About 2000 years ago a man named Jesus was born in the town of
Bethlehem in the land of Israel. He was unique. He was fully God and yet fully
human. God had allowed himself to be born as a man so that he could live and
suffer among us, to serve as the perfect atonement for our sin, and to offer
forgiveness and salvation to anyone who believes.
His birth, mission, death and
resurrection were foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament of the Bible and
revealed to us by the writers of the New Testament.
Jesus lived among his
fellow Jews during a time when the boundaries of the Roman Empire included the
land of Israel. He preached and performed miracles for three-and-a-half years
until he was crucified by the Romans. He died on a wooden cross and was buried
in a tomb.
But his life did not end in death. Jesus Christ was
resurrected. And because he was perfect, he is able to open the doors to the
Kingdom of God. And because he was sinless, he is able to forgive us our sins so
that we too can be accepted into the Kingdom of God.
Jesus explains this
in a passage of the Bible called John 3:16, when he said: “For God so loved the
world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life.”
The following is an overview of the life
and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The virgin Mary is told she’ll give birth to Jesus
(see Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25) Read online
The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke
explain the virgin birth of Jesus. Mary was engaged to a
man named Joseph but not yet married. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and
announced that she would have a son who would be named Jesus and who would be
called the Son of God. Here is the NIV translation of Luke
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth,
a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a
descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said,
“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with
God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the
name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The
Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over
the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this
be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. – Luke