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Lives Touched by Jesus Christ

Abstract:  A study of the life of Jesus Christ and the lives He touched as He came into contact with them.  There will be an attempt to give a historical setting of the times leading to the period of Jesus' life as He lived here on earth, intermingling His life with others.  During the first part of the study some biblical characters will be viewed as they came into contact with the pre-existent Christ.  Then we will advance to New Testament persons starting with Mary, His mother.  There are some really great accounts of His meeting people of modern age - these are available by media presentation.  There should be an opportunity of sharing personal accounts during the class - even personal testimonies.

There will be a blend of biblical conditions that precede "The Meeting" and , of course, the emphasis will be the change that came into each person's life as they met Jesus Christ.  The purpose of this study is to  reveal the person of Jesus Christ and the historical times in which He lived during His time on earth.  Secondarily, we will look at the difference Christ is making today in people's lives.  The people we will study will reflect a large cross-section of social strata.   We should be able to apply much of what we study to today's times and have a better understanding of how to reach others for Christ.

Here's a basic outline of the study:

  1. Meeting the pre-existent Christ.
  2. A brief look at historical conditions leading the incarnation of the Son of God.
  3. Gospel accounts of meeting Jesus Christ.
  4. Church age accounts of meeting Jesus Christ.
    1. Acts through Revelation
    2. Some modern-age accounts (including some media presentations).
  5. What to expect when Jesus Christ meets today's men and women (includes some evangelism emphasis).

Prophesies Concerning Jesus Christ
Particularly Concerning Personal
Dealings with People.

  1. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

    Here's the very first mention of the coming Savior.   Notice the involvement with humanity.
  2. Deut. 32:18  Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

    Read what follows this passage - note what relationship the LORD pictures Himself with His people.
  3. Job 19:25  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

    What relationship did Job have with the Lord - what caused Job's response here?
  4. Psalm 40:6-10  Sacrifice and meal offering Thou hast not desired;  My ears Thou hast opened;Burnt offering and sin offering Thou hast not required.  [7] Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me; [8] I delight to do Thy will, O my God; Thy Law is within my heart." [9] I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O LORD, Thou knowest. [10] I have not hidden Thy righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation; I have not concealed Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth from the great congregation. (NAS,  Compare with Heb 10:5-9; )

    What does the phrase "My ears thou hast opened;" refer to (hint see Deut 15:16, 17)  how does that square with Heb 10:5-0?

    Psalm 40:17  But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

    How does this verse fit in with the rest of Psalm 40?
  5. Psalm 68:4-6  Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds-- his name is the LORD--and rejoice before him. [5] A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. [6] God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

    How many different circumstances can you find in this passage where the LORD meets the needy?
  6. Isaiah 11:3, 4 And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see,Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; [4] But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

    What role is the LORD playing here - with whom is He dealing?