Approximately 2,250 years after God dispersed the people from the tower of Babel, we begin to see the prophecies of God’s son, the Redeemer, come to life. Much of Jesus’ life is recounted in the Bible across four books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
We see Jesus’ earthly life begin in Matthew 1:18, which tells us that “
she [Mary] was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18), meaning that Jesus was conceived in a divine way. An angel appeared to Joseph (Mary’s fiancé) and told him that the baby was indeed conceived by the Holy Spirit and that the baby’s name would be Jesus. This is significant because it fulfilled a promise that was spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14).
When Mary gave birth to Jesus in Bethlehem, the angels declared to shepherds that this new baby is “
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). When the shepherds saw the newborn baby Jesus, their response was to give praise to God for what they had heard and then seen. There was no doubt that what they heard was true and that this baby was the Savior!
Jesus began his public ministry at the age of 30 when he was baptized by John the Baptist (Luke 3:21–23). Throughout his ministry, he lived out the purposes that God had given to him, which included proclaiming good news to the poor, providing liberty to the captives, recovering sight to the blind, setting the oppressed to liberty, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18). Jesus did all these things and more in incredible ways throughout his life on earth! He healed a paralyzed man (Matthew 9:2–3; Mark 2:3–4; Luke 5:18–20) and forgave people of their sin (Mark 2:10). Jesus also told us what the two greatest commandments that we could follow are: (1) “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37); and (2) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
Jesus really did all of this during his lifetime and lived his whole life without sinning in any way. There is only one possible conclusion about who Jesus is: he is the Son of God; God in human form!