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Jesus’ Life on Earth Prior to His Public Ministry

  • Ashley S. Johnson
  • 2007 8 May
Jesus’ Life on Earth Prior to His Public Ministry

His Ancestry
Jesus, according to the flesh, was the son of David (1 Kings 8:24,25; 1 Kings 11:11-13; Psalms 132:11; Matthew 1:1-17; Acts 2:25-30).

His Birth
Jesus was born of the virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-28).

Early Life
On account of the decree of Herod, Joseph took the young child and his mother and fled into Egypt, where they remained until Archelaus succeeded his father, after which they returned to Nazareth and resided there (Matthew 2:1-23). Nothing is recorded of Him until He was twelve years old, when he was able to confound the doctors of the law by His wisdom (Luke 2:40-51). Joseph was a carpenter, and Jesus learned the trade and followed it in the city of Nazareth (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; Luke 2:39).

His Baptism
Jesus came from Nazareth to Jordan and was baptized by John, and as he came up out of the water, His Father acknowledged Him, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him (Matthew 3:13-17).

The Temptation and Triumph
 Immediately after His baptism He was led away into the wilderness and tempted by the devil. He was tempted "in all points" (Hebrews 4:15)--the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16)--but He signally triumphed in every particular (Genesis 3:6; Matthew 3:1-11).

Introduction to Israel
Jesus was subsequently introduced to Israel by John, His forerunner (John 1:29-36).

Article adapted from the Condensed Biblical Encyclopedia (public domain), written in 1896 by Ashley S. Johnson, founder of Johnson Bible College, was and is designed for busy people who wish to increase their knowledge of the oracles of God.