The Historical Jesus, Jesus as Messiah, and Jesus the Personal Savior

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Jesus Christ, the figure who changed history more than any other, did many miracles to show others that he was God's son. God gave Jesus power over nature, power over disease, and even power over death. As a young Christian, my knowledge was a little understudied, to say the least. Now, as this module comes to a close, I realize that I have learned so much! While writing this summary paper, I intend to discuss my understanding of the historical Jesus, Jesus as the Messiah, and Jesus as the Personal Savior. About two thousand years ago God arranged the most humiliating circumstances possible for his incarnation into humanity. Jesus was born to a teenage virgin named Mary and her husband Joseph.
The Annunciation is the revelation
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When Mary arrived, Elizabeth's baby leaped in her womb for joy. This confirmed Gabriel's prophecy that John would have the Holy Spirit even before birth (New Advent, 2006)
Joseph considered calling off the marriage after learning that Mary had conceived. Gabriel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to marry her because the conception was caused by the Holy Spirit. Joseph took Mary as his wife and kept her a virgin until Jesus was born.
Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem to register for a census. While there, Mary gave birth to Jesus. She laid him in a manger because there was no room at the inn. Shepards visited Jesus there.
Later, wise men brought gifts to Jesus. They told Herod the Great, a wicked king, that Jesus would rule Israel. Herod sent soldiers to kill the children in Bethlehem. Warned by an angel, Joseph took his family to Egypt. After Herod died, they returned to Israel and raised Jesus in a town called Nazareth. Jesus grew up in Nazareth. The Bible gives us a little information about his childhood. Jesus was taken to Jerusalem for Passover when he was twelve. He spoke with the teachers at the Temple, who were amazed at his understanding (Life of Christ, 2006). Joseph was a carpenter, and taught Jesus the trade. Jesus worked as a carpenter until his ministry began. He was about thirty years old at the time. Jesus taught people how to live godly lives. As he traveled around Israel, Jesus taught with sermons and parables. He

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