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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!

There is more to come!

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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.

Who Was Jesus

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.

Who Was Jesus

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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