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The conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb was a miracle of the Holy Spirit.
The virginal conception shows us that Jesus is God’s gift to us. His miraculous birth shows us that His coming is God’s work and not a human work.
The conception of Jesus shows all three persons of the Trinity at work: “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you, so that the one to be born shall be called holy, the Son of God.”
The phrase “Immaculate Conception” refers, not to the conception of Jesus, but to the conception of Mary. In Roman Catholic thought, she was conceived without contracting original sin.
Tell the story of the man who wanted to save a flock of birds on a cold night.
Jesus knows what all our feelings and struggles are like because He lived through them as a human.
Jesus was laid in a manger because it’s an animal’s feed box, and Jesus came to feed us with God’s love and God’s forgiveness.
Jesus submitted to a sinner’s baptism to show that He came to identify with sinners–kind of like the man who shaved his head to show that he was standing with his brother, who lost his hair to cancer treatments. Jesus is not a sinner, but he embraces baptism to show that he came to be a friend of sinners.
We see the Holy Trinity in Jesus’ baptism–Jesus stands in the water, the voice of the Father is heard, and the Holy Spirit comes down in the form of a dove.
Explain how the temptations Jesus undergoes in the wilderness are similar to those Adam and Eve surrendered to.
Explain the idea of the champion (on an earlier quiz, nobody got this right, so here’s a second chance). A champion in this sense is not necessarily a winner. It’s someone who represents someone else. In a Mets-Cubs game, the Mets are the champion for the city of New York and the Cubs for the city of Chicago. Whoever’s champion wins, that city is the victor; whoever’s champion loses, that city is the loser. Adam is our champion–his loss is our loss. Jesus is our champion–His victory is our victory.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that sin comes from our inner thoughts and desires. Thus, the commandment about killing is not just about taking someone’s life, but also about anger and hatred.
The Sermon on the Mount tells us to be perfect. This reminds us that we cannot be perfect and please God with our own works. Therefore we have to turn to another Mountain, Mt Calvary (where Jesus was crucified) to find forgiveness.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, and give up our cloak. Jesus lived this out in His suffering–He was struck on the cheek, He carried His cross to the place of crucifixion, and he was stripped of his clothing.
Elijah and Moses are on the mountaintop with Jesus when He is transfigured (when He began glowing with God’s own light and beauty). They represent the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus is talking with Moses and Elijah about His “exodus” which He was going to accomplish at Jerusalem. This connects Jesus dying and rising with the original Passover and the deliverance of the people from slavery.
Once again in a major event we can see the Trinity. The Son is transfigured, the voice of the Father is heard, the Spirit descends in the form of a cloud.
Jesus loved to teach in parables. A parable is a story that makes a point and teaches a lesson.
Tell the story of the Good Samaritan.
It is amazing that a Samaritan helped a Jew, because Jews hated Samaritans.
The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us of how Jesus reached beyond the gulf of sin that separated us from God and saved us.
My neighbor is anyone that I encounter, even if they are different from me.
Jesus performed healing miracles, nature miracles, and exorcisms.
The calming of the storm tells us that Jesus has power over all things.
The father of a possessed boy admitted that his faith was not perfect: “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!” But despite the weakness of his faith, he received an exorcism for his son.
The cross was no “accident” but was God’s plan of salvation.
The New Testament calls the cross a “tree”. Human sin came into the world through a tree–the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in Eden. The tree of the cross defeats the sin that came into the world through the Tree of Eden.
Jesus is the “Second Adam” who undoes the mess that the first Adam got us into.
Like Adam, Jesus fell into a deep sleep and His side was opened up.
Jesus is our Passover Lamb because His blood saves us, just as the lamb’s blood saved the Israelites in Egypt at the first Passover.
Have a general awareness of the Seven Words from the Cross and their meaning.
Mary Magdalene mistook Jesus for the gardener on Easter morning
This is a reminder that He is the Second Adam, because the first Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden to keep it and till it.
The stone was rolled away, not to “let Jesus out”, but to show that the tomb was empty.
The graveclothes apparently still had the shape of a body, which is why Peter and John believed when they saw them.
Jesus’ body still bears the scars of the cross, even after He is raised from the dead.
The word “Pentecost” comes from the word “fifty”. The church celebrates Pentecost seven weeks (49 days) after Easter.
A word for the Holy Spirit is “Paraclete”, which can be translated as “comforter”, counselor or advocate.
The Spirit is like the wind because He is invisible but we know His action.
The Spirit is like fire because fire cleanses and purifies.
The Spirit opens up our minds and lifts up our souls in a way that no alcoholic beverage or drug ever could.
Stephen was stoned to death for His faith. Saul (later known as Paul) held the coats for those who were stoning him.
Saul left for Damascus to persecute the church there. Jesus appeared to Saul on the road and Saul is struck blind.
Saul’s name is changed up to Paul and he becomes one of the greatest missionaries of all time, carrying the message of Jesus to many places.
And don’t forget my favorite question–the factors that made this a good time for Jesus to come, and helped Paul greatly in his missionary journeys:
–much of the world was at peace because of the Roman Empire, so Paul
didn’t have to deal with travel through war-torn areas
–travel was efficent because of the fine Roman roads
–much of the world was united by a single language, Greek, which made
it easier to reach a maximum number of people.
–the Jewish people were dispersed in many places–their Scriptures and
their beliefs were known, and many people were intrigued by them. This
made it easier for Paul as he proclaimed Jesus as the promised Jewish
Paul made tents for a living.
Paul was executed during the Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians.