Jesus Lives - Introduction
When I became pregnant with my first daughter, I reassessed the entire meaning of life. I was a Christian, but my culture and the media had subverted my faith in Jesus as the Son of God. I wanted to be able to answer my child’s hard questions about faith. I knew that I must be bed rocked in my faith. I had to know the truth about who Jesus was or else she would see holes and a lack of authenticity. I started searching for some answers about Jesus.
Praise God that I found much more than security in my answer to the truth regarding eternal life. I found life itself. The 10-week Bible study Jesus Lives is what God has revealed to me in my search of who Jesus is. Jesus Lives teaches the truth that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. No other person has impacted mankind like Jesus. Hospitals, churches, colleges, and even the year we live in have been impacted by Him. Many Christians do not understand the Bible and the fullness of who He is. Therefore, they don't know who they are. My prayer is for you to have a faith that cannot be shaken. It is also my prayer that if you do not know Jesus then you will use this Bible study tool as a way to settle the matter, investigate Jesus’ life for yourself, and make a decision.
Week One of Jesus Lives starts with John 1:1, because Jesus was in the beginning: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3
His life didn’t begin in the New Testament with His birth. He was there in the beginning. He was the Creator of all things and without Him nothing was made that has been made.
The next four weeks are snapshots of the Gospels while maintaining the timeline of Jesus’ life. They show the different ways that Jesus reached the hearts of mankind.
Week 2 focuses on Jesus’ relationships in the Gospel of John
Week 3 focuses on Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel of Matthew
Week 4 focuses on Jesus’ miracles in the Gospel of Mark
Week 5 focuses on Jesus’ parables and His treatment of women in the Gospel of Luke.
The second half of the Bible study intensifies as Jesus’ ministry intensifies.
Week 6 teaches about Jesus pulling in the disciples closer and getting into deeper discipleship
Week 7 teaches about Jesus’ last week
Week 8 teaches about Jesus’ last night
Week 9 teaches about the trials, His death and resurrection
Week 10 teaches about what He is doing now and what He will do.
God told me to include week 10 because Jesus’ story does not end at His ascension. He is still changing lives today. He is seated at the right hand of God. He is coming again.
I have read dozens of books and commentaries in my research. I have also used Spiro Zodhiates Greek and Hebrew dictionaries, as well as Strong’s Concordance. You may want to use the same version of the Bible that I used which is the NIV translation for filling in the blanks.
You will have a blast with God in your homework. His Word never returns void. His Word accomplishes His purposes. The Holy Spirit has bonded you and me together as friends. I have grown to have a deep affection for you and have prayed fervently for you and this journey through God’s Word that we are starting. I am humbled and blessed to serve you. Serving you is one of the greatest joys that God has ever given me. Thank you for being willing to trust God that He can use this very imperfect vessel to lead you through His Word. I pray that God will open the eyes of your heart and that you will be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Holy Spirit, be the Teacher. May strongholds be broken. May you have a correct estimation of who God is. May your weaknesses be turned to strengths. May you reach out to others and show them the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge. May you bring glory to God and show that He is worthy.