The Bible is God’s message to man, and in it we have the complete revelation of “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” The center and pivot of that revelation is the record of the earthly life of our Lord, JESUS THE CHRIST, Son of God and Son of Man. All that came before was preparation for His coming; all that comes after is the explanation of His coming. The Bible is a closed book until we see Christ as the center, but when we have the “key,” both Testaments are self-interpreting. The New is in the Old contained, the Old is in the New explained; the New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed. Jesus said always, “This is done that it might be fulfilled which was written.” He was the “Word made flesh.”
The coming to earth of Jesus the Christ was an invasion from heaven, a bit of eternity projected into time: “Emmanuel, God with us.” As to time, it was only a fragment in the cycle of His eternal being, which is “without beginning of years or end of days”; but its brief span was the highest mountain peak in the vast range of divine purpose: the point toward which the whole creation moved, and from which the new creation flows, to be consummated in the highest heaven, round the very throne of God, for even there our song shall be of “the Lamb slain, Who hast redeemed us by His blood out of every kindred, tribe and nation,”
The story of His life, as given by the four Gospel writers who were “eyewitnesses of His majesty,” is as an exquisite cameo dropped down against the dark background of human history. It might he entitled “From Heaven to Earth and Back Again,” and is epitomized in the first three verses of the Epistle to the Hebrews: He came from heaven, He purged our sins, He returned to the right hand of God. At its heart are the three little words which set forth the goal and purpose of His life and ministry among men: “purged our sins.”
Innumerable books have been written on the subject, and in this course of study we have made no attempt to compete with these, or to exhaust an inexhaustible subject. Rather our aim has been to set forth the full story as given by the gospel writers themselves, harmonizing the four records so that move by move, the student may journey with our Lord throughout His earthly walk, and thus gain a more intimate association with the Son of Man in the varied events of His life and ministry, as well as a more vivid picture of the whole as it unfolds in orderly fashion, to culminate in His sacrificial death for our redemption, followed by His triumphant resurrection and ascension to glory.
Scholars have found it difficult to determine with any degree of certainty the exact chronological order of the story. For the harmony of the records, the historical background, and the chronological sequence of events we have followed the arrangement prepared by J. E. Holley, D.D. who has made a life-long study of the subject.
This manual has been prepared especially as an aid to teachers who have had no special training, yet the Bible student will find it helpful also. We have sought to avoid any dogmatic interpretations, but by suggestion, and reference to parallel Scriptures, we have endeavored to stimulate study and a searching of the Word for the deeper truths related tc the life and teachings of our Lord.
The Pupil’s Book for this course presents the text for each lesson, together with a charted relief map which keeps the time, distance, and direction of each “Move” constantly before the student. These also were prepared by Dr. Holley.
Anyone who completes this course of study will have a deep realization that he has been journeying with One who was more than man, and an entirely new conception of the reality of JESUS THE CHRIST.
—Jessie G. MacGregor.
In revising this book certain changes have been made in the text of The Twenty-Third and Forty-Seventh Moves. In addition, the maps prepared by J. E. Holley, D.D., and included in his harmony, Jesus, upon which this manual is based, have been inserted in the text at the appropriate place.
This project was suggested by Edwin H. Waldvogel, pastor of the Ridgewood Pentecostal Church, who furnished the only known available copy of this book for reproduction. Arthur Waldvogel made available the only known copy of Holley’s Jesus so that its maps might be included.
In the preparation and production of this revision, special thanks are due to John P. Munsinger, superintendent of the Ridgewood Pentecostal Sunday School, Rev. Robert D. Kalis, Anne Lane, Tessie Wahl, and my wife.
—Gordon P. Gardiner
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