Messiah Visitation Part 3

Transcript from show #292. 

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Opening Narrative

So, I continue on this new series covering the historical events that were going on in the time leading up to and during the Messiah's Visitation to this earth.

In the last program we looked at the timing between 300 B.C. and 300 A.D., as a quick overview of the political activities taking place, and the 400 years between the Old and the New Testaments..

In this program, I will also add to that period of political overview, some of the philosophies that existed which our Lord would have heard about and dealt with as the people around him would have talked about or even followed.

First, let's listen to the opening music, prayer and worship time...

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Let us pray...
The Lord's Prayer...
Praise God Doxology...
Worship Music...

Narrative #1

As I mentioned before, I've always been interested in history and the more that I read up on it the more it proves to be totally fine-tuned with His divine design and intentions.

So, as I said in the opening, in this program, we will look at some of the philosophies that existed which our Lord would have heard about and dealt with in hearing or conversation with the people around him

Remember when Mary and Joseph “lost” Jesus at one of the yearly feast of the passover celebration in Jerusalem? Jesus was 12-year old at that time and they found him sitting with the priests and teachers...

let's read that passage of scripture right now:

Luke, chapter 2, vs 41-47:

41.”Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42.And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43.And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44.But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45.And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46.And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47.And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.”

Now prior to that time when Jesus was 12 years old, the Bible tells us about Him as a child:

Verse 40 says, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”

So He was a very exceptional individual even as a child, very knowledgeable. I'm sure He had a lot of interest also in not only scripture and Jewish teachings but philosophical as well.

How do we know this? Because of the rest of what we read during His 30 year old life when He was going up and down the land of Israel, meeting and talking with people who were Jews and Gentiles of many nationalities...

Remember Paul, later on, some 40 years later, when he was in Athens he dealt with the people there who were totally engulfed with philosophies and strange deities,

We read about this in the book of Acts, in chapter 17, vs. 16-18:

16.”Now while Paul waited for them (Silas and Timothy) at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

17.Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.

18.Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? Others said, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.”

So there was a lot of this kind of knowledge and discussions taking place in the time of our Lord's coming to this earth.

So let's take a quick look at some of the philosophies that were already know at that time...

There was Greek philosophies and mythologies...Socrates and Plato were going on since the 400's B.C., Aristotle in the 300's B.C.,

Buddhism since the 600's B.C., Hinduism 1000 B.C., LaoTzu 600's, Confucius 500's B.C.... and these are just a few... China had been in existence since before 3000 B.C... all that was known to Jesus in His time on earth.

Of course, Him being God before He came in the flesh as a human being, knew even more than what was known on this planet...

but as the physical body that He had to put on, in order to carry out the Redemptive Plan for mankind, He “made Himself of no reputation”...

Let's read that in Philippians, chapter 2, vs 5 to 8:

5.”Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6.Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7.But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8.And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

And of course then scripture goes on to the exaltation bestowed upon Him by God the Father, for what He did at the cross for the redemption of mankind...

Verses 9 to 11 --
9.”Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

It's awesome! What a story! What a plan! What a Saviour!

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Narrative #2

So, continuing on this philosophical journey, yes What a Saviour indeed!

Everything changed after He came with God's Gospel (Good News) of redemption which included, His message, His suffering and death, His resurrection 3 days later, His ascension 40 days later, back to His glory at the right hand of God the Father.

Yes following this sensational visit from God in the flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ, the world saw the birth of Christian Europe.

In time within the Roman Empire of that period, there developed several branches of this Christianity, one well known was Roman Catholicism, which produced certain “for and against” Emperors, and later teachers such as Augustine in the 300-400 A.D., John DuScot in the 800's A.D., Thomas Aquinas in the 1200's and so forth... which is now beyond this current study of philosophers of the time of Jesus. And of course we can look at the later list of great fathers of Christendom in another radio program.

But right now, staying within the visitation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His visit to earth, He did not leave us without giving us “the Comforter” who would walk alongside each one of His followers from that point on – even to today, and the end of the world!...

....for He sent the Holy Spirit... His Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit of God – to us down here to carry on the work that He had done...

and we read about that in the book of John... let's get back to the book of John, chapter 14 and we will now read from verse 15:

15.”If ye love me”, He said before He was to leave, “keep my commandments.”

16.And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17.Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18.I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19.Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20.At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

21.He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (John 14, verses 15 to 21).

And just before that in the same chapter from verse 1 to 14, Jesus pointed the way to the Father:

1.”Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2.In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

4.And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

5.Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

6.Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7.If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

8.Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9.Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10.Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Wow this is pretty amazing...

