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What is the story of Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the Son of GOD. But, where did it all start?Let's explore that. The Four Gospel books of the Bible; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John give the best story of Jesus Christ and all of them should be read to get the most accurate story. What is found below is a summary of the story of Jesus. Note that this is not a complete account of Jesus, for John said in John 21:24-25, "This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."

BIRTH
This is best noted in Matthew 1:18-25. Now, Jesus' lineage, as described in Matthew 1:1-17, traces all the way back to the House of David. According to Matthew 2:1, Jesus was born during the reign of King Herod (the Great). King Herod heard about the birth and felt threatened. He tried to have Jesus killed by ordering all of Bethlehem's male children under age two to be killed. However, Joseph was warned by an angel about this, and then took Mary and Jesus to Egypt until King Herod died. The family was brought back to settle in Nazareth (in Galilee).


Early Life
Not much is written, sadly, of Jesus' early life. Although, Luke notes in Luke 2:41-52 that Jesus (about 12-years-old at the time) accompanies his parents on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Somehow, they became separated. Jesus was found several days later in a temple, discussing some things with Jerusalem's elders.

There are other trace references of Jesus working as a carpenter as a young adult.


Beginning of Ministry
It's believed that the beginning of Jesus' ministry was around age 30, when He was baptized by John the Baptist. Now, John the Baptist felt unworthy to baptize Jesus, and insisted it should be Jesus baptizing him. The story of the baptism is best described in John 1:29-34.

After being baptized, Jesus went into the Judean desert to fast and to meditate for 40 days and nights. Soon after, the Temptation of Christ began, as the Devil appeared and tempted Jesus three times. First, Jesus was tempted to turn stone to bread. Second, He was tempted to cast himself off a mountain where angels would saved Him. Finally, He was tempted with an offer from the Devil to have all the kingdoms of the world. With these three temptations, Jesus rejected them and used the Word of GOD to counter them.

Jesus then returned to Galilee and traveled to several neighbor villages, where several people became His disciples. According to John 2:1-11, when Jesus was beginning His ministry, He and His disciples traveled with His mother, Mary, to a wedding at Cana. The wedding host ran out of wine, and Mary called on Jesus to help. Hesitant to help, Jesus then asked for three large jars filled with water. He turned the water into wine of high quality, which was better than any wedding before. This, according to the Gospel of John, was the first sign of Jesus' glory.

After the wedding, Jesus, Mary, and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. While at the temple, moneychangers and merchants were discovered. In anger, Jesus turned all the tables over and used a whip to drive them out. He declared that the Father's House is not a house for merchants, but a House of Prayer.

Jesus began speaking parables and doing miracles. Much prophecy (from the Old Testament) was being fulfilled during this time, and Jesus spoke several times that what He was doing fulfills the prophecy of the old prophets. Jesus presented the Sermon on the Mount, where several things were taught, including the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes teach much about love, humility, and compassion.

Crowds began to grow at Jesus' teachings, and people began declaring Him as the Messiah and the son of David. People that practice religious activity, Pharisees, began to challenge Jesus, also accusing Him of having the power of Satan. He defends Himself using a parable. Jesus took His disciples with Him through a lot of His work.

Time passed, and Jesus arrived in Jerusalem for His final week, riding on a donkey. Loads of people greeted Him with palm branches, praising Him as the son of David and the Son of GOD. The priests and Pharisees feared that Jesus was getting too popular and that He must be stopped.

Soon, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He predicted also on the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, there were elders and chief priests who met with the high priest, Caiaphas, setting plans in motion to arrest Jesus. One of Jesus' disciples, Judas, quietly met with the priests and said that he would deliver Jesus to them.

The Last Supper
Jesus and His 12 disciples had a Passover meal, which Jesus instructed His final words of faith to the disciples. In which case, He also predicted the betrayal from one of His disciples. He privately let Judas know it was him who'd betray Jesus. Then, Peter was told that he would deny Jesus three times before the rooster crowed the next morning. Lastly, Jesus took communion with them.

After The Last Supper, Jesus and His disciples went to Gethsemane to pray, where Jesus went ahead of them and broke down before GOD. He asked the Lord to let the cup pass from Him (as in GOD stopping the crucifixion). He wanted the group to pray with Him, but they kept falling asleep.

As Jesus went on, Judas came with some soldiers and told them that the one he kisses is the one to arrest. So, Judas went to Jesus and gave Him a kiss, where next the soldiers seized Jesus and brought Him before the high priest to interrogate Him. Jesus was abused for His lack of response.

Peter wandered around following Jesus to the high priest's court. Many people questioned Peter asking if he was one of Jesus' servants. But, he denied Jesus a total of three times, and then the rooster crowed. When Peter realized this and Jesus looked at him while leaving the area, he broke down and wept for the denial of Jesus.

The Crucifixion
Jesus was taken, the next day, to the high court, where He was condemned, mocked, and beaten for calling Himself the Son of GOD. He was brought before Pontius Pilate, who was the Governor of Judea. The accusations to Jesus were for Him claiming to be the King of the Jews. They asked that Jesus be put to death. Through questioning from Pilate, he said that he didn't find Jesus harmful.

Pilate refused to deal with Jesus and sent Him to King Herod. Jesus was brought back to Pilate, who told the priests that nothing was wrong with Him. Jesus was brought along with Pilate before a crowd, and asked who the crowd wanted, Barabbas or Jesus...everyone chose Barabbas. So, Jesus was ordered to be crucified. The Roman soldiers began beating, mocking, and whipping Jesus, bloodying Him from head to toe and putting a crown of thorns on His head.

He was led off to Mount Calvary, where He was crucified with two other thieves on Skull Hill. Jesus was in the middle. Both Marys were there as well as many of His friends. Many wept because of this. There was an earthquake soon after, and the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom as Jesus gave up His spirit.

Resurrection & Ascension
After the crucifixion, Jesus was placed into a tomb, where three days later He arose out of the tomb. The tomb was found empty. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first, and then to His mother, Mary. Both Marys informed His disciples of this and they couldn't believe it. They wanted proof. So, Jesus appeared before them, and showed His hands and had the disciples touch them. After that, most of them believed. Then, the Lord commissioned them to go and preach the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Lastly, Jesus ascended to Heaven, where He now sits at the right-hand of our Father GOD!