Blue Gospel Scripts: Jesus – The Newborn King

Hey there. I’m Dave LeMieux, creator of Blue Gospel Scripts Welcome to our soulful celebration of the singularly significant, long-awaited arrival of Jesus, the Newborn King My soul magnifies the Lord

My soul magnifies the Lord My soul magnifies the Lord My soul magnifies the Lord May it be to me just exactly the way that You said it should be May it be to me just exactly the way that You said it should be May it be to me (be unto me) just exactly the way that You said it should be May it be to me (be unto me) just exactly the way This is my story this is my song Praisin’ my Savior all the day long This is my story this is my song Praisin’ my Savior all the day long He put a song of love in my heart He put a song of joy in my heart “This is what the Gospels are.” Matthew, a Jewish tax-man, and John, a Jewish fisherman, were among Jesus’ first twelve followers Mark was a young Jewish apprentice to Peter, another original disciple And Luke was a Gentile (“non-Jewish”), a physician, an associate of Paul, and a history buff – a non-eyewitness motivated to write the accounts of those he interviewed, which very likely included Mary, the mother of Jesus Matthew’s original readers were Jews; Mark’s were Roman; Luke’s were Greek; and John’s were the Christians spreading throughout the region and beyond John’s opening lines don’t specifically mention Jesus, but Christians know to whom he was referring when he wrote, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God He was with God in the beginning Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us A better translation of the original Greek word “logos” than “the Word” might be “the final or definitive Word,” or as Aristotle taught some 400 years before John wrote, “the logic behind a proven truth.” So in the beginning… was the final Word LUKE: Many have tried to recount and record the things fulfilled and believed among us, just as they were handed down to us by eyewitnesses and servants of the Word With this in mind, since I have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write it all down for you so you may know the certainty of the things that you’ve been taught MATTHEW: This is an account of the origin of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham

said Matthew, writing to the Jews There were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah LUKE: That’s not exactly I know what you’re trying to do – you’re making this memorable so that the Rabbis can more easily teach their students But your Jewish readers will notice that you left out Ahaziah, Jehoash, and Amaziah. That’s 3 kings that are missing My genealogical record is different than yours I’m going back further – all the way to Adam And, you’ve got Joseph’s father – Jesus’ grandfather – as Jacob I have him as Heli Their two accounts contain other differences as well Many commentators assume Matthew was highlighting Joseph’s lineage to establish a legal connection to the line of David – of crucial importance to the history-conscious Jews – while Luke, the interviewer of Mary, was highlighting her lineage because of the amazing, transformative story of immaculate conception she must’ve told him Others make the case that Joseph was adopted by Heli, and therefore had both a biological and adoptive paternal side – two fathers And in any case, Matthew and Luke should be happy that Arnold Fruchtenbaum, a leading expert in Messianic Theology, recognizes the significance of both of their records “In Matthew 1:1, He’s called the Son of David and the Son of Abraham In Luke 3:38, the Son of Adam and the Son of God As the Son of David, Jesus is a king As the Son of Abraham, Jesus is a Jew As the Son of Adam, Jesus is a man As the Son of God, Jesus is God This fourfold portrait of the Messianic person as presented by the genealogies is that of the Jewish God-Man King Could the Messiah be anyone less?” In the time of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah and his wife named Elizabeth – both descendants of Aaron and righteous in the sight of God, they observed all the Lord’s decrees and commands blamelessly But they were childless because Elizabeth wasn’t able to conceive – and they were both very old Once, when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as a priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense And when the time came to burn the incense, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense When Zechariah saw him, he was gripped with fear But the angel said to him: Don’t be afraid – God has heard your prayer Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you’re to call him John He’ll be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he’ll be great in the sight of the Lord He’s never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he’ll be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he’s born He’ll bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this?” I’m Gabriel, and I stand in the presence of God, and I’ve been sent here to speak to you and to tell you this good news And now you will be silent, unable to speak until the day this happens, because you didn’t believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondered why he stayed so long in the temple When he came out, he couldn’t speak They realized he’d seen a vision in the temple, because he kept making signs to them, but remained unable to speak When his time of service was completed, he returned home After this, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, and for five months, she remained in seclusion In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of David The virgin’s name was Mary Gabriel went to her and said, God called your name

