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.