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1. The King of Heaven
John 1–When most folks think of Jesus Christ, their thoughts begin at His birth, carry through His life and death, and continue to the present day. But Jesus existed in “the form of God” in eternity past. He ruled the vast regions of Heaven when Lucifer led his revolt. To understand the price He paid, one must begin with what He left.
2. About My Father’s Business
Luke 2–The men gathered about Him were the world’s leading Bible scholars, some of whom had spent upwards of 50 years zealously studying Scripture. And yet, sitting before them was a thoroughly innocent adolescent boy, asking questions and posing thoughts that exposed how misguided had been their interpretations of Scripture, how corrupt their religious system had become. This boy was like no other. He had a mission to fulfill, but it must wait until He received word from His Father.
3. The Inauguration
His baptism would prove to be the last act of His private life. No sooner did He emerge from the water than His first assignment was given: go into the wild wasteland with no sustenance. Jesus obeyed immediately and implicitly. After 40 days of facing powerful, and perhaps unknown to Him, demonically inspired doubts as to His mission, none other than Satan himself appeared to offer Him a way out of the torturous path His Father had prepared for Him.
4. Blasphemous Claims or Eternal Insights
The two could hardly be more different. A proud Pharisee; accustomed to praying on street corners, taking the chief seats and despising those he was called to serve. And a Samaritan woman with a wretched past. Jesus would make astounding claims about Himself to these two people, but would they believe Him?
5. Christ Unveiled
Jesus was reared in a small village in Galilee. It would be here, amongst the townsfolk He had known since childhood, He would present Himself as the long-awaited Messiah. In spite of knowing Him all His life, their response was murderous rage. Not long after this painful incident, Jesus worked a miracle that changed Peter, James and John forever.