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In Nazareth, where Jesus was brought up, He continued keeping God’s 4 th Commandment, to “remember to keep the Sabbath day holy”.

Every 7 th day Sabbath, Jesus would stand up to read from the Old Testament scriptures, which was the only Bible they had in those days. The writings of the New Testament were not put together in a book until the end of the Apostle John’s life in after 90AD.  (Luke 4:16 Luke 4:16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
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, Luke 4:31-32 Luke 4:31-32 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
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Jesus loved keeping all of God’s annual Holy Days as well.

On Pentecost, in Nazareth, He stood up and read the wonderful 700 year old prophecy of Isaiah the prophet.  Isaiah prophesied about how Jesus would come to the Earth full of God’s Holy Spirit and would preach to the poor, the good news about God’s future coming Government on this Earth.

( Note: “on the Sabbath day” in Luke 4:16 Luke 4:16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
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in Greek means “on the day of the weeks” indicating Pentecost
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When Jesus read the rest of Isaiah’s prophecy about how He would heal the broken hearted, and give forgiveness and sight to people who were blind, they listened intently with their eyes fixed upon Him.

Then Jesus taught how this day of Pentecost pictured the “acceptable year of the Lord”, and they were amazed at what He had to say, with such authority and firm speaking.  (Isaiah 61:1-2 Isaiah 61:1-2 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
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However, when Jesus showed them from the scriptures how humble people listen but proud people do not listen, many of them were very angry with pride and jealousy. So they grabbed Him and took Jesus out of Nazareth city to throw Him off a cliff. But, Jesus had God the Father’s help and He was able to get away from them all. (Luke 4:17-30 Luke 4:17-30 17 And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say to them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? 23 And he said to them, You will surely say to me this proverb, Physician, heal yourself: whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in your country. 24 And he said, Truly I say to you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 But to none of them was Elias sent, save to Sarepta, a city of Sidon, to a woman that was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill where on their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passing through the middle of them went his way,
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So, Jesus came and lived in Peter’s home at Capernaum beside the Sea of Galilee, and He continued teaching people every Sabbath day, about God and God’s coming Government on this Earth, and how we need to repent and prepare now to be in God’s Family. (Luke 4:31-32 Luke 4:31-32 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
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, Matthew 4:17 Matthew 4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
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One time when Jesus was preaching on the Sabbath day a demon possessed man cried out: “Ahh! What have we to do with You, Jesus the Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know who You are. You are the Holy One of God!”

So, Jesus turned to the man and told the demon in the man: “Be silent and come out of him.”

The demon was very angry and threw the man around and cried out with a loud voice as he came out of the man.

Naturally, all of the people were shocked and amazed at what they saw, as they realized that Jesus had great authority to command demons to obey Him. Jesus became famous everywhere throughout the land. (Mark 1:21-28 Mark 1:21-28 21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with you, you Jesus of Nazareth? are you come to destroy us? I know you who you are, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold your peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commands he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
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Many sick people were brought to Him and Jesus laid His hands on them and prayed for them and they were healed.  (Luke 4:40-41 Luke 4:40-41 40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, You are Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
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, Matthew 4:23-25 Matthew 4:23-25 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought to him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.
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Today, ordained ministers of Jesus Christ, like Grandad, follow Jesus example and the instructions of Jesus family brother James, when people who are sick, faithfully ask God to heal them”, says Grandad.

As James wrote: if any are sick let them call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise them up; and if they have committed sins, they shall be forgiven.”  (James 5:15 James 5:15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
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On a mountain beside the Sea of Galilee, Jesus Christ gave His very famous Sermon on the Mount. It is the greatest sermon ever given. (Matthew 5-7)

This great sermon from Jesus, summarized and magnified many important laws and principles that God had already given in the Old Testament of how we should live. 

Jesus knew these Old Testament writings very well, because when you think about it, our child, Jesus was the “Logos” God, with God the Father, who spoke and wrote these laws of God in the Old Testament”, says Nanna.

Jesus told the people about God and how God wants everyone to live. 

He said that people who are humble, meek, merciful, peacemakers, who are purely clean in their thinking and conduct, will be chosen by God to be in His Family in God’s coming Kingdom on this Earth.  He said they may have people do bad things to them and persecute them, but God would bring them through those trials into His Kingdom.

