Sep 6, 2016

The Life of Jesus Christ

Hello once again, dear readers!

Today I am posting something different from anything I've posted before.  I took an online college class titled, "Men of the Bible" this summer.  One of my assignments was to write an essay on the life of Jesus.  How does one even begin to do that?!  Needless to say, I greatly surpassed the minimum length of 250 words. =)  I am going to share my long essay with you, hoping that it helps you to see our Savior in a new way.  Know that I could never put everything Jesus did into words.  This is just an attempt at giving you a glimpse into His miraculous life.  To get a full story please read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  If you haven't done so, then you have to take the time to read these books.  If you don't have your own Bible, there are free ones online.  I recommend using Bible Gateway.

Now buckle up and read further about the life of the Son of God.




"Let there be." With three words, galaxies whirled into existence. Beings were created out of nothing. The earth was formed; oceans and seas, deserts and forests, flowers and trees, were spoken into life. Everything was created with three words. "Let there be." It was a command, but not only a command. It was a plan, a promise, a hope, and a future.

The same One who spoke the world into creation loves us. He had a perfect plan for our existence. If we obey and love Him, we live in joy, harmony, and peace. But we did not. Our world turned into an ugly mess of sin, pain, and sorrow. We abandoned the One who loved us. Yet God did not abandon us. He had a plan. He would send His Son to rescue us. Jesus left His heavenly throne to live in poverty and pain. Throughout the Old Testament, God made hundreds of promises, pointing to the future. Prophets, kings, and captives wrote of God's words promising a future deliverer. And one day, the words came true.

Jesus came to the earth on His mission. He was born as a newborn babe into the deepest poverty. Welcoming their Child into the world, His mother gave birth to Him in a dingy stable. Jesus grew up knowing what pain felt like. He too felt sorrow. Yet in all He did, He never sinned.

Then it was time. Jesus was baptized and began His ministry. But a great trial came before He started His work. Satan, the arch enemy of God, tried to bribe Jesus into sin. Mocking and twisting God's words, Satan's gave his most powerful arguments. Even so, he failed miserably. Jesus cast him out of His presence declaring, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only!" (Matthew 4:10) Overcoming the temptations, Jesus entered His ministry to save the world.

While on the earth, Jesus showed love to all around Him. He healed the sick. He gave vision to the blind. He made the mute speak. He cast out demons. More than all that, He loved the unlovable and touched the untouchable. Never showing partiality to man or women, rich or poor, Jesus cared for all and showed His love deeply. He preached, taught, and told stories to everyone, telling them of the Truth that would set them free. Some rejected Him. Some mocked Him. Some hated Him. But everyone could tell that He was different.

Jesus picked twelve disciples to work alongside Him. They learned from His words. They were the ones who would carry on His message for the entire world to hear. His time was limited.

Jesus knew that His ultimate victory was yet to come. After years of showing God's love, healing hurt lives, and proclaiming deliverance, it was time. Jesus willingly let the "religious leaders" capture Him. They were so full of pride and self-righteousness that they failed to see what true religion was—an act of Love. They beat the God they claimed to serve. They spat in His face. In the end, they gave Him the most painful death of all—nailing Him to a cross to hang in utter misery. He was lifted into the sky as a "warning to others." They failed to see the greater purpose.

Jesus died to save the world from its sin. Every man and women, boy and girl, is guilty. We have all fallen short of perfection. Lying, stealing, taking the Lord's name in vain, hating, and coveting, none are without guilt. Jesus took all of that sin on His own shoulders. The weight of it bore down so painfully that Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) He was the perfect sacrifice. Without blemish, Jesus died to save us—us who are so unworthy.

The story did not end there. Three days after Jesus died He was raised from the dead! He overcame death in a powerful victory. His resurrection showed that He was no ordinary man. As the Son of God, He was stronger than death. Overcoming it, He ultimately showed His divinity and power.

Before Jesus left to go back to heaven, He gave His disciples a command. "Go into all the world," He said, "and preach the Gospel to all creation."

This was God's ultimate plan. He loved us so much that He sent His Son into the world to rescue us. Now we have a Way to deliverance. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, thus allowing us a way to salvation.

