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JESUS FIRST MIRACLE – Episode 6

This Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ was adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? (Book 1,2,3) By James Taiwo.

Jesus Turns Water To Wine

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We have talked, so far, about Jesus’ unusual way of doing things. For example, he called his disciples at odd times in their lives, yet, the exercise was successful. In this episode, we are going to talk about Jesus’ first miracle ever. The story and the lessons learned were adopted from Chapter Five of Who Was Jesus Really? Book One.

Also, try and read along from your Bible (John 2)

Jesus, who was the chosen Son of God, always does his things by God’s timing. He decided to first spend time with his disciples before going public with his ministry. But, one event changed it all!

A wedding event took place at Cana of Galilee; Jesus was invited, so he decided to bring his disciples along. Mary, Jesus’ mother, was there also.

Everything was going great at the wedding until something unexpected happened; the wine finished! 

Can you imagine!

Back then, having little wine at a wedding reflects so bad on the couple’s parents. It means they were poor and couldn’t plan well.

Do you know what happened eventually? (I won’t tell you now, just keep reading 🙂 )

The event organizer told Mary about the problem of insufficient wine. 

Hmm, Mary seemed to have a solution! 

She knew her son (Jesus) could perform any miracle for any need. She had seen Jesus at home, doing many unimaginable things – good stuff! 

Mary went to tell Jesus about what had just happened. She said, “They have no wine!” 

Jesus knew what Mary was up to. She wanted him to perform a miracle. 

Jesus replied, “What would I have to do with you woman? My time is not yet come”. 

What do you think Mary would do with Jesus’ response? 

Most mothers would let things be at that point and tell the wedding organizer, “I’m sorry, Sir, my son doesn’t’ want to be bothered!” But, guess what – Mary didn’t do that! 

Mary wouldn’t budge for a negative affirmation. She knew Jesus always does good things for people; she knew he would help.

So, Mary instructed the organizer to make sure he does whatever Jesus tells him to do. 

In other words, Mary was saying, make sure to obey Jesus’ any instruction no matter how absurd it may sound. 

Truly, Jesus’ statement sounded absurd. He asked the wedding organizer to go and fetch ordinary water and serve people, starting from the chairman of the event. 

Can you imagine that!

The organizer was smart to obey Jesus. He did everything that Jesus asked him to do.  

Now you can guess what happened after that? It was Jesus’ first public miracle. 

The water turned to wine! 

What!!!!!!!!

Yep, the water turned to wine. And the wine tasted much better than any other wine people have ever tasted.

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Children – What Lesson Do We Learn Here?

O boy - Nope!

Good girl - Yes, Obedience!

From this book, we learn how important it is to obey the word of Jesus no matter how we feel about it, whether we think it makes sense or not. 

Obedience is a sign of trust and faith in God. 

In other words, obeying and trusting the word of God will always generate the miracle we are expecting. 

Of course, obedience is not the only lesson to learn from this story. There are other lessons, which are explained in Chapter 5 of Who Was Jesus Really? Book One. You may want to grab a copy of this book. 

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JESUS THE MYSTERY MAN – Episode 5

This Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ was adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? (Book 1,2,3) By James Taiwo.

Jesus Chooses His Disciples

Jesus chooses disciples

Our previous post discussed Jesus’ preparation to fulfill his ministry purpose and how Satan tried to derail him from the mission. 

Satan tempted Jesus with different tricks with the hope that he might get confused and miss his purpose, but the enemy lost! 

In the previous post, we also identified the clues that made Jesus prevail over Satan. 

In this post, we are going to discuss the events of how Jesus was able to gather twelve men that he needed for his ministry. 

(You can read the full story in the Bible- Mark 1)

The twelve men were also called the apostles. (Apostle – meaning one who is sent away).

It wasn’t news that Jesus is the Messiah, promised by God through the prophets. John the Baptist had proclaimed this fact to everyone who would listen, but few people had listened so far. 

Jesus, while going around doing good, preaching the word of God and healing people, he refused to brag about the fact that he is the Son of God. Yes, you can call it humility, but that didn’t stop him from calling out to the people who will tell others – The disciples, which are also called apostles! 

Perhaps what was more surprising is not the way Jesus called his disciples, but rather at the odd times he did it. 

The Book One of “Who Was Jesus, Really?” in its fourth chapter shows that Jesus was walking one day along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the lake because they were fishermen. 

Jesus was excited, and he said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men!” Without delay, they left their nets and ran to meet Jesus. 

Fishers of men

As they went a little farther, they saw the sons of Zebedee in a boat with their father, cleaning their nets and about to go for the next night of fishing. 

