by Jesus. Anywhere Jesus went, He was doing good, He even cast out spells and demons. Matthew 12:15, Matthew 14:36. He is still in the business of healing us today, all we have to do is to believe in Him.
Jesus raises the dead; once again, He did the unimaginable by raising the dead including Lazarus. Luke 7:11-15, Luke 8:41, 42, 49-55, John 11:1-44.
Victory over death
Jesus was crucified on the cross, unknowingly to the devil it was all God’s plan. Dying for our sins was the only way God’s gift to humanity can be acceptable. The bible says for the wages of sin is death. Jesus Christ took all our infirmities, sins, and died for us so that we may live. Jesus Christ now has the key of life and death Revelation 1:18 “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys to Hades and of Death.”
Jesus empowers the believers
The life of Jesus here on earth is nothing compared to what Christians are capable of doing through His power; as a believer, you are capable of doing greater things than Jesus did while He was here on earth. In John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
John 1:12 explains further the power that lies within as a believer. “But as many, as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”