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As a kid, I would go to Church with my parents, and hear these amazing stories about Jesus. I would forget most of it until the next Sunday; but early in my teens I started thinking about these stories and wondering if they were true. A few weeks before I turned 14, I was at Church, and I prayed “God of the Bible, if you are real, I want to know for myself…”.
Since then, I have seen that studying the teachings and life of Jesus, as recorded in the Bible, has had a powerfully transformative impact on me. As I compare the teachings and life of Jesus with that of famous kings, politicians, entertainers, and philosophers (I have read a lot of them), I find Jesus more powerful. Take the story of his death and resurrection, its out of this world!
Consider mark 14:43-50 (The Message Bible)(shortened): No sooner were the words out of his mouth when Judas… showed up, and with him a gang of ruffians, sent by the high priests, religion scholars, and leaders, brandishing swords and clubs… He went straight to Jesus and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. The others then grabbed him and roughed him up… Jesus said to them, “What is this, coming after me with swords and clubs as if I were a dangerous criminal? Day after day I’ve been sitting in the Temple teaching, and you never so much as lifted a hand against me. What you in fact have done is confirm the prophetic writings.” All the disciples cut and ran.
The man Jesus, fed the hungry, healed the sick, raised the dead, now being arrested and roughed up, yet calm and purposeful in his response to it all. How do you do that without being extraordinary in self-control and temper. They took him to the high priest, then to the Roman leaders; they beat him, then nailed him to a cross, yet he did no harm. There is more to learn about this extraordinary man; get a Bible and read his story for yourself this Christmas season!
Lord, give us insight into Jesus, this Christmas season, Amen!!!