Jesus quickly called them to follow him, and they happily left their father, Zebedee, with the servants and followed Jesus. He told them they wouldn’t be looking for fish any longer, but that he would teach them how to “fish” people for the kingdom of God.

Imagine that! They were still working when He beckoned unto them. 

Imagine someone calling you to come right now regardless of what you are doing, asking that you leave everything you are doing and follow him. Would you answer? 

You might object the call, but the sons of Zebedee left their father in the boat in the early mornings (while preparing for their fishery business) to follow Jesus. 

Jesus Is Calling!

Jesus called his twelve disciples on different occasions. 

The names of the disciples are Simon Peter, Andrew, John, James (sons of Zebedee), Philip, Matthew, Bartholomew, Thomas, James (son of Alpheus), Simon (the patriot), Thaddaeus, and Judas Iscariot. 

Of course, there were some other men and women who later became Jesus’ disciples, but those twelve men were different because they were divinely selected. Jesus sent them out to proclaim the good news to others about God’s kingdom.

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Lesson To Learn

The action of the sons of Zebedee and others that Jesus called is indeed exemplary! Those people were eager to follow Jesus. They didn’t allow their private business to stop them from following the Master. 

What else do we learn? 

Jesus showed no discrimination whatsoever in his choices; instead, he let the Holy Spirit guide him about who to call. 

Jesus can call anyone at any time.

Matthew, for example, was a tax collector, and yet Jesus called him. This shows us how Jesus can call anyone at any time. But the question is, will you answer him whenever he calls you?

The most important lesson from the process of Jesus’ selection of his disciples is that he is interested in everyone. 

Jesus is still calling us now. Anyone who answers his call is another disciple added to the list. 

Jesus is calling you!

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JESUS THE MYSTERY MAN – Episode 4

A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.

JESUS FACES TEMPTATION

In the previous post, we discussed Jesus’s preparation for his ministry (or purpose – as he called it) and how he went to meet John to baptize him. In this episode, we are going to discuss another major event of Jesus’s life as portrayed in the third chapter of the book “Who Was Jesus, Really? – Book One.” It is about his temptation. So how did it happen?

temptation

Immediately, Jesus left John at River Jordan, the Holy Spirit that had descended on him in the form of a dove lead him into the wilderness where he was expected to fast and pray to prepare for his journey.

A purpose as big as his would require him to acquire more spiritual power; so there he was in the jungle for forty days and forty nights without food or water (that is, he went on forty days dry fasting).

Imagine living an entire day without food. Hard right? Well, Jesus did it for a good forty days! As anyone would predict, Jesus became extremely tired and hungry after those long forty days. The devil decided to tempt him based on his present condition.

The book one of “Who was Jesus Really?” Described the three temptations that Satan gave Jesus and how He (Jesus) was able to overcome Satan’s tricks through the word of God.

The Temptation

The devil took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the glory of the Earth. He said he was willing to give it all to Jesus if only Jesus would worship him. Can you see how smart the devil thinks he is?

Jesus quickly rebuked him and said,

“Get thee behind me, Satan! It is written, thou shall worship the lord your God, and him alone shall you serve.”

The devil still didn’t give up. He took Jesus to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle—a very high place—and told Jesus to jump. If he was really the son of God, the angels would not let him fall, but Jesus answered,

“Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God!”

The devil knew he had lost and decided to leave Jesus alone for a while. Then the angels came and gave Jesus food and water. Phew!

Satan’s Intention

The devil tried Jesus’s hunger and thirst and his newly acquired power against him, but Jesus was spiritually smart.

He knew the commandment of God better than Satan. He also knew better than to allow any ego to take over.

Of course, there are many lessons to be taken from this short tale, the majority of which has already been identified in Chapter four of the book.

Perhaps the most important of them all is to understand the word of God as written in the Bible.

An inadequate understanding of the word of God can lead to devastating failure.

Lesson To Learn

If anyone wants to overcome every obstacle and live victoriously in this world of ours, it is necessary to keep God’s word at heart.

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JESUS THE MYSTERY MAN – Episode 3

A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.

In our previous post, we discussed how Jesus – the wonder child – was found missing by his parent, but was later located in the temple asking the adults some thought-provocating questions about the kingdom of God. Read in this episode about the amazing water baptism of Jesus!

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Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, has discovered the purpose of God for his life and had begun to preach the message of repentance to the Jews, and the coming of Messiah, who he claimed, was mightier than him and would save the people of Israel.

Even though John’s message was limited in that it seems God was only interested to save the Jews, but the message wasn’t entirely wrong. The Jews were part of the project, but God’s bigger picture was to save the whole world through Jesus.

