The Jesus Course − Lesson 1.1

An intro by Brother Jacob

The purpose of the Jesus Course is to give you an experience of who Jesus is. I was introduced to stories of Jesus and praying etc. when I grew up. However, I didn’t really have an experience of Jesus and honestly, Jesus didn’t seem relevant for my everyday life.

Later I studied the Bible more for myself because I believed it was important and true. I started to realize during this period that I almost didn’t pray and had no personal relation with Jesus. I asked a friend to help me. He questioned me about it and gave me a passage from the Bible which really touched my heart. It seemed to be that I was not living righteous and therefore I was afraid of God. Besides, I also didn’t really believe that God would answer my prayer. But the passage from the Bible (it was Luke 18) made clear to me that God will answer prayer and do it quickly. I never taught of God so relevant and real.

In the end it took me about half a year to surrender to God. After I surrendered, I got to know God personally through Jesus in many ways. I finally had the feeling that my life was complete, because it was not without purpose. I learned a lot about myself, God and how to live for God. This is something I didn’t see a lot around me and I still do not see it. Therefore I made this course to introduce you to who God is by looking at Jesus and you can decide for yourself who he is to you. Even if you are familiar with the Bible and Christianity, the best start will be to have a good look at all the things Jesus said and did.

Lesson 1.1: The Life of Jesus − Part 1/3

From historical perspective it can be said without any doubt that Jesus lived in the beginning of the first century. According to the Bible he was born in Bethlehem, Israel. He grew up in Nazareth, a town in the northern part of Israel called Galilee. Before he became famous, he is baptized. John the Baptist, Jesus’ relative, was baptizing at that time and a lot of people came to him. Read a part of the record of this happening below:

“I – John the Baptist – baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. ~ Matthew 3,11-4,1 ~

This is an interesting introduction of who Jesus is. Let’s have a closer look with some questions.

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1) John is baptizing and a large crowd gathers to him, what does he say? (*)

 
 
 

2) When Jesus is baptized and comes out of the water, what happens? (*)

 
 
 

3) When Jesus comes out of the water a voice from heaven says, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” What do you think about this? (*)