The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
by Rev. Mark Perkins
, "In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Wordwas God.He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; withouthim nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light ofmen.The light shines in the darkness, but thedarkness has not understood it."
Know from the beginning that Jesus was and isand forever will be the Son of God.Luke 1:14
, "Many have undertaken to drawup an account of the things that have beenfulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by thosewho from the first were eyewitnesses andservants of the word.Therefore, since I myself have carefullyinvestigated everything from the beginning, itseemed good also to me to write an orderlyaccount for you, most excellent Theophilus,so that you may know the certainty of thethings you have been taught."
Know from the beginning that this is the factualaccount of the Son of God, that this is the mostwidely documented life and times in history.1 John 1:14
, "That which was from thebeginning, which we have heard, which wehave seen with our eyes, which we havelooked at and our hands have touched this weproclaim concerning the Word of life.The life appeared; we have seen it and testifyto it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life,which was with the Father and has appearedto us.We proclaim to you what we have seen andheard, so that you also may have fellowshipwith us. And our fellowship is with the Fatherand with his Son, Jesus Christ.We write this to make our joy complete."
Know from the beginning that this factualaccount changes lives. It has changed mine, andit will change yours if you will listen andbelieve.Gal 4:45
, "But when the fullness of time hadcome, God sent his Son, born of a woman,born under law, to redeem those under law,that we might receive the full rights of sons."
Know from the beginning that God's timing isalways right, and that He sent His Son at just theright moment in human history.
READ Isaiah 52:1353:12
Know from the beginning that the life of the Sonof God was predicted for many hundreds ofyears, and know that He had a destiny of sorrowand a destiny of glory.
Dramatis Personae for the Opening Act
Mary: a young virgin, who is betrothed to Joseph,a carpenter. They are residents of Nazareth, asmall town in the hill country of Galilee;Elizabeth: an older woman of the hill country of Judah, not far from Jerusalem, and Mary's cousin;her husband Zechariah, a priest in the division ofAbijah;Wise men from the East;Shepherds near Bethlehem;Gabriel, an angel;An anonymous angel;Simeon, a righteous man who waits for theconsolation of Israel;Anna, a prophetess more than a hundred years ofage, and a widow for eighty four of those years avery pious woman;Herod, the king over the Roman province of Judeaan evil man full of ambition.
HEROD THE GREAT
Herod in many ways personifies the trouble inIsrael at the time of Christ. For a long time,hundreds of years, the Jews had lived under thecontrol of one nation or another, and they longedto be truly autonomous. It seemed like whatever