God called your name God called your name God called your name God called your name Then the angel left her And then Mary left as well, hurrying off to the hill country so that she could see her cousin Elizabeth When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb (That’s what Elizabeth told Mary, and what Mary told me – when I interviewed her) (sung) For the Mighty One has done great things for me – (spoken) holy is His name His mercy extends to those who fear Him He’s performed mighty deeds – He’s scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts He’s brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble – filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as He promised our ancestors Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months, and then returned home When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son Her neighbors and relatives heard the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his mute father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, No! He’s to be called John They reminded her there was no one among her relatives with that name Then they made hand signals to his father, to find out what name he would like for the child, but he asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote,

“His name is John.” Immediately Zechariah’s tongue was set free to speak, and all the neighbors were awestruck Word spread throughout the hill country, and people wondered aloud, “What then is this child going to be?” for the Lord’s hand was with him Meanwhile, Zechariah, like his wife, was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,” he said, “because He has come to His people and redeemed them He has raised up salvation for us for the house of David as He said through His holy prophets of long ago – salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us – to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember His holy covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham; to rescue us and to enable us to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days And you, my child, Prophet of the Highest” he said to John, “will go ahead of the Master to prepare His ways, present the offer of salvation to all His people, the forgiveness of their sins Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, shining on those in darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace…” And John grew and he became strong in the Spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel But we’ll come back to him MATTHEW: So Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found (as you know) to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit But because Joseph her husband was faithful to the Law, yet didn’t want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly But after he’d considered this, an angel of the appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what’s conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit She’ll give birth to a son, and you’re to give him the name Jesus, because He’ll save His people from their sins All of this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet Isaiah: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they’ll call him Immanuel” (“God with us”) When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary home as his wife But he didn’t consummate their marriage until after she gave birth to a son And he gave Him the name Jesus Yeah, he did that, but listen to how Mary said it went down In those days Caesar Augustus (who was the ruler of the entire Roman Empire, which then included Israel) issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria) MARK: Publius Sulpicius Quirinius circa 51 BC – AD 21 After the banishment of the ethnarch Herod Archelaus from the tetrarchy of Judea in AD 6, Quirinius was appointed legate governor of Syria, to which the province of Judea had been added for the purpose of a census Hi, Mark Hello! Anyway – everyone went to their own town to register So Joseph also went up from Nazareth to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David Matthew already said that! Yes He went there to register with Mary While they were there, she gave birth, and she wrapped Jesus in cloths and placed him in a manger, because – well, as most everyone knows by now – because of my careful note-taking – there was no other room available for them Young mother’s lullabies –

humbly sung And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, and they were keeping watch over their flocks at night, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified But the angel said to them, Don’t be afraid I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord This will be a sign to you: you’ll find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with him – Gabriel’s background singers – praising God and saying, Praise God in heaven! Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God! When the angels had gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what happened.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger After seeing Jesus, they spread Gabriel’s words about the child around Bethlehem, and all who heard it were amazed at what they were told

But Mary, says Luke, treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart And the shepherds returned home, glorifying God for all the things they’d heard and seen, which were just as they’d been told On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He was conceived When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout He was waiting for God to finally send help for Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him and had revealed to him that he wouldn’t die before he’d seen the Lord’s Messiah Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for Him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as You’ve promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace For my eyes have seen Your salvation: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel This child is destined to cause the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna, of the tribe of Asher She was very old (her words not mine); she had lived with her husband seven years and then became a widow, and then an additional eighty-four years never left the temple but worshiped night and day there, fasting and praying Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Nazareth – and Jesus grew and became strong He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on Him Now, earlier, Luke mentioned Herod was King of Judea when Zechariah got busted and Elizabeth got pregnant Known as Herod the Great, his reign lasted until a few years after Jesus’ birth He was a polarizing figure among historians – known for his expansive building projects, including a magnificent temple in Jerusalem, an improbable fortress at Masada which he likely never even visited, and an opulent port in Caesarea Maritima What you also see is the middle there, that rectangular shape, right? *That* would be a freshwater pool By the way, there is no fresh water for 35 kilometers from here But King Herod brought it with aqueducts from Mount Carmel… because it’s King Herod And then he brought it all the way right by the water line of the Mediterranean to have a freshwater pool inside the ocean King Herod During Herod’s time – less than two years after Jesus was born, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where’s the one who’s been born king of the Jews? We saw His star and have come to worship Him.” When King Herod heard this, he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him When he’d called together all the chief priests and teachers of the Law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born “In Bethlehem,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet Micah has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the wise men secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared After they’d heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they’d seen went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was When they saw the star stop, they were overjoyed On coming into the house in Nazareth, they saw the child with His mother, and they bowed down and worshiped Him Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh Wait for the Light to appear