John asked people to come for water baptism to show they were willing to accept a new life in God.

John baptized people in the River Jordan. He wanted them to believe their previous sins were forgiven if they would be immersed in the water.

Meanwhile, Jesus Christ, who had never sinned since birth also came to John for water baptism. Very surprising to John!

John the Baptist was overwhelmed by Jesus’ request to baptize him. He protested because he knew Jesus was the promised Messiah that he had been preaching about. But Jesus, being humble as he was, insisted on following through with the baptism.

John had no choice; he had to do what Jesus wanted. But something amazing happened immediately after that!

John and Jesus

What happened when John immersed Jesus in the water?

The Holy Spirit came down on Jesus in the form of a dove as soon as John immersed him in the water. Also, there was a loud voice from heaven, stating, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Can there be any better approval than what Jesus received at the sight of John, his disciples, and others present? Indeed this is the highest form of approval that any man can receive from God!

Jesus has been certified to be the true Messiah who will save the world. This news is not just for the Jews only – but for everyone! Now, people can be saved from their sins. Hallelujah!

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JESUS THE MYSTERY BABY – Episode-2

A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.

In our previous post, we discussed the miraculous birth of Jesus – a mystery baby whose birth was prophesied years before he came, and of how he was born of the virgin mother Mary but brought up by his foster father, Joseph. But we are yet to learn of his unique and exemplary life.

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When Jesus was born, he developed a very special love for the things of God even more than his parents, and this was demonstrated during the annual Passover festival of the Jews. Joseph and Mary, like other Israelites took Jesus to the temple at Jerusalem to celebrate and worship God. They listened for days to the priests about the laws of God and his plan for his people. After the Passover, Jesus’ parents began their journey back to their homes and had spent about three days on transit before they discovered Jesus was missing (traveling between cities in those days took days).

Imagine! Now they had to make a U-turn back to Jerusalem. They were worried and began searching the entire city for Jesus, but they didn’t have to comb for long until they found him in the temple. But what was the young 12-year old Jesus doing in the temple?

When they entered the temple, they were surprised to see a crowd had gathered around the wonder child – Jesus. There he was, asking intelligent and insightful questions about the ways of God from the temple leaders.

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People around learned from Jesus’ questions and were astonished as to how such a young boy could know so much about God.

His parents, even though, proud of their son accosted him for having made them worry. What he said was more astonishing. “Don’t you know I would go about my father’s business,” Baby – Jesus said.

He was letting them know that his life would soon take a turn that they might not enjoy. He would dedicate his entire life for the things of God. He had a prophecy to fulfill.

The bible recorded that his father was marveled at those words, and his mother took it to heart. They knew it was a fulfillment of an angel’s prophesy, and what the scriptures have said about the Messiah. So what else did Jesus do, and how did he fulfill the many prophecies about him? Join us in the next post as we reveal it.

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JESUS THE MYSTERY BABY – Episode-1

A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.

Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God has all good attributes to his honor. Not only was his birth miraculous, but his life itself is also an inspiration and a wonder. As many know it from the Bible, a virgin girl who once lived in Nazareth was known to be a very good woman who loved God.

She was planning to get married with Joseph – her fiancé – when an angel of God appeared to her to tell her about how she would get pregnant without a man. Imagine how possible!

Gabriel visited Mary

Mary who was a woman of faith believed God could do anything he promised, and so she agreed with the angel and expected the miracle baby.

Unfortunately, having a baby without being married would be difficult for Mary and her reputation in the society especially since many people knew her as a virgin.

Mary had more things to worry about. Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, who has been planning for their wedding heard the news of her pregnancy and was disappointed.

Joseph, being a good man, secretly planned to breakup with Mary so that the public would not know about it.

God saved Mary’s relationship with Joseph! God’s angel (Gabriel) visited Joseph and told him what actually happened.

He told Joseph that Mary was honest and she was carrying a miracle child. God also told Joseph not to view the baby as illegitimate but care for both the boy and his mother.

Joseph believed the word of God that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. He didn’t cancel the wedding but made it happen as planned.

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What this shows about these two parents of Jesus is their virtue and faith in God. Despite what they think is usual or acceptable, they chose to be a vessel for God’s working, even if it means public shame to both of them.

Giving birth to the baby early would imply to the society that Joseph and Mary had been immoral before their legal wedding, but they didn’t care.

Luckily, the baby did come and was one of the brightest child in the world. I am yet to tell you about how his conception was prophesied earlier by the prophet that lived before him.

This series will continue, and in the next episode, you will learn more about the mystery baby called Jesus Christ.

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