The life of Jesus

An angel came to Galilee and went to Mary around 2-3 AD and said to her:

“Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace.  Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor.  He will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.

This was the beginning of the story of Jesus. Mary and her husband Joseph went to Bethlehem because of a census where every one had to go to their homeland to be counted. And there, in a stable, she gave birth to the baby Jesus. The baby was presented to the temple eight days later. There were shepherds that came because of an angel that told them where their king was born, and also three wise men that came from the east to see the baby because a great star that told them where to find this new baby king.

They told Herod on the way to Bethlehem that there was a new king assuming it was a relation of Herod, but Herod had no new relatives that would be king so he said to them: Bring me news of where this king is that I may also see and worship him. So they go to Bethlehem and gave gifts of myrrh, frankincense, and gold. But on the way back, an angel told them not to go too Herod, so they went home a different way.

Mary and Joseph were told to flee to Egypt because Herod was searching for them. They did and Herod declared that every boy under the age of two had to be killed. They escaped. After all the danger had passed Jesus and his parents returned to Nazareth. As Jesus grew older it is said that he grew in wisdom and stature. He had four brothers named James, Joses, Judas, and Simon. He also worked under his father as a carpenter. And at age thirty he started to pr each and was baptized by John the Baptist who spent his life announcing the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus then called twelve men to follow him. Most of them were fishermen and jews with low social status.

There was:

  1. Simon Peter
  2. Andrew
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Philip
  6. Bartholomew
  7. Matthew
  8. Thomas
  9. Simon
  10. Judas Iscariot
  11. James
  12. Judas

He did many miracles and preaching all around the Mediterranean, including the feeding of five-thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and fish. He raised people from the dead healed many diseased and possessed people.

What we know as Palm Sunday was when Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey. All the people shouted “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the lord”. But later they would be chanting for his death because he didn’t come to save them from the Romans but from their sins. He had the Last supper and announced the new covenant, and that he was to be betrayed by one of his own disciples. He was crucified a few days later on Good Friday. When he died the curtain in the temple teared from top to bottom and graves were broken open and people that were once dead came to the city. He rose again on Easter three days later and preached to hundreds of people in the next seventy days before he ascended into heaven.

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