Wisdom has spoken, draw near Fools will outnumber the stars But Truth has been born in your hearts Yes Truth has been born in your hearts When the wise men had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream Get up – take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill Him So he got up, took Jesus and Mary, and set off that night for Egypt, where they stayed until the death of Herod – which sadly, didn’t come soon enough

And so was fulfilled what the Lord said through the prophet Hosea: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” When Herod realized he’d been outwitted by the wise men, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and vicinity who were two years old and younger, in accordance with the time he’d learned from the wise men This fulfilled what the prophet Jeremiah said: A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they’re no more “Ramah was the point at which Nebuchadnezzar assembled the people of Judah for their long trek into the captivity of Babylon [600 or so years prior] The community was located on the border between the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern regime of Judah; thus, in reality, the community could function as a representative of either territory – or both The voice is that of a woman who is weeping bitterly – Rachel, the wife of Jacob Figuratively speaking, Rachel, who had died a millennium earlier, is lamenting her lost ‘children,’ in other words, her distant offspring.” After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, Get up, take the Child and his mother and go back to Israel, for those who were trying to take the Child’s life are dead So he got up, took Jesus and Mary, and went back – but not to Jerusalem since Herod’s son was now in charge – rather, to Nazareth So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that He would be called a Nazarene Every year, Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover When He was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to custom After the festival was over, though, while His parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it Oh, y’all didn’t know that? You should’ve interviewed his mama! They thought Jesus was in their company, so they traveled on for a day Then they began looking for Him among their relatives and friends When they didn’t find Him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for Him After three days of looking in typical spots a twelve-year-old might be, they found Him – surprisingly – in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions Everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers When His parents saw Him, they were astonished And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s boy, John the Baptist, appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance and the forgiveness of sins The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to see him Even tax collectors like Matthew over there came to be baptized. Soldiers too They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey And this was his message: “After me comes the One more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I’m not worthy to stoop down and untie I baptize you with water, but He’ll baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” That’s water for repentance, but then the fire of the Holy Spirit for burning up the chaff after the wheat has all been gathered It’s a metaphor – as if to say that a mere man, even a great man like John, doesn’t have the authority to separate humanity at harvest time; but the Holy Spirit – and the one about whom John testifies – does At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the Jordan Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove And a voice came from heaven: “You’re my Son, whom I love; with You I’m well pleased.” It *looked* like a dove What’s that? The Spirit looked like a dove – it had a body Yeah, that’s what I said Actually, you said what I said… “like a dove,” which could mean… kind of floating Luke is more specific by saying, “in bodily form like a dove.” And you forgot to mention John was reluctant to baptize Jesus He wanted Jesus to baptize *him.* My Jewish audience would’ve appreciated knowing that OK! All right, all right Hey, this is interesting from Lutheran Pastor Charles Henrickson:

