Who is Jesus?

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Jesus is arguably the most famous person to have ever lived. He was born about 4 B.C. to Jewish parents Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. Jesus has many names, such as Messiah, Christ, and Emmanuel. Christians view Jesus as the Savior, although other religions view him mainly as a prophet.

The story of Jesus' life is told mostly in the Gospels, which are the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible. Jesus is believed by Christians to fulfill the prophecy of the Old Testament Bible concerning the coming of a Messiah. Jesus' life is also portrayed differently in the Gnostic Gospels and other books that were left out of the Bible.

Jesus was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist in about A.D. 30; this event marked the beginning of Jesus' ministry. After that, Jesus' whole ministry is believed to have lasted for three years. Jesus had a unique tolerance for children, women, and outcasts. He taught mostly in parables. His "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7) is probably his most famous preaching. In it, Jesus begins by listing the blessed, including those poor in spirit, mourning, and meek

Jesus was known for miraculous healings, even bringing friend Lazarus back to life after four days in the tomb. Jesus was also known for making the blind see; feeding the multitudes from next to nothing; and calming the seas. His revolutionary teachings brought him to the quick attention of Jewish authorities who plotted to have him killed.

The crucifixion of Jesus in A.D. 33 is viewed by Christians as Jesus dying for our sins. Christians celebrate Easter to mark the resurrection, and believe Jesus is alive today. The evidence of this is that no body has been found; and that the grave clothes in which he had been wrapped were found not disturbed. According to the Bible, Jesus appeared to his disciples and to Mary Magdalene several times after his death, for about six weeks. Then Jesus said he was going back to be with God and disappeared.

Jesus said he was coming back at a time no one knows; this anticipated event is called the Second Coming. Those that believe in this event expect he will then judge the world, and separate those who love God from those who don't. A description of what may happen in these times is given in the book of Revelation.

During atleast part of his adult life, Jesus lived in Galilee, in the town of Capernaum. In recent times, archaeologists have found remains of a synagogue there. But during his ministry, Jesus referred to himself as having nowhere to lay his head (Luke 9:58). Jesus lived a basically homeless lifestyle as he traveled widely with his following, including Mary Magdalene and the twelve disciples, in order to preach and heal, and to reach as many as possible with his central message that faith in him would bring everlasting life.

submitted by Mac Millan