Jesus said we need to hunger and thirst for wanting to learn God’s word in the Bible and live by God’s right way of life, just like we love food and drink when we are very hungry and thirsty.

He said we should be sad when we see the awful things that people do in this world ruled by Satan. Jesus said we would be comforted if we desire to be like a bright light, living God’s way of life, even in this bad darkened world of sins against God.  (Matthew 5:1-12 Matthew 5:1-12 1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came to him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
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, Luke 6:20-26 Luke 6:20-26 20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now: for you shall laugh. 22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice you in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers to the prophets. 24 But woe to you that are rich! for you have received your consolation. 25 Woe to you that are full! for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
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Isaiah, over 700 years before, had prophesied that Jesus would come and “exalt the law and make it honourable”. (Isaiah 42:21 Isaiah 42:21The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.
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Christ emphasised how He had not come into this world to do away or destroy God’s laws like the 10 Commandments. He came to magnify them and to explain them so that we could keep them even better, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 5:17-19 Matthew 5:17-19 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
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Jesus showed examples of how we shouldn’t even think evil thoughts of anger and hatred to others, much less commit murder, which is the 6 th Commandment. Also, we shouldn’t even sexually lust after someone in our thoughts much less commit fornication and adultery, which is the 7 th Commandment.  (Matthew 5:21-22, Matthew 5:27-28 Matthew 5:27-28 27 You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: 28 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
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He told the thousands of people gathered around him, that they should not use bad language and swear oaths. (Matthew 5:33-37 Matthew 5:33-37 33 Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time, You shall not forswear yourself, but shall perform to the Lord your oaths: 34 But I say to you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither shall you swear by your head, because you can not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil.
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Christ said we should love everyone and live God’s “give” way of life and not be selfish. It is better to give than receive. (Matthew 5:41-42 Matthew 5:41-42 41 And whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away.
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We should even love our enemies, said Jesus.  We should love them, bless them, do good for them and pray for them. (Matthew 5:44-45 Matthew 5:44-45 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
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HOW TO PRAY to God was taught by Jesus in this wonderful Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 6:5-15 Matthew 6:5-15 5 And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. 7 But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not you therefore like to them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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Jesus said we should pray to God our Father in heaven and say how much we love God and are thankful to God for all the kindness and blessings God gives to us.

He said we should prayerfully ask God to bring the Kingdom of God soon to this Earth to end all of the bad things happening.  

We need to pray that God will give His Spirit to faithful men and women in the Church of God, to preach, teach, and publish the good news message about God’s coming government on this Earth, and what we can do now to prepare.  Here is a time in our prayers we can mention people’s names who are doing a good job, and who need more of God’s loving help, strength and inspiration.

We should ask God to help us to do God’s will in our lives. It is God’s will to follow His knowledge in the Bible, God’s understanding of that knowledge, and God’s wisdom to apply it in our lives.

Here we can pray for God to help us to love God and keep God’s commandments and way of life faithfully.  We can also pray for people we know, who are sick, and ask God to bless them with healing.

Then we can ask God to help us to live each day, to study, to learn, to overcome, to work, and to play in a way that is pleasing to God.  Great blessings come from seeking to do our daily things God’s way. God gives us great favour when we do. He blesses us with a richly rewarding adventurous, exciting life.

Of course all good things come to those who love other people. So, we need to pray that God forgive us for our mistakes, foolish silly things we do, and our sins, as we should forgive other people who do bad things to us.

Very importantly, we need to ask God to make us strong to turn away from doing bad things. We pray that God will help us to have wisdom to mix with other people who are clever and good, and not silly and bad. 

Our child, we become like the company we keep”, says Grandad. “So, be very careful who you mix with and who you want to be friendly with. There are many foolish people in this world, but very few young wise people.” (1 Corinthians 15:53 1 Corinthians 15:53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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Then Jesus taught us to finish off our prayers by praising and thanking our God, remembering God as the true God, who has planned for us to be in His family in God’s Kingdom. God is glorious and all powerful, and all loving and merciful forever and ever.

We finish off our prayers always, by praying to God our loving all powerful Father in Jesus Christ’s name, and by Jesus authority as God the Son. (Matthew 6:5-15 Matthew 6:5-15 5 And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. 7 But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not you therefore like to them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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To be continued in Chapter 17…