The Life of Jesus Christ, OVERVIEW #6
Jesus was sent to confirm everything that had been written about God, as well
as what the prophets had said. And not only would He confirm those things, He
would fulfill all the rest of the messianic prophecies that people were
wondering about (Matthew 5:17-18).
The birth of Jesus is described in the Gospel of John as something
extraordinarily strange and special: “The Word [of God]
became human and lived here on earth among us” (John 1:14).
Jesus wouldn’t just say all the right things;
He could actually show us what God is like. Jesus spent about 33 years on
earth, but he was involved in public ministry for only three of them. He
worked primarily among a dozen disciples to teach them and prepare them to
carry on after He was gone.
He got a lot of attention for His public miracles and healings
and began to draw a crowd wherever He went. He also began to attract the
attention and derision of the religious leaders of His time, who were
threatened by the acclaim He received from the masses of people.
He eventually was convicted by a Roman court (fueled by accusations and
misinformation from His opponents) and was crucified. The religious leaders
knew Jesus had foretold His own resurrection, and they took every precaution
to prevent it.
The Gospels record their failure, because the resurrected Jesus was seen on
no less than ten separate occasions before His final appearance when He
ascended into heaven before the eyes of His disciples. (These events are
documented in the No-Brainer’s Guide to Jesus, so we won’t go into further
But among Jesus’ final teachings was a promise that even though He would soon
be returning to His Father, He would not leave His followers alone and
helpless. He assured them of the coming of “another
Counselor” (John 14:16).
JESUS CALLS US
Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) was always a poet.
She began writing poems at the age of nine. When Cecil was thirty-two, she
married William Alexander, a parish minister in an impoverished rural area of
northern Ireland. She loved the people.
“From one house to another, from one bed of sickness to another, from one
sorrow to another she went,” wrote one historian. Another said, “Day
after day she rode over the wet moorlands in all weathers, carrying food,
warm clothing, medical supplies to the impoverished and sick.” She
especially loved children, and most of her hymns were written for them.
Two that are well known are “All Things Bright and
Beautiful” (May 5) and “Once in Royal David’s
City” (December 12). “Jesus Calls Us”
was one of the few hymns she wrote for adults, and it illustrates her ability
to apply Scripture forcefully and devotionally. She wrote the hymn at her
husband’s request, to accompany a sermon he was preaching about the calling
of Andrew by Jesus on the shores of Galilee.
Hymn Jesus Calls Us!
Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, “Christian, follow Me.”
Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love Me more.”
In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love Me more than these.”
Jesus calls us: by Thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.
There are so many people in this world, who Loved Jesus
Christ, and for some to say, they do not believe in Him and that He never
lived on this earth, it is so sad. Cecil loved Jesus and you can tell she did
by her Hymn!