11.Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

12.Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13.And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14.If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

And v. 15... “If ye love me, keep my commandments”...
which we read earlier... let's read it again through to verse 21...

16.And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17.Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Verse 18. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19.Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20.At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

21.He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (John 14, verses 15 to 21).

Wow... so Christ and the Father, and the Holy Spirit and us... we are all rolled into ONE... This is who we are in Christ....

Now think of all this that Jesus says in a time when all these philosophies and idolatries were going around.... this is the time when God sent His Son whom they called Jesus...

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Narrative #3

And going along all of the scriptures that we just read before the song, the next 3 chapters are all reinforcements to who Christ is in us and we in Him...

In chapters 15 and 16, it's about the vine and the branches, expectant prayer, the hatred of the world, persecution, His leaving and the coming of the Holy Spirit and His work in us, how sorrow will turn into joy, and overcoming the world – all amazing passages to be read...

but I want to go to the next one, chapter 17... which I'm sure most of you are familiar with, where Jesus prays for His own...

And we will read it with the way that it is organized in thought as Jesus prays it to the Father...

First: verses 1-5: Jesus prays for/about Himself.

Second: verses 6 to 19: Jesus prays for His disciples.

Third: verses 20 to 26: Jesus prays for His church.

And all of this took place just prior to his betrayal and arrest... so close that the very next verse in the next chapter, scripture says, “When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden into the which he entered, and his disciples...

and this is when all the betrayal, arrest, trials, death sentence and crucifixion took place...

But of course it didn't end there... 3 days later He arose triumphantly... and we'll pick up from that next time.... but for now let's read chapter 17...

1-5, Jesus prays for/about Himself:

1.These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2.As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3.And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4.I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

5.And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

6-19, Jesus prays for His disciples:

6.I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

7.Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

8.For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

9.I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10.And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11.And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12.While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13.And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14.I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15.I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16.They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17.Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18.As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19.And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth

20-26, Jesus prays for His church:

20.Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21.That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22.And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23.I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24.Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25.O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26.And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them

And the very next verse (chapter 18:1) says:

“When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.”

and that's when the betrayal, arrest, denial, trials, etc... took place.

Again we have to see this juxtoposed against the politics and philosophies of that very time, that very moment in history when Jesus came to earth....

Amazing... truly Amazing...

Narrative #4

And so leading up to this we read about Jesus' life from the beginning of his ministry, travelling across Israel from Galilee to Juda, to Perea, right up to his final week at Jerusalem, from the triumphant entry to his betrayal, the last supper, the grief of Gethsemany, the arrest and desertion, his trial, Jesus before Pilate and Herod, the mockery of the Roman soldiers, his leading to Golgotha via Dolorosa... then the events of his last 6 hours, then 3 hours on the cross, his burial...

And then we read the events of his resurrection right through to the ascension....his appearance to the disciples, the 500 and then the command of the Great Commission in Matthew, Mark and Luke.

We read in Matthew 28, verse 16 to 20:

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [c]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

So this is a quick overview of the life of Jesus from about 6 BC to about between 27 to 33 A.D. (depending on the exact year of his birth), during the time of this phase of the Roman Empire that began around 63 B.C. when Pompey conquered the people of Phonecia, Coele-Syria, and Judea for the Roman Republic, and Roman annexation of the Seleucid Empire and of Judea as a client kingdom.(Wikipedia).

Jesus was born in about 6 B.C. because we know that Herod the Great died in 4 B.C. which we have to assume that it was very shortly after he decreed the death of the boy children up to two years of age.

After that in the Bible, we have the records of the letters from the apostles of how we should live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ and then the book of Revelation which tells us about the events of the very end times and the second coming of our Lord.

For a good study of the life of our Lord within the Four Gospels written and delivered by the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I highly recommend my book “The Horizontal Chronology of the Four Gospels” which you can find on my web site

Please note that this is not to be taken as a study of the Roman Empire. There are actually various time-lines pertaining to this great Empire spanning according to historians some 1,000 years, depending on the stages of the developments.

According to one google search, “famously Rome began in 753 BCE, and 1,229 years later, the last Roman emperor in the Italian peninsula was deposed and the empire came to an end (at least the western half of it, as the eastern half persisted in various forms until 1453).”

The purpose for the time of the Roman Empire here is to give a overall view of where in history our Lord's visit to this earth took place and what was going on historically speaking immediately around His visitation.

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Closing Narrative…

And again, we ran out of time.

Before I dismiss the service today, I want to read to you the Blessing that was read to the people of God in Numbers 6:24-26 which is the benediction from God to you today:

“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."

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