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Jesus' Life According To The Bible - Do The Details Matter?

Updated on August 25, 2015

The Bible is the book that we go to to read about the life of Jesus Christ here on earth. There are other books that speak about Jesus' life as well. Some of them add information that the Bible does not state about His life and others dispute and contradict what the Bible says. Some people believe the other books, some believe both the Bible and the other books, and others strictly believe the Bible.

It is fair to say that Jesus' life on earth is looked at with fascination. His life is discussed regularly and the question 'What would Jesus do?' has been asked by many both in the past and in the present.

An example of the disputes that exist about Jesus and His life

Disputing The Details Of Jesus' Life - Does It Matter?

I am sure that you may have heard some of the disputes concerning the life of Jesus. There is the dispute about Jesus being a single man. Some insist that He was married and even had children even though the Bible does not say that. There is the dispute about whether He was rich or poor, and there is the dispute about whether He resurrected or even died on Calvary.

In talking to someone this week, one of these disputable topics came up. In fact, it really was the first time I had had a conversation about this particular dispute. The conversation ended with the person telling me that the details about Jesus' life did not really matter anyway. All that matters is the truth of what He did to save us.

So I got to the details matter or not?

"Jesus Walks On Water," by Ivan Aivazovsky (1888)
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The Details Given In The Bible

Some of the things we find out about Jesus through the reading of the Scripture are:

  • He was born of a virgin
  • He did not sin
  • He had brothers and sisters
  • He received gifts at His birth
  • He was baptized by His cousin, John the Baptist
  • He was born in Bethlehem
  • He lived in Egypt
  • He lived in Nazareth
  • He had many disciples
  • He healed the sick, raised the dead, and fed the hungry
  • He knew the Scriptures and taught as one who had authority
  • He rebuked the devil and refused to be tempted by him
  • He cast out evil spirits
  • He walked on water and calmed violent storms
  • He paid His taxes
  • He celebrated the festival of Passover
  • He was loved by many
  • He was hated by many
  • He taught in parables
  • He preached for three years of His adult life
  • He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, His disciple
  • His death in detail
  • He died, was buried, and rose again

Why were these things mentioned? And were they important? What does it matter where Jesus was born and who betrayed Him? Is it really important to know that He did not sin?

As usual, I searched the Bible for answers. I found them in the Old Testament.

The details of Jesus' life, who He was, where He was born, how He died, are all there as well. They are the prophesies that were made about the coming Messiah. Jesus fulfilled each one and every detail that is there in the Bible is there to prove that all prophesy concerning the Messiah was fulfilled by Him.

Consider a short list containing a few of the passages concerning the details of His life:

His virgin birth - Isaiah 7:14

His time living in Egypt - Hosea 11:1

Where He would be born - Micah 5:2

How He came to live in Egypt - Jeremiah 31:15

His baptism of the Holy Spirit - Isaiah 11:2

His teaching in parables - Psalm 78:2

The betrayal that would lead to His death - Zechariah 11

His forerunner, John the Baptist - Isaiah 40:3

The details of His death - Psalm 22

His resurrection - Psalm 49:15

It is my conclusion that the details of Jesus' life do matter. They were added to the Gospels so that the evidence of His Kingship would be there for all to see. However, other details of His life that were not mentioned in the Gospel and are not proven to be true, can and often do take away from the glory of God. Many of these details of Christ's life outside of the Bible completely contradict the prophecies concerning Him and so discredit who He is.Since as Christians, we need to know who Christ is in order to follow Him, the best place to know about Him is the Bible. Though outside stories and rumors may be enticing, they cannot be counted on as real details and can take away from the details that are true and testify of His holiness.

As said in the book, 'In His Steps' by Charles Sheldon, 'We must first know Jesus before we can imitate Him.'



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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Jackie Lynnley,

      I agree, I too will not listen to something that denies the spotlessness of the Lamb of God. Bible Scholars who say things that are not in the Bible and cause people to believe their words are in the hands of God just as we are. He will see to them, indeed He will.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. It is deeply appreciated.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It breaks my heart to hear Bible Scholars say things that are not in the bible, for many will believe them. I think such things as customs of the time can help us see why writers of the Bible said certain things but even then they may go on to say "but if there is any argument about it we have no such custom" (speaking of hair length) etc. I won't listen to anything suggesting Jesus was not what we know He is. Perfect, spotless and our Savior.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      God bless you North Wind, and I love your hub name and where you are from (just as other Sons and Daughters of the King, "The World (for now)" love it!!! It will be a most wonderful day when He comes to take us home to our real home (not this world). In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Faith Reaper - Yes, Jesus existed in the beginning and He was spoken of by the prophets in the Old Testament for one does not speak to God and not hear about His Son. He is well pleased with Him and it warms my heart to know this. What love the Father has for the Son! It is a glorious revelation for it is because of this love we are redeemed.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent, excellent hub of His truths. Amen! I am thrilled you pointed out the facts from the Old Testament, as most tend to only think of the New Testament when it comes to Jesus. We know at age 30 is when He began His healings, etc., and that was after being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Yes, all scripture is God breathed, and so if it is not in there, then there a reason, which we will all find out when we gather together at Jesus' knee for eternity! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi skye2day!

