The Preparation for His Ministry

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Introduction.

1. Events before His birth.

A. 1st prophesy - Genesis 3:15

B. Bless all nations - Genesis 12:1-3

C. Virgin will be with child - Isaiah 7:14

D. Gabriel tells Mary - Luke 1:26-27

E. Trip to Bethlehem - Luke 2:1-7

2. Events after His birth.

A. Angels appear to shepherds - Luke 2:10-11

B. Shepherds visit Jesus - Luke 2:15-20

C. Flight to Egypt - Hosea 11:1 - Matthew 2:1-12

D. Return from Egypt - Matthew 2:19-23

Body.

I. Why was Jesus born?

A. He was born to declare God - John 1:1-18 

1. The Nature of God - John 14:5-7

2. The Will of God - John 12:44-50

B. He was born to save the world. 

1. Angel telling Joseph - Matthew 1:21

2. Jesus' claim - Luke 19:10

3. Paul's statement - I Timothy 1:15

C. He was born to conquer death.

1. Release us from the fear of death - Hebrews 2:14-16

2. The keys of death - Revelation 1:18

D. He was born to set an example.

1. Jesus's claim - John 13:15

2. Peter instruction - I Peter 2:21-22

II. His childhood.

A. 0-12 years old, Luke 2:39-40 is all we know.

B. 12-30 years old.

1. Trip to the temple - Luke 2:41-50

2. Developing like other children - Luke 2:51-52

a. Learned to read - Luke 4:16

b. Learned to write - John 8:6

c. Learned His trade - Mark 6:3

d. Observed His world.

1) Foxes - Matthew 8:20

2) Lilies - Luke 12:27

3) Farmers - Luke 8:4-15

4) Neighbors - Luke 15:1-32

III. The ministry of John the Baptist.

A. John declares his mission - Matthew 3:1-3

B. John baptizes - Matthew 3:4-6

C. John preaches repentance - Matthew 3:7-10

D. John announces Jesus - Matthew 3:11-12

E. John baptizes Jesus - Matthew 3:13-17

F. John explains his ministry - John 1:19-28

G. John introduces Jesus - John 1:29-34

IV. Jesus faces temptations.

A. 1st temptation - Matthew 4:1-4

B. 2nd temptation - Matthew 4:5-7

C. 3rd temptation - Matthew 4:8-11

Conclusion.

1. Fullness of time - Galatians 4:4

2. Life through His name - John 20:30-31

-- Don Treadway, February 2002 --

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