The extraordinary claim at the heart of Christianity is that the Creator of the universe has entered creation in order to overcome evil with good.

The Bible is the record of the most important human encounters with God that have taken place in history. The first two thirds of the Bible, what we call the Old Testament, tells the story of the people of Israel.  God liberated them from slavery in Egypt, and gave them the Ten Commandments and other laws to live by. God continued to speak to the nation and to the world through their prophets and poets.

Then, after preparing the ground for many centuries, God, the Creator, came in person. Jesus of Nazareth is, so Christians believe, the human embodiment of God. It is this astounding belief that makes Christianity unique, and on it Christianity stands or falls!

C. S. Lewis said this:

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

We can read about Jesus and his amazing life in Israel 2000 years ago, in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which form the heart of the New Testament, the final third and most important part of the Bible. The gospels were written within a generation of Jesus’ life, and are based on the testimony of those who knew him the best.

The following video clip features Roman Catholic bishop and teacher Robert Barron. In it he reflects upon the awesome figure of Jesus of Nazareth.