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  • How great is God,

  • exalted in power, majestic above all.

  • The heavens tell of His greatness.

  • The skies display His awesome craftsmanship.

  • Day after day they continue to speak.

  • Night after night they make Him known.

  • In creating the heavens, God also created the earth

  • and formed man from the dust of the ground,

  • and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

  • The God of love created man and woman in His own image

  • to have a relationship with Him.

  • And so in the beginning, they revered and honored God

  • and lived in harmony with Him.

  • This continued until one day Satan tempted the woman

  • to eat the forbidden fruit

  • and she gave it to the man who also ate.

  • In so doing, mankind rebelled against God

  • and went his own way.

  • As a result of this sin, mankind was separated from God

  • and was thrown out of the Garden of Eden.

  • But God still loved mankind.

  • It was never His desire to be separate from those He created,

  • yet how could God be holy and the source of perfect justice

  • if He did not judge mankind for their sin?

  • In His Holy Book, God reveals His plan

  • to save the world from His judgment.

  • One of the first to see this plan unfold was Abraham.

  • Abraham was a righteous man whom God promised to bless

  • and make his descendants as numerous

  • as the sand of the sea and the stars of the sky.

  • To test his obedience, God told Abraham

  • to sacrifice his son as an offering to Him.

  • Abraham trusted God and sought to obey Him.

  • But as he raised his knife to kill his son,

  • the angel of the Lord stopped Him.

  • He saw that Abraham feared God and was willing to obey Him.

  • Then Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket,

  • and he sacrificed the ram instead of his son

  • as an offering to God.

  • And so God showed Abraham that a lamb or a similar animal

  • was to be slain as a temporary covering for sin

  • until God would provide His ultimate sacrifice

  • to pay for the sins of mankind.

  • Instead of sin separating man from God,

  • the sacrifice would restore their relationship.

  • The Holy Scriptures speak of One who was to come

  • and be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world.

  • As the ram took the place of Abraham's son,

  • so this One who would come would take man's place

  • so he could be forgiven.

  • Some refer to this person as the Messiah,

  • the One who would come and reconcile the world

  • back to God once and for all.

  • The prophets predicted many things in detail about

  • the Messiah hundreds of years before He appeared.

  • The prophet Isaiah foretold that His birth

  • was to be a miraculous one.

  • A virgin would conceive a child who was to be called,

  • in a spiritual sense, the Son of God.

  • The prophet Micah predicted that the Messiah

  • would be born in Bethlehem,

  • while the prophet Zechariah foretold

  • His entry into Jerusalem on a donkey

  • and His betrayal by Judas, one of His followers.

  • Isaiah prophesied what the Messiah would do when He came.

  • The Lord's anointed will preach the Good News to the poor,

  • bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom

  • for the captives and proclaim that the time

  • has come when the Lord will save His people.

  • So, who was the Messiah?

  • In the first century, a prophet came called Jesus.

  • Some thought He was the one the prophet spoke about.

  • Could this be?

  • Did His life fulfill what was predicted of Him?

  • Was Jesus more than a prophet?

  • What follows is His story, based on eyewitness accounts

  • as recorded in The Holy Scriptures.

  • An actor plays the part of Jesus,

  • and though no actor is worthy of such a role,

  • it has been done so that we may understand

  • and benefit from the life of Jesus.

How great is God,

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JESUS (English) The Beginning

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    姚易辰 posted on 2015/04/19
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