One Gospel with Fulfilled Prophecies: The Life of Jesus Christ Merged and Paraphrased

One Gospel with Fulfilled Prophecies: The Life of Jesus Christ Merged and Paraphrased

by Larry Aldrich

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After three years of work, how did I arrive at this finished book? I wanted to simply merge the story of Jesus into one easy-to-read book rather than the four Gospels and to include Old Testament Messianic prophecies which Jesus fulfilled showing that he was the Messiah.

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ISBN-13: 9781466947023
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
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One Gospel with Fulfilled Prophecies

A Merged and Paraphrased Version of The Life of Jesus Christ
By Larry Aldrich

Trafford Publishing

Copyright © 2012 Larry Aldrich
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4669-3615-7


Chapter One

Christ Was before the Beginning

Eyewitness Reports Are Written Down

Mki:i; Lk 1:1-4; Jn 20:30-31 Jn 21:24-25; Acts 1:1 1 Cor 11:23a

This is the beginning of the one gospel of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God. Many disciples, apostles, and eyewitnesses have set out to document the true events of his ministry. There are many things that Jesus did. In order to record a perfect and reliable account from the beginning, and to declare those things we surely believe, it seemed good to write this merged account so that you may be assured of his instructions to obtain salvation and eternal life.

His disciples saw many other miraculous signs while they were with Jesus which are not written in this book. If every event in his life were written, the world would not be able to hold all the books that could be published.

And we know that this testimony is true because the beloved disciple, John, who was an eye witness of many of these events, along with three others, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, wrote the four Gospels which tell of these events. This combined One Gospel with Fulfilled Prophecies is written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the true Messiah, the Son of God; that by believing in his name, you will have eternal life. Amen.

Jn 1:1-5,10-14,16-18

Even before creation, in the very beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God and in fact, the Word was God. He was present in the beginning with God. Everything that came into being was made through Him, and there was nothing made without Him.

There is life because He is life, and that life is the light for men. That light shines in the darkness and overcomes it, but the darkness did not realize that it could not prevail over the light.

He is continuously in the world which was made through him, but the men of the world did not recognize him. So he came to his own people, the Jews, in this world which he had created, but his own people despised and rejected him.

However, all those who recognize and accept him by believing on his name are given power to become the sons of God. Those who are born of God do so by the love of God, not by man's own blood or works of their flesh.

The Word was made into a living man and lived among us, and we saw his glory. It was the glory of the only son of the Father that was full of unfailing love and all truth. From his free love, we have all received one blessing after another.

No man has seen God at any time. Only the begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who is himself God, has been able to reveal the Father because only he has existed with the Father. The complete law was given through Moses, but only through Jesus Christ did we receive access to God's unfailing love and truth.

Chapter Two

The Miracle of the Pregnancies

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Lk 1:5-25

While Herod was king of Judea, there lived a certain priest named Zacharias who was a member of the priestly order of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was from the priestly line of Aaron.

Zacharias and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes by being careful to obey all the Lord's commandments and ordinances. They did not have any children since Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were now both very old.

When it was time to serve God by working in the Temple, Zacharias was chosen by lot to burn incense inside the Temple according to the custom of the priest's office. While he was inside, a large crowd of people stood outside praying.

Inside an angel of the Lord appeared, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. When Zacharias saw him, he became overwhelmed with fear and began to shake. But the angel said, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, shall give you a son, and you are to name him John. He will cause you to have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice with you at his birth. He will be great in the eyes of the Lord but must never drink wine or alcoholic drinks.

He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. Because of him, many Israelites will be turned to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah, and he will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and he will cause the disobedient to accept the wisdom of the godly."

"How can I be sure this will happen?" Zacharias asked the angel, "I am an old man, and my wife is also well along in years."

"I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God," he answered. "I have been sent to speak directly to you about these glad events. But because you did not immediately believe my words, you shall not be able to speak until the day that these things come to pass. My words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time appointed!"

The people who were waiting outside began to be worried about Zacharias taking so long. When he finally came out, he could not speak but by his gestures and silence, they understood that he had seen a vision while inside the sanctuary.

As soon as his time of service in the Temple ended, he returned home. Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and secluded herself from public for five months.

Afterward she proclaimed, "How gracious and loving is the Lord in these days when he has taken away my disgrace for not having children."

Birth of Jesus Foretold to Mary

Lk 1:26-38

In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.

The angel appeared to her and said, "Greetings! You are highly favored! The Lord is with you, and you are blessed among women!"

When she saw him, Mary was startled by his sayings and wondered what his greeting meant. The angel continued. "Do not be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God. I have news for you.

You shall conceive in your womb and give birth to a son whom you shall name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor King David, and he will reign over Israel forever. His Kingdom will never end!"

Mary asked the angel. "But how can this happen since I am a virgin?"

The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be called the Son of God. Listen to me. Your cousin, Elizabeth, who was known for being barren in her old age, is now six months pregnant with a son. So with God, nothing is Impossible."

Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant! May everything you have proclaimed about me come true." Then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

Lk 1:39-45

A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea to the city where Zacharias and Elizabeth lived. When she entered their home, she greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary's voice, the baby within Elizabeth leaped, and she was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit.

She gave a joyous cry and loudly exclaimed to Mary, "Blessed are you among all women, and blessed is the child in your womb. Why am I so privileged that the mother of my Lord should come visit me? I declare that at the voice of your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped with joy.

Blessed are you for believing what was told you by the angel. Everything proclaimed by the Lord will come true!"

Mary's Song of Magnification

Lk 1:46-56

Mary in turn said,

"My soul magnifies the Lord. And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For he has regarded the low worth of his handmaiden: He has let it be proclaimed that from now on,

All generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty has done to me a great thing;

And holy is his name. His mercy is on those that cherish and honor him

From generation to generation. With his strong arm, He scatters those who are proud

In the imaginations of their hearts. He has thrown out the mighty ones from their lofty seats

Messiah will reign on David's throne forever to be higher than earthly kings

While he has exalted those that are low and humble. He has filled the hungry with good things;

But the rich have been sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel by remembering his mercy

When he spoke to our ancestors,

To Abraham and to his descendants for ever."

After Mary finished her song, she stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned to her own home.

The Birth of John the Baptist

Lk 1:57-66

Shorty after Mary left, Elizabeth gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had answered her prayers, and they came and rejoiced with her.

In accordance with the Jewish law, on the eighth day they came to circumcise and name the baby boy. They began to call him Zacharias after the name of his father. But his mother spoke up and said, "No. His name is John!"

They answered and said, "You do not have any relatives with that name! You must not name him that."

So they appealed with signs to his father and inquired what the child's name is. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John." Everyone fell into stunned silence.

Immediately, the angel's chastisement was lifted so that Zacharias could speak, and he started praising God. Everyone that heard about these strange events wondered what type of man this child would grow up to be having had the presence of the Lord upon him in such a great way from birth. And God's hand was upon him.

Zacharias' Prophecy

Lk 1:67-79

His father was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel. He has come to redeem his people and has brought about the good news of salvation for the descendants of his servant, King David.

His holy prophets have spoken the truths which were established before the world was ever created.

The prophets said we would be saved from our political enemies and those that hate us. We have always known He would fulfill the merciful promises which he made to our fathers and remember the holy covenant, the oath which he swore to our forefather, Abraham. That promise is that He would grant us deliverance from the hand of our spiritual enemies so we would be able to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness in his sight all the days of our life.

And you, my newborn son, shall be known as the prophet of the Highest and will be sent by the Lord to prepare the way by giving the knowledge of salvation to his people, the Israelites, for the forgiveness of their sins. Only by the tender mercy of our God has the Dayspring of light from on high visited us and has given light to all those who sit in darkness and are in the shadow of death to guide our feet to real peace and safety."

Chapter Three

The Birth and Boyhood of the Messiah

The Birth of Jesus Foretold to Joseph

Mt 1:18-24

Now the birth of Jesus Christ occurred like this: When his future mother Mary was engaged to Joseph before they had been intimate and while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. When Joseph became aware of her condition, he was concerned about her reputation and considered breaking off the engagement.

But while he was contemplating what action he should take, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, the baby conceived in Mary is from the Holy Spirit so do not be worried about taking Mary for your wife. She will deliver a son and you shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins." All of this was done in this manner so that the words of the prophet of the Lord would come true, 'Behold, a virgin shall be with child; the virgin shall give birth to a son; they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.'

When Joseph woke up, he did just what the angel of the Lord had instructed.

Joseph and Mary Go to Bethlehem

Mt 1:25a; Lk 2:1-6

Joseph married his espoused wife but did not have sexual relations with her until after she had given birth to her son.

Now during the time of her pregnancy, a tax notice went out to all the Roman Providences from Caesar Augustus. The first notice of this tax was when Cyrenius was Governor of Syria, and it demanded that everyone must return to their city of origin for taxation.

Since Joseph was a direct descendant of King David, he and his wife Mary left the city of Nazareth in Galilee and went to Bethlehem, the city of King David in the jurisdiction of Judea to be taxed. Mary was very large with the child. So while they were there, the time came for Mary to give birth.

Birth Of Jesus Christ

Mt 1:25b; Lk 2:7

But because of the crowds in Bethlehem, there was no room in the inn. So she gave birth, and they called his name Jesus. They wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger.

Angels Bring Tidings of Great Joy

Lk 2:8-14

There were some shepherds tending their flock of sheep out in the field at night in that same area when suddenly the angel of the Lord came upon them with the glory of the Lord shining round them.

