Overview of the Seven Greatest Days of Christ's Ministry

 

Seven Days from the life of Christ

 

Jesus lived the perfect life. Amazingly with such a full and demanding life, our Lord made it a habit to retreat to quiet places. There alone Christ expressed His absence of self-sufficiency by PRAYER. Look at Mark 1 to examine a couple of days in His life. Mark 1:21 starts one of the fullest days of His life. He had just returned Luke 4 tells us from the attempt on His life by the mob at Nazareth. Now He heals and teaches all day . . . note the next morning v. 35. No well deserved sleep in. No, His spiritual life reigned! What a monitor of our spiritual condition prayer is. Without prayer we run on our own course, in our own strength and for our own glory. Through prayer we run on God's course, in the Sprit’s power and for the glory of Christ! What is your prayer habits revealing about self-sufficiency in your life?

 

If you read closely the New Testament record you find a reference to specific days in the ministry of Jesus. By comparing the four gospel accounts we find there are 52 “days” chronicled in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will study just seven of them tonight. The first one was one of the most celebrated. We call it Christmas. On that night God sent a celestial sound and light show to herald the birth of the King of the Universe into human affairs. The Eternal One became an infant, and was born in a stable! The last day is His ascension to heaven. The Life of Christ may be divided into seven key days’ events which together frame the entire earthly life of Christ!

 

A summary

 

I.                  His Birth

A.                This Introduction of the King of the Universe to only the Humble, shows the only way to His Presence

B.                The childhood of Christ was a sinless childhood, boyhood, youth and manhood. Those days were invested as an example to all humans of humility, hard work, obscurity, submissiveness, contentedness, prayerfulness and Scripture mastery. He endured the scorn of singleness as all were normally wed by 18

II.              His Baptism. In Matthew 3 we find the second key day of the Life of Christ.

A.                Jesus was identifying with us the fallen human race Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like [His] brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (NKJV)

B.                John was introducing the Promised Savior. John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (NKJV)

C.                God was approving of the Prepared Christ. Psalm 2:7 "I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You [are] My Son, Today I have begotten You. (NKJV)

D.               The Spirit of God was empowering the work of redemption. Hebrews 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (NKJV)

III.           His Temptation

A.                The Arena was the Wilderness (Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4) How unlike the 1st Adam is this last Adam. “The Devil challenged the first man. The Last Man challenged the Devil. The Devil ruined the first Adam. The Last Adam spoiled the Devil. The First Adam involved the Race in his defeat. The Last Adam included the Race in His victory. The First Adam stood as the head of the race and falling, dragged the race down with him. The Last Adam stood as the Head of the new race, and being victorious, lifted that race with Him.

B.                The Adversary was Satan.

C.                The Account is Christ’s personal and private eyewitness Account.

D.               The attack was temptation to sin.

E.                The Answer of Christ

F.                 This was the Battle of the King, and in it the Word is the only means of Victory.

IV.            His Transfiguration

A.                Sharing the Exodus.

1.                MOSES: Led the people of God from Egypt.

2.                ELIJAH: Led the people of God from Idolatry.

3.                JESUS: Led the people of God to Heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:16a For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. (NKJV)

B.                Showing the King. The Son is the only key to Worship.

C.                A Strengthening for the Horrors of His Cross. Luke 9:31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (NKJV)

V.                His Crucifixion

A.                The Work of the King at the Cross is the only door to Heaven.

B.                The Seven words from the Cross

C.                The Crowds at the foot of the Cross mirror the people of all time.

VI.            His Resurrection.

A.                The Triumph of the King because the Empty Tomb is the only key to Hope/Confidence.

B.                Conclusion: Why? Jesus Christ our Lord, declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.

1.                John 20:11-18 He came to save the: The Defiled like Mary He gives purity when they come to Him.

2.                John 20:19-23 He came to rescue the depressed like the disciples who were in hiding.

3.                John 20:24-31 He came to save the: The Doubters like Thomas and He patiently gives them Faith when they doubt?

4.                John 21:1-14 He came to restore the Deserters like James and John He gives them Humility when they ask Him.

5.                John 21:15-25 He came to save the Deniers like fearful Peter and gives them forgiveness when they fail Him!

C.                Evidences:

1.                Four eyewitness accounts in the Gospels. They all agree!

2.                The Tomb is empty. Then and to this day no body ever found!

3.                The abandoned Grave clothes.

4.                The witnesses who saw Him alive.

5.                Transformed lives of disciples.

6.                The New day of Worship for Christians.

VII.         His Ascension. The last day was the day He went home. How the hosts of heaven had waited. He whose glory fills the heavens now was coming home in triumph.

A.                The Exaltation of the King

B.                His entrance into Glory

 

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