Introduction to Jesus

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Introduction to Jesus

Who was Jesus? What do we know?

We know that Jesus lived more than 2000 years ago, in Israel, at that time an outpost of the Roman Empire. He was the son of a carpenter. He spent three years travelling locally, teaching people about God. Eventually Jesus was put on trial and executed by the Romans as a criminal.

You might think, given these credentials, that Jesus would have been long forgotten, yet this is far from the truth. Jesus has inspired the largest worldwide faith and today millions still follow him. Over the centuries he has inspired great works of literature, art, music and architecture dedicated to his honour. His teachings have set the foundation for politics and laws and what’s more, many people claim that through the presence of God, he is alive and at work in the world today.

For Christians, Jesus was God himself who had come to live among His people. Jesus followed the Jewish faith and those closest to him believed him to be the long-awaited Messiah – God’s chosen Saviour of Israel. Jesus stated that he had come so that all people could have a relationship with God, and through his life and teachings he showed people what loving God and others looked like. Christians believe that, although Jesus died on the cross, God raised him back to life three days later, and that he is still alive today. For Christians, being a follower of Jesus Christ influences every aspect of their lives from the choices they make, to the way they live, how they spend their time and their money.

In this section you can find out more about the events of Jesus’ life as the Bible tells it, and what makes him so special to Christians. What are the questions about Jesus you would like to ask?
For more information on the events of Jesus’ birth, please look at our Christmas articles in our ‘Festivals’ section.

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Introduction to Jesus Articles

John’s Prologue

What does this passage from John’s gospel suggest about Jesus?

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John’s Prologue

What does this passage from John’s gospel suggest about Jesus?

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John chapter 1 is very often known as ‘John’s Prologue’. A prologue is an opening or introduction to a bigger piece of work. In a play, the prologue is often a dramatic recitation given by the narrator that will help the audience know what to […]

John’s Prologue – analysis

What was remarkable about Jesus' arrival on earth 2000 years ago?

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John’s Prologue – analysis

What was remarkable about Jesus' arrival on earth 2000 years ago?

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The opening verses of John’s gospel is designed to paint the big picture of Jesus – who he was, what he came to do, and what it means for all people. Read the passage and comments below, and reflect on some of the questions for […]

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Who is Jesus?

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Who is Jesus?

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You could say that what Christians believe about Jesus Christ is the most important thing in the Christian faith. After all, he had a whole religion named after him! But who was he, and just why is he so special? Think about what you already […]

Judaism and Christianity

How does one Jew who believes that Jesus is the Messiah view the link between Christianity and Judaism?

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Judaism and Christianity

How does one Jew who believes that Jesus is the Messiah view the link between Christianity and Judaism?

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For many people Christianity is believed to have its roots firmly in the Jewish faith. For centuries Judaism has  believed that God is going to send a Messiah, a conquering King, who will come to bring freedom and restoration, returning the world to the way […]

Jesus is baptised

What happened at Jesus' baptism?

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Jesus is baptised

What happened at Jesus' baptism?

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Baptism was already popular in the time of Jesus. It demonstrated a person’s commitment to living God’s way rather than their own. Jesus had a cousin called John who baptised people. He was known as John the Baptist. John was a preacher. He told people […]

Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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What do we know about Jesus? How do we know about his life and work? What are the key features of Jesus’ life?

Jesus and the Christian faith

Why do Christians worship him?

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Jesus and the Christian faith

Why do Christians worship him?

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Jesus spent 3 years meeting and teaching people. When he died he left a devoted group of a few hundred followers. Today, 2 billion people worldwide call themselves Christians. What makes Jesus so central to Christians’ lives today? For many, he is seen in the […]

Jesus today

Why do people choose to follow Jesus in the 21st century?

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Jesus today

Why do people choose to follow Jesus in the 21st century?

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It’s easy to think of Jesus as somebody who lives in history books. But Jesus is really important to Christians– not just as somebody who said and did amazing things 2000 years ago but as somebody who is a friend to them today. Most Christians […]

Jesus’ life and ministry

What do Christians believe about Jesus' life and ministry?

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Jesus’ life and ministry

What do Christians believe about Jesus' life and ministry?

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Jesus’ family Perhaps one of the most famous stories about Jesus is his birth: 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 […]

Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Did Jesus really exist? Yes. The New Testament part of the Bible tells us about who Jesus was, what he did, and why. But other writings by people who weren’t Christians also talk about a man named Jesus. Roman and Jewish historians such as Josephus […]