They changed religion - From Jews to Christians
Sometimes we must accept a change
If you are travelling towards a place and feel quite sure it is the right road, but somebody stops you and show you on a map that you are heading in a wrong direction. What will you do? Will you protest and say: "My mom and dad always took this way and so will I." or maybe "I want to descide for myself, you do not have to correct me." The Bible is like a map for life for us all.
Since Year 1513 B.C.E. the Israelites had been Gods chosen people. They lived by the Mosaic law and did not mix relations with other nations. They were waiting fot the promised Christ to come and they knew when it was near.
What they did not know then was that this coming Christ was going to found a completely new religion for both them and the rest of the world! In order to come in a approved relationship with God they had to accept the new road to life and get baptized in Jesus name. For many it was hard but for some it was pure obedience involved. The ones who wanted Gods aproval changed religion.
The family that converted
A little more than 2000 years ago, there were a Jewish family living in the city of Naz′areth in Galilee. The husband was Joseph and the wife Mary. They were expecting a child and were very happy about this. Now the Roman Emperor Augustus wanted the population to be counted for taxes so they had to travel to their home town Bethlehem. This was a long trip for a pregnant woman but they wanted to obey the rulers of the country.
While they were there, the time came for Mary go give birth to a baby boy. The family did not return home to Nazareth now. They first stayed a while in Bethlehem and then after a serious warning from God, they travelled to Egypt. They remained there for some time until it was safe to return. They travelled up to Nazareth and settled down there.
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A Jewish family
Back in Nazareth, they settled down and Joseph continued his job as carpenter. As Jesus grew older, he was taught the carpenter profession.
After a time, Mary gave birth to more children. The Bible mention four of the boys by name and then it says that there were daughters, but not how many.
(Matthew 13:54-56) . . .“Where did this man get this wisdom and these powerful works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? . . .
So this Jewish family were at least nine people. I can imagine how good Jesus must have been towards his siblings! There is not much mentioned in the Bible about Jesus'childhood. We do know that he got a solid Jewish upbringing. Joseph taught his family about the Scriptures, prophesies and the God they worshipped - Jehovah. But when he was about 12 years of age he, as usual, went with his family to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. In those days this took place from the 14th of Nisan - the month for Easter and the following week to.
So this whole Assembley took about two weeks. When they got home it is said that Jesus grew up as an obedient child who people liked.
A major change
The son of Joseph and Mary was the so long expected Christ. So when Jesus was about 30 years old, he was baptized by John the baptizer in the river Jordan. From that moment on, he became The Christ (Greek) or Messiah (Hebr). From this day on, he started to preach about Gods Kingdom and Gods Name.
He taught his fellow Israelites about the coming Kingdom. Many with illnesses were cured and Jesus even resurrected dead people. This was to manifest that he was the son of God and that he had power from his Father. It was also a sample of what he is going to do globally once his Kingom has started to rule fully.
With guidance from his Father, Jesus chose disciples that were following him on his travels. Twelve Jewish men with very different back ground. They did not fully understand all his teachings and illustrations but stayed with him in faith. After Jesus had preached and taught three and a half year, the Jewish leaders and high priest had him killed. They executed him in spite of him being totally innocent. They hated that he openly said they were acting against God.
What would make YOU change religion?
I would convert to another religion IF:
After 400 years...the King James Bible has placed back in the proper name of God, and now it is now called "The Divine Name King James Bible". Included on some of the pages (see below) is the Hebrew "Tetragrammaton" which is where we see the 4 Hebrew letters from where we get the name of the True God in the Bible. Above are pictures taken from this new King James Bible with an explanation as to why this name was removed. Only a few translations placed this Divine name back in years ago, with the majority of other translations removing the name Jehovah. The King James translators realized that this Divine Name had to be placed back in where it belonged...almost 7000 times!
The web site for this Bible is at www.dnkjb.com
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Read the Bible daily. Read the Bible from cover to cover or study just one subject at the time. The Bible tells us about what the future will bring for men on earth.
Did Jesus family change religion?
So what did Jesus family do now? It is interesting to find, that when the first real Christian congregation was founded, Mary, Jesus mother and brothers were present!
(Acts 1:13, 14) . . .So, when they had entered, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were staying, Peter as well as John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bar·thol′o·mew and Matthew, James [the son] of Al·phae′us and Simon the zealous one, and Judas [the son] of James. 14 With one accord all these were persisting in prayer, together with some women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.
These humble people had accepted Jesus as Messiah and wanted to be his disciples! We also can see that two of these brothers were blessed by writing a book in the Bible! (James 1:1) . . .James, a slave of God and of [the] Lord Jesus Christ. . .(Jude 1) . . .Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ, but a brother of James, to the called ones who are loved in relationship with God [the] Father and preserved for Jesus Christ. . .
It seems like Joseph was already dead by this time, but the rest of the family changed religion and became followers of Christ. The Greatest man that ever lived - Messiah our Saviour!