Jesus of Nazareth preached in Israel about God, eternal life and establishing the Kingdom of God on earth during the time of Augustus. Jesus walked with his disciples for three years as a teacher, a mentor and a friend instructing them on spiritual life.
He claimed and believed to be the ‘Son of God’ regarded as such by his disciples who witnessed many of his miracles, some of which were; restoring sight to a blind man, healing the lame and raising Lazarus from the dead.
His key teachings were about; God, salvation, redemption, love, compassion, faith, eternal life, baptism, temptation, forgiveness, holiness, repentance, sincerity and the kingdom of God.
Christianity was birthed in a very hostile environment where Jesus was seen as an antagonistic leader of a cult threatening the very existence of the Jewish priesthood. His disciples viewed Jesus as being divine as well as human which made the Jews even more hostile against him.
Jesus said things like, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus was tried and crucified by the Romans for blasphemy. His body was prepared for burial and placed in a rich man’s tomb. A Roman seal was placed on the tomb giving nobody a chance of stealing the body against the might of the roman army.
Jesus’ Death Was Foretold
Psalm 22:16-18: “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
Jesus Rose from the Dead
Three days later the stone covering the grave with the Roman seal was found rolled away.
The women go back to the find the stone rolled away & Angels announce the Resurrection – Luke 24
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
The resurrected Jesus appears to his Mary Magdalene – John 20:11-18
Jesus appeared to Mary, however she didn’t recognise him. She was crying over Jesus death.
Jesus spoke to her saying, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Mary thought He must be the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where, and I will take Him!” Jesus said, “Mary!” Then she recognised Him and exclaimed, “Master!”
Jesus Appears to the Apostles – John 20:19-23That same Sunday evening most of the apostles were together and Jesus appeared among them.
He Appeared to Thomas who is known to this day as ‘Doubting Thomas’- John 20: 24-31,
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Ascension of Jesus – Acts 1:6-11
Others witnessed Jesus being taken up to heaven in physical form.
As Promised, the Holy Spirit Comes – Acts 2
The day of Pentecost when the Holy spirit falls on all men who start speaking in tongues.
The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Christians believe that we too will rise with him. We are made in Gods likeness – A three fold being of mind, body and spirit! To get to heaven, we have to be born again of the Spirit and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'” – John 3:3.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” – Romans 10:9.
Get connected with a Christian Church, join a bible study group and grow in the faith. He died for all mankind – so come as you are!
By Sandra Ciminelli