Jesus – no matter what you think of him he is man who has shaped our history and is shaping our future.
He was born a Jew in Bethlehem, Israel. To tell you the date of his birth is simple – because in most parts of the world, our calendar still counts back to that day.
He lived most of his life in a place called Galilee
He was a carpenter
He was a teacher
He was a prophet and there are historical writings that say he performed miracles.
If that’s all there was to say about Jesus – then perhaps his life wouldn’t have been that important – but there is so much more to him than that.
In the last session we learnt that sin is the separation from God and the price of that is death. Every time we fall short of the perfection God intended for us we sin – on our own there is no way out. But because God loves us so much he realised that the only way to save us from this was to pay the price himself. He did this with the ultimate sacrifice – which starts and ends with Jesus.
See Jesus was the Son of God. Before he came to earth there were many prophecies given about a man referred to as the Messiah – the anointed one chosen by God to redeem his people.
He lived on earth as an example to us – a life without sin.
He was the Son of God living on earth – fully man, fully God.
The authorities and spiritual leaders at the time didn’t like what Jesus was claiming and eventually they worked together to have him murdered in one of the most gruesome, public deaths – a crucifixion.
It was at that point that Jesus performed His greatest miracle. Three days after being killed two women went to his tomb to find it empty and soon after many people found Jesus alive again
He faced the powers of death and overcame them to bring life.
The price he paid, the fulfilment of prophetic writings, the overcoming of death and the evil forces in our world were all done that we may no longer have eternal separation from God but an eternal relationship, eternal life.
At one point Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die”.
If you have been listening to this series on Christian Stuff and want to make a decision to follow Jesus, to have a hope and a future, then you can pray this simple prayer with me right now:
Dear God – I thank you that you created me with a purpose
I know that I do things wrong that separate me from how you intended our relationship to be but
I thank you that you sent your Son Jesus to die and overcome death to save me from my sin, and give me eternal life.
Today I make the choice to follow you.
I pray this in the name of Jesus – Amen.
Remember – God didn’t intend us to do this journey of life on our own – but as a community of people who look out for each other – so if you have any questions please get in touch with us at Be The Church.