Jesus

 

The amazing 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 significant encounters between human beings and God.

The first part of the Bible is commonly known as the Old Testament. It tells the story of the people of Israel and their relationship with God. 

God spoke to their forefather Abraham.

God liberated them from slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses.

God 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 came in person. Jesus of Nazareth was and is the human embodiment of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

 

One of the titles given to Jesus in the gospels is ‘Immanuel’.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23)

Jesus was and is God with us.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form… (Colossians 2:9)

Christians call God becoming human, ‘the Incarnation’. It is this astounding belief that makes Christianity unique, and on it, Christianity stands or falls!

The writer C. S. Lewis once said:

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

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

  

 

The life of Jesus in Israel 2000 years ago is recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. 
 
These gospels form the heart of the New Testament – the second 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.
 
Luke introduces his account of Jesus’ life with these words:

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)

 

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