      You are so right, we have an eternity to learn about Jesus and His childhood from Jesus Himself. I do look forward to that very much. It is nice to see you around too. Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

      God's blessings be on you and yours.

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Northwind Thank You thank You!! What a great read. Well we will have eternity and Jesus can tell us of His Childhood. I loved the point you made if it is not written in the word of God, it is from man and not to be trusted. It is so nice to stop by and see you. I do pray all is well with you and yours. Hugs Northwind. Keep going U will Phil 4:13 Hugs galore

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi TripleAMom,

      Thanks for reading. I have found that the Old and New Testaments tend to back each other up and each seems to confirm what the other says.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      This is very good. Well researched. Thanks for providing the scripture references as well to the old testament. Voted up and looking forward to following you to read more.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi C.J.!

      Great questions! I agree with your conclusions as well - His bride is the church and the saints are His children.

      Thanks be to God and all glory be and honor to Him as well!

      God bless and keep you.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

      Another great read, North Wind. You must be butter, because you are on a roll! :0)

      Well, if Jesus was married, his widow didn't show up to His crucifiction and neither did His children.

      Personally, I cannot see how a man could be married and not be tempted to sin, in one way or another. :0)

      If Jesus had children, are they also devine?

      I think when one considers these questions and others, it becomes clear that Jesus was neither married nor fathered any children. His bride is the church and the saints are His children.

      Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

      P.S. Voted up and awesome!!!

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi genaea,

      Amen. "Open to only what is true," that is a good way to think. The efforts to discredit Jesus are many but there is nothing and no one who can take away the throne from Him. He is the Righteous One who makes a way where there is no way.

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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      genaea 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I spoke about the fact that it takes faith in something to believe whatever, just this week. Faith to believe in spite of not seeing is what is required. Thanks for calling a spade a spade. Distraction is just what the arguments to discredit Jesus set out to be. I believe the bible. Nothing else matters. Some call it closed minded, I call it open only to what is true.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Michele, Thank you for reading. I always look forward to hearing from you. He is amazing indeed and to know Him is to love Him. Thank you again.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      North Wind thank you for writing this hub. It is wonderful. So many times we just think of our jobs, money, the elections..etc. We do need to know the details of Jesus. That is the way to know Him. To really know Him. He died so we could be forgiven of our sins! He is so amazing! We need to remember, there is so much we need to remember and know. Thank you for this hub.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Chris Neal,

      Thank you for reading and for your comment! I am glad that we are on the same wavelength concerning this matter. It is good to know that.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Dave Mathews,

      Thank you very much for reading. I believe as well that the Bible is the one authoritative text about the Lord.

      I appreciate you input to my hubs very much.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Hyphenbird,

      Yes I do agree that distraction is one of the tools that Satan uses and people do fall prey to it quite easily. That is why He said to keep our eyes on Him so that we will not be distracted by the things of this world and vain arguments.

      I am glad you liked it, Hyphenbird.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi teaches12345,

      I think we would all like to know more about it. It is the curiosity that is wrought within us, I suppose. The fact that the Lord is our Savior is so overwhelmingly beautiful to begin with, it is a detail that can take one a lifetime to think over.

      Thank you so much for reading.

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      Chris Neal 5 years ago from Fishers, IN

      I love this hub! I couldn't have said it better myself! This was a great, thoughtful Hub!

      Voted up and shared!

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      North Wind: Thank you for this writing it is most informative. Indeed there are other books that will give mention to Jesus. As a Christian, which is a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and His teachings, I believe that the Holy Bible is the one text written to hold the Word of Almighty God, God's teachings and the teachings of Jesus Christ, God's son, also referred to as

      "The Word". In other words, what I am saying is that the Holy Bible is the main and one authoratative text about God and Jesus God's Son.

      As for the details of Jesus life. Since there are time gaps about Jesus life on earth, in order to justify things reported, every little bit of information, that can be attached to Jesus presence, serves to substantiate him being on earth and the deeds he did for man, so "Yes" the details are important, if only for that point itself.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I agree that the details are important. Every word in the Bible was placed there for a reason and that makes it matter to us. I believe one of Satan's greatest weapons is distraction. He uses people to invent miscellaneous details about the Bible, Jesus, etc. to keep them away from the important truths. The more people argue and delve into non-biblical trivia, the less they learn and they waste their lives. It is sad. Thank you North Wind for this lovely article.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I only wish the Bible would have included more details of his personal life. For instance, would be interesting to know how his childhood went with his earthly family. Enjoyed the read on your hub and thanks for the encouragement. Voted up!