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

"Turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus." (Acts 20:21)

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Jesus, the Light of the world, the perfect sacrifice, and the One who was slain, came to the earth to save us. Full of love and tender compassion, He came to save that which was lost. He changed the world for eternity. Because of all that Jesus did, we can now be saved. Therefore, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." (Acts 16:31)

16 comments:

  1. I love this, Hosanna. I don't know what else to say but that may God be glorified through this essay. <3 <3

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    1. Thank you, Jordy!! I know it's not the normal post, and there's not much to comment on...but I think it's often way too easy for us to forget Him and focus on ourselves. I hope that it reminded someone of how much Jesus has done for every one of us. ♥

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  2. Beautifully, beautifully done, girl!!! Jesus' life is so amazing and totally worth writing about, isn't it?

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    1. So true, Hannah! Thank you! Reflecting on the amazing lives of those who have gone before us in the good fight can be so encouraging and uplifting. I suppose that's partly why there are so many inspirational stories throughout the Bible. =) As I wrote this piece, I was forced to really think about Jesus in a deeper level...not just knowing what He did but actually understanding what He did. And we are so blessed because of it. ♥

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  3. Wow, Hosanna! So wonderfully written! Keep up the lovely writing for Him! <3

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    1. Thank you, Emily! You too! I love how we are "writing partners" in the faith...bringing glory to God through our fingertips and hearts. Because writing is how I can express myself the best, I love that I can use it to bring Him glory. (and guess what? Hannah told me how to make these lovely hearts) ♥ ♥ I LOVE them. ♥

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    2. Yes! It's so wonderful to be able to use our writing talents for the glory of God!

      (Hehe, I ♥ using those hearts too! Someone told me and I told Hannah and I'm glad she told you! =)

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    3. Well, thank you for telling Hannah then. ;) Hehe.

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  4. HOSANNA. YOU DID SO GOOD!!!
    You should be a missionary preaching the Good News to a remote tribal people or something! You know how to present the Gospel so well. =) Great job!!!
    After reading this post, I prayed that it would change somebody's life. AND IT DEFINITELY CAN. God is using you to do wonderful things, Hosanna!! Keep living and writing for His glory!!
    -Ariel

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    1. Gracias, Ariel! =)

      I'm not sure about that...Lol! God hasn't yet given me a desire to be a missionary. =) But if that is His will... ;) I do have 3 siblings who want to minister overseas however!

      Oh, I pray it will as well!!! That's the reason I write in the first place. =) His will be done! ♥

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  5. *claps and cries* *wipes away tears* THIS WAS SO AWESOME!!!! I DON'T HAVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT!!!! HOW DID YOU WRITE THIS??????AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This was SO BEAUTIFUL!!!
    *cries again*

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    1. Oh Anika!!! It'll be okay! ♥ *giant hugs* =) Jesus loves you, girl!

      I'm so glad that my little essay blessed you. Isn't the life of Jesus simply mind-blowing?! He has done so, so much for us! ♥ My story is beautiful not because of the writer but only because of the perfect character of Jesus. How blessed we are! ♥ Thank you dear!

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  6. Hey Hosanna Emily! I nominated you for the Ultimate Writer Tag on my blog, Spreading My Joy here: https://spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-ultimate-writer-tag.html

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.
    www.alliesblogdesigns.blogspot.com
    www.friendlovesatalltimes.blogspot.com
    www.sincerelyallied.blogspot.com
    www.spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Allie! I'm honored! =) I haven't been accepting tagged posts recently, but I really like this one...I might have to make an exception. ;)

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  7. Amen! It's uplifting to ponder the life of Christ. I can see how easy it would've been to surpass that minimum word count - it's so hard to put words around the Greatest Man Who ever lived and died! I like how you finished the essay too - with a reminder to accept Him into our lives.

    I enjoyed reading this, Hosanna! Your writing is a blessing. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! ♥ Yes, His life is very hard to just "write down"...because we can never truly understand all that He did for us. I'm glad that the post blessed you! Writing down your thoughts on the Bible really opens your eyes to things you never considered. I love doing it. =)

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