The Story of Jesus, in Brief

July 28, 2003

The religion of “Christianity” is established on the life, work, death, and resurrection of a man named “Jesus of Nazareth,” as the story is told in four books of the Christian Bible, known as the “Gospels” (which means “Good News”).

According to the Bible, Jesus was a Jew who lived about two thousand years ago in the region of Israel, and who spent some three years of his adult life traveling around, teaching, preaching, and performing miracles of healing and feeding with his twelve disciples.

Although he became popular with multitudes of people around him, he also made the Jewish leaders of his day angry by the things he was preaching and doing. Jesus became so popular, in fact, and the leaders were so upset by his activities, that finally, he was betrayed by one of his own disciples to the authorities, and the Roman government put him to death by nailing him to a wooden cross outside of Jerusalem.

The story might have ended there, except that three days after he had died and been buried, he came back to his disciples, resurrected—fully and physically alive. For another forty days, Scripture says, he spent time with his disciples and commissioned them to continue in his teaching and miracles, and spreading the good news of his life, work, and resurrection to others. Finally, according to the Bible, he returned to Heaven—body and all—to be with God, where, Christians believe, he lives on and continues to be present with us forever.

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