The Life of Jesus Christ Journey Introductory
Welcome to this Introduction to the Life of Jesus Christ Journey
In this overall journey, there are many parts (around 75?) that we talk about our LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD. Forever let our testimony be in Christ. The ideal situation for this journey is that we learn as many things about Jesus that we can possibly learn from the trusted data source of The Holy Bible. We are focused in the Gospels of Jesus Christ - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Purpose of this format
Just like in learning a language, context, information, culture, and so many more facets are needed to completely understand it... The Gospels are similar. Therefore, instead of relying on other teachers to water it down (it happens all the time), we have been charged to spring forth the full depth and meaning of the Gospels by focusing on situations one at a time broken down in many wiki pages.
This is so that you, as the reader, can understand the Gospel so well that you love sharing it with others, but you also will know many stories that you can share about Jesus Christ. If you are trying to influence someone, for example, to become closer with the LORD, you would usually tell a story from the Bible or tell your own testimony. THINK! The more stories from the Gospels you know, the greater your faith is, the greater the faith someone else will have, and helping you achieve your influence for them to become a more godly person. This is fulfilling all around. It is also very exciting once you know this information. It's all here for free, for we have freely received of the Gospel - now freely we must give, as it is reasonable service to the LORD (Romans 12:1).
Generalized summary of the background in the time before and of Jesus
During the time of Jesus, the religiopolitical/social situation was rather different than many of the cultures of Old Testament times. The national life of Israel during the Old Testament was primarily monarchy ruled. Everything in the Israelite Kingdom was by royal order.
People of Old Testament time had experienced the Davidic Dynasty (about a thousand years more/less before Christ), and in this experience, the prophecy had come that a Messiah is coming to save Israel and be the universal king (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 2:6-9; Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 11:1-9). Eventually, as we learn of the Davidic Dynasty more, we see that his dynasty was splintered after Solomon's rule. This caused the Northern and Southern Kingdoms to be existent, where the Southern Kingdom was named Judah and was part of the Dynasty of David. The Kings had continued to reign in the name of King David in the Southern Kingdom, which blessed Jerusalem highly well.
Incidentally, the Northern Kingdom was captured by the Assyrians, and they were in foreign captivity (around 700-720 BC). Through this, they lost their national identity, because the people were scattered. This kind of struggle would wait over a hundred years before the Southern Kingdom (Judah) would come under attack by Babylon, where the people were captured and taken into captivity, but at least Judah retained its national identity and continued as Judeans (or later stated as "Jews" - Jeremiah 34:9).
The Babylonians destroyed most of Israel after the people were taken captive, and then the Solomon Temple was destroyed (The First Temple). Archaeologists have discovered a similar looking temple outside of Jerusalem that was called the Motza Temple, which was used for worshiping any idol (GOD, other idols, etc.). The Motza Temple was likely inspired of Baal worship, which came from the evil spirit of Jezebel.
About 50 years later, Persia came to take over Babylon, freeing the captives to go home to their Israel. The Jews rebuilt Israel to living conditions again.. The "north" and "south" counterparts did not exist anymore. The people of Israel became part of the Jews and the Israel prospered.
Much later, Herod the Great would become King over Israel, and one of his major projects was to have a Second Temple built to replace the first one, and on the same Temple Mount (foundation). The Second, or Herodian, Temple was a place where the Jews could once again worship and do their religious activity. Eventually, around 7 or 6 BC, Jesus is born. The story begins of Jesus!