Jesus

Who is Jesus and what do we know about him?

  • Did Jesus really exist?

    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.

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    Where in the Bible do we find out about Jesus?

     

    There are four books in the Bible that talk about Jesus' life on earth – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are at the beginning of the New Testament and are known as the Gospels. They describe what Jesus said, what he did, and also tell the stories of his birth (the Christmas story) and his death and resurrection when he came back to life (the Easter story).

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    What did Jesus say and do?

     

    The Gospels tell us that Jesus lived most of his life in Nazareth, a small town in northern Israel, where he worked as a carpenter. When he was 30, he was baptised and started his ministry – teaching people about God and performing miracles. He did this for three years.

     

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    Who were Jesus' disciples?

     

    Jesus was a religious teacher and had disciples who followed him and learnt from him. Jesus was closest to twelve disciples but the Bible also talks about a larger group of followers who he trained to do God’s work, and even mentions some women disciples.

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    What do Christians believe about Jesus?

     

    This is the biggest question about Jesus. It's the question that the Christian faith is built on. Was he a remarkable man with some great ideas who was tragically killed for his beliefs? Was Jesus just a teacher sent by God? Or was he more than these?

    Christians believe Jesus was God himself living as a person on earth. They believe that God who created the universe died on a cross to show how much He loves people.

    But does anybody know for sure who Jesus was? Really it is a matter of faith. Jesus told people about his special connection to God. His disciples – the men who spent three years following Jesus, listening to him, and watching the things he did – were convinced that he was the Son of God. They believed it so much that they spent the rest of their lives telling others and were willing to die doing so. And millions of Christians over the world today believe the same thing.

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