They were overcome with fright, but the angel said to them, "Fear not! Listen to me carefully because I bring you good news of great joy to all people. The Savior of mankind has been born today in the city of David for you and all men. He is Christ the Lord. So that you will know which child he is, look for the baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in an animals' feed trough."

Suddenly a great number of angels appeared praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men."

Shepherds Visit

Lk 2:i5-20a

After the angels had gone away back to Heaven, the shepherds decided to go into Bethlehem and find the baby which the Lord had told them about. They immediately left and as they hurried throughout the city searching, they found Mary and Joseph and the newborn baby lying in a manger wrapped in strips of cloths, just as they had been told. When they had seen it, they went everywhere telling about their experience of the angel and the baby. Later, they returned to their flocks of sheep but continued to glorify and praise God for having been told about the Messiah and to have found him and seen the baby with their own eyes.

Everyone who heard of these events was curious about what the shepherds had experienced. But Mary kept all of these events hidden in her heart and continued to think and wonder about them.

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

Lk 2:21-24

After eight days, the time arrived for circumcision of the child, and they called his name Jesus just like the angel had told Mary to do even before he was conceived in her womb.

According to Jewish law written by Moses, after forty days had passed for her purification, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. The law of the Lord is, "Every male baby that is born shall be called holy to the Lord." So being poor, they offered a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons as a sacrificial offering, according to the law of the Lord.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword....................xv
Preface....................xvii
Part I The Pre-eminence of Christ....................1
Chapter 1 - Christ Was before the Beginning....................3
Part II The Nativity and Early Life of Jesus....................5
Chapter 2 – The Miracle of the Pregnancies....................7
Chapter 3 - The Birth and Boyhood of the Messiah....................10
Chapter 4 - The Ancestors of Jesus....................15
Chapter 5 - John the Baptist Introduces Jesus....................18
Chapter 6 - The Ministry of Jesus Begins with Wine....................22
Part III From the First Passover to the Second (First Full Year of Ministry)....................25
Chapter 7 - Jesus at the Passover....................27
Chapter 8 - Jesus' Ministry Is to the Samaritans, the Jews, and to His Relatives....................30
Chapter 9 - Jesus Teaches by Using Parables....................35
Chapter 10 - The Awakening of the Religious Leaders (The First of the Four Messiah Tests)....................37
Part IV From the Second Passover to the Third (Second Full Year of Ministry)....................41
Chapter 11 - Jesus at the Passover Again....................43
Chapter 12 - Jesus' New Doctrine Is the Fulfilled Law....................48
Chapter 13 - The Events Leading Up to the Second Test of the Messiah....................55
Chapter 14 - Jesus Shows Power over Nature, Spirits, and Death....................62
Chapter 15 - Commission to Extend the Good News....................65
Part V From the Third Passover to the Fourth (Third Full Year of Ministry)....................69
Chapter 16 - The New Bread of Life....................71
Chapter 17 - God's Commands Replaced by Man's Traditions....................76
Chapter 18 - Jesus Acknowledges Who He Is, His Death and the Power of His Name....................79
Chapter 19 - New Facts about the Kingdom....................82
Chapter 20 - Jesus Returns to the Temple....................84
Chapter 21 - Jesus Passes the Third Test as the Messiah....................92
Chapter 22 - Jesus Passes the Final Test for Being the Messiah....................95
Chapter 23 - Jesus Teaches about How to Live a Successful Life....................98
Chapter 24 - The Last Journey to Jerusalem....................109
Part VI Fourth Passover and the Holy Week....................115
Chapter 25 - Friday, Six Days before Passover....................117
Chapter 26 - Friday, Six Days before Passover....................117
Chapter 27 - Sunday, Four Days before Passover....................121
Chapter 28 - Monday, Three Days before Passover....................124
Chapter 29 - Tuesday, Two Days before Passover....................134
Chapter 30 - Tuesday Evening just before Passover Begins....................136
Chapter 31 - Jesus' Last Sermon....................139
Part VII Jesus Arrested and Tried....................145
Chapter 32 - The Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Jesus....................147
Chapter 33 - The Ordeal Begins....................148
Chapter 34 - Two Disciples Deny Him with Different Results....................150
Chapter 35 - The Trials Begin....................153
Chapter 36 - The Trial Turns Bad....................155
Chapter 37 - Pilate Politically Cornered into Condemning Jesus....................157
Part VIII The Crucifixion....................161
Chapter 38 - The First Three Hours on the Cross....................163
Chapter 39 - The Last Three Hours on the Cross....................165
Chapter 40 - The Last Three Hours of Passover....................166
Part IX The Resurrection....................169
Chapter 41 - The Resurrection Events....................171
Chapter 42 - "He Is Risen!"....................171
Part X Appearances of Christ after His Resurrection....................175
Chapter 43 - Some Believe ... Some Doubt....................177
Part XI The Ascension....................183
Chapter 44 - Jesus Returns to the Father....................185
Biography....................187
Summary of One Gospel with Fulfilled Prophecies....................187

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