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The Jesus Book
By Stephen Elkins, Claudine Gevry
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2009 Stephen Elkins
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WHO JESUS IS
The prophets said Jesus was The Promised One. Isaiah 9:6
The prophets were messengers for God. They told about things that would happen in the future. Isaiah was one of the greatest prophets. He lived 800 years before Jesus was born. But listen to the words Isaiah wrote about Jesus: "A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us.... His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Loves Forever, Prince of Peace."
Through Isaiah, God gave us the wonderful promise of Jesus. But Isaiah wasn't the only prophet who spoke about Jesus. Micah told where he would be born; Zechariah said his side would be pierced; David said he would be crucified.
And they all said that some day the Promised One would come!
The angel said Jesus was The Son of God. Luke 1:26–38
More than 300 prophecies had been written about the Messiah who would come. Jesus was coming soon! And God's very special plan would include a young Jewish girl named Mary. God sent the angel Gabriel to visit Mary.
Seeing an angel might frighten anyone! So Gabriel said, "Don't be afraid, Mary, because God is pleased with you. Listen! ... You will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.... He will be called the Son of God." Mary trusted God and she said, "Let this happen to me as you say!" Then the angel went away as quickly as he had appeared.
The wise men said Jesus was The King of the Jews. Matthew 2:1–12
After the birth of Jesus, magi, or wise men from the east, made their way to Jerusalem to find the King of kings. God sent a bright star to lead them to Jesus. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they asked, "Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews? ... We came to worship him."
Upon seeing Jesus, they knelt down and worshiped him. And they offered him these gifts: gold, which was a fitting gift for a king; frankincense, which was a healing medicine; and myrrh, which was a perfume used in burials.
Such perfect gifts for the king who would heal his people and then one day die on a cross to save them.
Peter said Jesus was The Christ. Mark 8:27–29
Who is Jesus? The people who saw Jesus do miracles on earth asked this question, and people today still ask it. One day, Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say I am?"
They answered, "Some people say you are John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah. And others say that you are one of the prophets."
But Jesus was much more than a man. He had come from heaven. So Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "You are the Christ." Peter believed that Jesus was more than a man. He was the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God, sent from heaven.
Peter understood who Jesus was and where Jesus had come from!
John the Baptist said Jesus was The Lamb of God. John 1:28–31; Matthew 3:1–6
He wore clothes made of camel hair. He ate locusts and wild honey and lived in the desert. He was John the Baptist. And it was John's job to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus.
One day, as John stood baptizing sinners in the Jordan River, he saw Jesus walking down the hillside toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!" John called Jesus the Lamb of God because—like the lambs that were sacrificed in the Old Testament times—Jesus would be offered as a sacrifice to save his people.
The Samaritans said Jesus was The Savior of the world. John 4:1–42
In the days of Jesus, Jews and Samaritans lived in the same region but were divided from each other. They did not associate with one another. A Jewish person would not even talk to a Samaritan ... but Jesus did.
One day Jesus, a Jew, met a Samaritan woman at a well. Jesus said to her, "Please give me a drink."
The woman was surprised because Jesus spoke to her with kindness. As they began to talk, Jesus told the Samaritan woman many things about herself. The woman said, "I know that the Messiah is coming."
Then Jesus said, "He is talking to you now. I am he."
The Samaritan woman believed. She brought her friends to Jesus, and they believed too, saying, "This man really is the Savior of the world."
Excerpted from The Jesus Book by Stephen Elkins, Claudine Gevry. Copyright © 2009 Stephen Elkins. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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