“Think of the dove that brought word to Noah it was safe to come out, that the flood and the judgment were over There the dove became a symbol of peace God was at peace with mankind So it is here… at Christ’s baptism, the heavens are torn open But instead of fire and brimstone there’s a voice and a dove, the voice of the Father and the Holy Spirit like a dove Divine approval and divine empowerment.” So, let’s pause right here and bring this incredible scene into today’s landscape Speaking of Lutherans, it was only in 2015 that they joined Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, (and) other denominations in formal support of The Kingdom of Jordan’s petition to UNESCO to declare *their* side of the Jordan River the most likely place of Jesus’ baptism You see, in our generation, over a million people from all over the region and world are baptized in the Jordan River each year – mainly at three official sites Which one (if any) was the actual ancient site of John, Jesus, and the dove? Let’s take a look Running down there is the stream of Banias, which is one of the three main sources of the Jordan River This is the most water you’ll ever see in this river, because of the rain we had last night The Jordan River originates north of Israel on the Lebanese/Syrian border, then flows southward into the Sea of Galilee I’m just sharing with everybody that I do this boat ride quite a lot and today, if you look around you and take it in, there’s something very special… there’s a sense of quietness, and peaceful… there’s Shalom – Shalom is upon us South of the Sea, the river divides Israel and Jordan before emptying into the Dead Sea There are two traditional baptism sites near the Dead Sea: one in Jordan, and one in a part of the West Bank under full Israeli military occupation The Israeli-run site is known as “Qasr al-Yahud.” In 2018, CBS news descended upon Qasr al-Yahud for an exposé about the land mines near the site, left over from prior Mideast conflicts, and the project underway to unearth and dispose of them Still, land mines and all, people come in droves, thinking Qasr al-Yahud a sacred site Which is interesting, in light of the United Nations’ weighing in with a different opinion In 2015, UNESCO officially declared Al-Maghtas a World Heritage site, believing it (Jordan’s baptism site) to be where John the Baptist would’ve baptized Jesus Al-Maghtas, which is “baptism” or “immersion” in Arabic, is also known as “Bethany Beyond the Jordan,” which will sound familiar to people who’ve read the Apostle John’s Gospel Now, unfortunately, if you’re health-conscious, it doesn’t matter from which country you enter the Jordan River if you’re this far south Gidon Bromberg, Director of the Israeli chapter of EcoPeace, says “The water quality here is a mixture of untreated and partly treated sewage, agricultural runoff, fish pond waste, and saline waters from springs to reduce the salinity of the Sea of Galilee EcoPeace has efforts underway to improve this, but in the meantime, people are flocking to a third site, much further north: the Yardenit Baptismal Site, where the waters seem… cleaner The Israeli Ministry of Tourism established Yardenit in 1981 In March of 2017, I was baptized there, and then in January of 2018, I went back for the privilege of baptizing family and friends and, as it turned out, several strangers from around the world So, while we don’t know exactly where the dove came down in bodily form as a sign to Jesus, John, and all the witnesses that day, we do know it was somewhere along this river that God, through Jesus, chose to submit Himself to a baptism of repentance even though He had nothing from which to repent Jesus told John the Baptist it was fitting to fulfill all righteousness, which is a mystery we’ll attempt to unravel as we continue through the Gospels But for now, don’t miss the symbolism of submersion equaling a burial and surfacing equaling a new beginning Jesus chose with what one author termed “the last act of His private life” to identify with His children who even now very publicly declare through their own baptisms their identity in Christ

Immediately following Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit – which *looked* like a dove – sent Him out into the wilderness, and He stayed there forty days, being tempted by satan He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him… what? The angels came on day forty – *after* satan tried taking advantage of Jesus-on-an-empty-stomach He said, “If you’re the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” “It’s written,” Jesus said, “man shall not live on bread alone.” That’s right! Then the devil took Him to the holy city… Jerusalem Yes, thank you He had Jesus stand on the highest point of the temple, then said, “If you’re the Son of God, throw yourself down For it’s written, ‘He‘ll command His angels concerning You, and they’ll lift You up in their hands, so You’ll not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It’s also written: ‘Don’t put the Lord your God to the test.’” Now Matthew and I had the second and third temptations reversed… …so Bible scholars and theologians could debate this in every generation and remain employable ‘til Jesus comes back Anyway, the devil led Jesus up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world Apparently, the devil can conjure powerful images And he said to Jesus, “I’ll give you all their authority and splendor; it’s been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to If you worship me, it’ll all be yours.” Apparently, the devil is bold and bald-faced enough to not only toy with Job – but to tempt Jesus Jesus said to him, “Away from me, satan! For it’s written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” Then – *then* the devil left him, and angels came and attended him Thank you, my brothers Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was He confessed freely, “I’m not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I’m not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Most commentators think “The Prophet” to which he referred was Jeremiah Finally they said, “Then who? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I’m the voice of the one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” Now the Pharisees now look, these folks are this group of uptight-make-a-show-follow-the-letter-of-the-law folks, right? So *they* went to question John Now thy said, “Why do you baptize if you’re not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied – and he went on to reiterate what you’ve already heard from Mark This all happened at Bethany on the east side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him – likely looking a little bit hungry – – and he said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water…” for repentance… “…was that He might be revealed to Israel I’ve seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” The next day, John was there again with two of his disciples When he saw Jesus passing by – this time with a little food in Him – he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” He replied, “and you’ll see.” And that was the afternoon Jesus chose to start gathering “The Twelve” – His closest disciples, who became the apostles (which means the “masters” responsible for spreading the message of their teacher) Once upon a time, there was a world

but the One who made the world wasn’t recognized by those who occupied the world Prepare ye the way for the Lord JOHN: There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His few disciples (so far) When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to Him, They have no more wine Nearby stood stone water jars, six of them, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding over twenty gallons Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” The banquet master tasted the water that had turned into wine He didn’t realize where it had come from… though the servants who had drawn it – they knew In 1970, C.S. Lewis observed, “God creates the vine and teaches it to draw up water by its roots and, with the aid of the sun, to turn that water into a juice which will ferment and take on certain qualities Thus every year, from Noah’s time till ours, God has turned water into wine *That,* men fail to see

Either like the Pagans they refer the process to some finite spirit, Bacchus or Dionysus: or else, like the moderns, they attribute real and ultimate causality to the chemical and other material phenomena which are all our senses can discover in it But when Christ at Cana makes water into wine, the mask is off.” The Son can do nothing by himself; He can do only what He sees the Father doing, because whatever the Father does, the Son also does What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which He revealed His glory; and His disciples believed in Him So after that, He went down to Capernaum – that’s about a sixteen-mile walk His mother, brothers, and disciples were with him for a few days When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went back to Jerusalem *In* the temple courts, He found people selling cattle… sheep… doves The loan sharks were there as well, “exchanging” money So He made whips out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; He violently flipped their tables, flinging coins everywhere To those who sold doves, He said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered it is written: “Zeal for Your house will consume me.” The Jews, upset, responded to Him, “What signs can you show to prove your authority to do all this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I’ll raise it in three days.” They replied, “It’s taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you’re gonna raise it in three days?” It turns out the temple Jesus spoke of was His body After He was raised from the dead, His disciples – they recalled what He’d said Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs He was performing and believed in Him But Jesus wouldn’t entrust Himself to them, for He knew all people He didn’t need a testimony about mankind, for He already knew what was in each person There may have been as many as three hundred million people alive during Jesus’ time John says Jesus knew all of them Including Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council A Pharisee – bred for learning. A scholar Bible Scholar Matthew Henry took note and said, “Let it not be said that all Christ’s followers are unlearned and ignorant.” Nicodemus – he came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know You‘re a teacher who has come from God For no one could perform the signs You’re doing if God were not with Him.” Jesus, sensing Nicodemus’ sincere interest, decided to drop some deep truth on him “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they’re born again,” He said “How can somebody be born when they’re old?” Nicodemus said “Surely they can’t enter their mother’s womb a second time!” But Jesus replied, “No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they’re born of water and the Spirit Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to the spirit You are Israel’s teacher,” Jesus said, “and you don’t understand these earthly things? How then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? Jesus spoke privately with Nicodemus – between alley walls – but that message has, of course, been reverberating around this whole world God so loved for the past two thousand years Come nigh

Drum says “pa-rum-pum” Drum says “pa-rum-pum” Drum says “pa-rum-pum” Drum says “pa-rum-pum” Under the starlight – wonders at midnight Angels and men come nigh, come nigh Drum says “pa-rum-pum” All praise and then some! Angels and men come nigh, come nigh Come nigh Come Come Come Come Mi alma magnifica al Rey Mi alma magnifica al Rey Mi espiritu exalta al Salvador Mi alma magnifica al Rey Poderoso Dios, admirable es Poderoso Dios, admirable es Santo es su nombre (su nombre) Mi alma magnifica al Rey Mi alma magnifica al Rey Mi espiritu exalta al Salvador Mi alma magnifica al Rey

Poderoso Dios, admirable es Poderoso Dios, admirable es Santo es su nombre (su nombre) Poderoso Dios, admirable es Poderoso Dios, admirable es Santo es su nombre (su nombre) Mi alma magnifica al Rey Mi alma magnifica al Rey Mi alma magnifica al Rey Mi alma magnifica al Rey