Scenes of Christ

Typically held the first Friday and Saturday nights of December, the 2016 ‘Scenes of Christ’ was held December 2 & 3, 2016 at the church. The audio from the CD for this special event follows.
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Track 1

Welcome to the Scenes of Christ:  dramatized recreations of the events that the Bible tells us lead up to Jesus’ birth and what Jesus Christ experienced while he walked here on Earth.

Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, prophets had foretold of a coming Messiah, or Savior, that would come to save the world from sin and bring peace. The prophets foretold of Bethlehem being the city in which the Messiah would be born.

Jesus’ mother and earthly father, Mary and Joseph, didn’t live in Bethlehem, but God had a plan to get them to the city just in time for Jesus’ birth.

Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor who you will see on your right, issued a decree that a census be taken of the entire Roman population. God used the decree of a pagan emperor to fulfill prophecy by requiring Mary and Joseph to make the 3-day journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. They traveled with Mary, who was ready to deliver baby Jesus, riding on a donkey or both walking the entire way. You may be able to see them along the road.  

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Track 2

After completing the journey to Bethlehem, the exhausted couple was disappointed to find that all of the inns were full because of all that had come to the town to be counted.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that the birth of Jesus occurred in a barn behind one of the overcrowded inns.  Mary wrapped the baby in cloths and placed him in a feeding trough, or manger.

The “Savior of the world” didn’t arrive as a mighty king or as a great military figure, but was born into a very simple life and spent his first night on Earth in the most meager of surroundings.

Jesus was visited by shepherds who had been directed to the manger by an angel.

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Track 3

Around 30 years later, Jesus began traveling across Judea and Galilee teaching people, healing the sick, raising the dead and performing other miracles.  The Gospel of John tells us of many encounters that Jesus had with ordinary citizens. The story of two women’s encounters with Jesus are dramatized next.

Jesus was in Samaria one particular day and met a woman who was drawing water from a well. He used the opportunity to share with the woman about “living water”. John 4 says:

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again.  But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again-ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life’.”

Jesus came to Earth not only to fulfill physical needs but also to create a path to eternal life and to heaven.

In the second scene portrayed here, you see Jesus in the temple courts. The Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus while he was teaching there that had been caught cheating on her spouse. When the situation was explained to Jesus, he began writing on the ground ignoring them. The crowd was ready to stone her, but Jesus said “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone”. After everyone begin walking away. Jesus told her that she wasn’t condemned and to go and sin no more.

Jesus used the woman as an object lesson to explain that no one on Earth was fit to judge their brother.

This is just two of the many unconventional situations that Jesus used to teach us about Him and His coming Kingdom.

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Track 4

Matthew chapter 20, verses 18-19:

Then, as he was about to go up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and spoke to them as they walked along. “Listen, we are now going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes—and they will condemn him to death. They will hand him over to the heathen to ridicule and flog and crucify. And on the third day he will rise again!”

Jesus and his disciples gathered to partake of the traditional Passover meal together. He said to them,

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus took some bread, gave thanks and broke it. While passing it around, Jesus said,

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Then, holding a cup of wine, he gave thanks and said,

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

It was only after his death and resurrection that his disciples understood the depth behind his words.

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Track 5

Shortly after the Passover meal, Jesus was betrayed by a friend, arrested and sentenced during a mock trial. After he was beaten within inches of his death, many of the very people he had healed demanded that he be publicly executed.

From Matthew chapter 27:

The governor’s soldiers stripped Jesus and put a scarlet cloak upon him. They twisted some thorn-twigs into a crown and put it on his head and put a stick into his right hand. They bowed low before him and jeered at him with the words, “Hail, your majesty, king of the Jews!” Then they spat on him, took the stick and hit him on the head with it. And when they had finished their fun, they stripped the cloak off again, put his own clothes upon him and led him off for crucifixion.

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Track 6

Over 700 years before this occurrence, the prophet Isaiah also foretold of this brutal killing and the reason behind it.

Isaiah chapter 53, verses 5 thru 8:

Because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received. All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. But the Lord made the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved. He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die, and no one cared about his fate. He was put to death for the sins of our people.

Crucifixions were usually held on a small hill just outside of the city in plain view of travelers coming and going. Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross and left there to die a public, humiliating and painful death.

Three simple words, “It is finished,” marked the end of Jesus’ earthly life. But fortunately, it doesn’t mark the end of the story.

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Track 7

Jesus died just a few hours before the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath. His body was placed in a nearby tomb.

Early in the morning on the third day after his death, two women approached the place where Jesus was buried intending to perform the traditional burial rites to honor the dead. Instead, they found unconscious soldiers and a welcome surprise.

Luke chapter 24:

The women went to the tomb, taking with them the aromatic spices they had prepared. They discovered that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on going inside, the body of the Lord Jesus was not to be found. While they were still puzzling over this, two men suddenly stood at their elbow, dressed in dazzling light. The women were terribly frightened, and turned their eyes away and looked at the ground. But the two men spoke to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here: he has risen!”

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Track 8

Over the next the 40 days, Jesus appeared to, conversed with, cooked and ate with many people on several different occasions. All total, more than 500 people interacted with Jesus before he ascended back into heaven.

Jesus also spent time explaining why he had to die, just like the lamb during the celebration of Passover: Jesus died to bridge the gap between sinful man and holy God so that the righteous wrath of God could literally pass over those who put their trust in Jesus for rescue.

John chapter 16, verses 6-7:

“I myself am the road,” replied Jesus, “and the truth and the life. No one approaches the Father except through me.”

As you leave this scene, please fast-foward to the final track on this CD.

Track 9

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.

Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.

We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

In the building to your left, we have some snacks, warm coffee and friendly people who would love to talk with you more about Jesus and God’s wonderful plan of salvation.

If you are not currently involved in a Christian community, please join us at 11am on Sunday mornings right here at Mount Olive Baptist Church. Our service times, more information about our ministry and this audio are all available on our website: MountOliveRockingham.com.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and may God bless you.