The Life of Jesus Christ

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity states that God is the union of three divine persons - the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son, Jesus Christ.

No other figure in the Christian religion has been quoted, interpreted, painted or followed like Jesus Christ, its central figure. The name “Jesus” is a Greek version of the Hebrew name “Joshua”, meaning “God Saves”, and the name “Christ” is a translation of the Greek term for “Messiah”, which means “anointed one”. This is a fitting title for the individual who elevated humanity and changed the face of religion in the modern world; whose timeless lessons are still being taught today, over 2000 years following his death.

The Gospel of Luke gives an account of an angel named Gabriel visiting Mary, a virgin, and telling her that she was chosen to bear the son of God by a miracle of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was born shortly thereafter in Bethlehem, then taken to Egypt immediately to avoid the “Massacre of the Innocents”, an order given by King Herod commanding that all children less than two years old be put to death.
Upon the death of King Herod, Jesus was taken to Nazareth where he spent his childhood. A bright and inquisitive child, he often visited the temple and had a great interest in talking about the scriptures.

According to the Bible, in his early adulthood, he went to a solitary place where he fasted, prayed and meditated for forty days. Afterwards he was baptized by John in the Jordan river, marking the establishment of his ministry which spanned three years. His time was spent chiefly preaching morals; performing miracles, such as exorcisms, walking on water and raising people from the dead; and teaching elevated views of the purpose of man.

It was on the Sermon of the Mount where he gave his most famous teachings, including the Golden Rule, the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. At the height of his ministry he attracted huge crowds numbered in the thousands, primarily in the areas of Galilee and Jordan. He introduced the concept of unconditional love (agape), faith, service, humility and how the forgiveness of sin will ensure everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.

His preaching appealed to people from all walks of life, as he used parables to illustrate the meaning of his words, making his teachings easy to comprehend. It was this method that won him many disciples, from which he chose 12 and referred to them thereafter as his Apostles, whose main objectives were to continue his work and spread his word.

His reputation grew throughout Ancient Israel and beyond, and he became known as a social reformer, teaching a higher level of morality than what currently existed in Jewish law, often putting himself in opposition to the Jewish authorities both in the synagogue and the Temple. His final entry into Jerusalem on “Palm Sunday” had the crowds hailing him as the “Messiah”, waving palm leaves as a gesture of welcome.

Shortly thereafter he was arrested and found guilty by the Jewish authorities and sent to the Roman court where he was charged with sedition for claiming to be the king of the Jews. His punishment, death by crucifixion, took place the following Friday. Whilst on the cross on Mount Cavalry, he prayed for forgiveness for all the sins of mankind.

The sites associated with the life of Jesus still stand today, such as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the city of Nazareth, where he was born and raised. Sites associated with his adulthood include The Sermon of the Mount; Mount Zion, the location of the Last Supper; Gethsemane, where he suffered the Agony and was taken prisoner; Via Dolorasa, the path he took while carrying the cross to Mount Cavalry and the Garden Tomb, where he was laid to rest.

The simple act of breathing the air in the Holy Land is a spiritual experience, along with feeling the warm light of the landscape during a sunset. To see things as Jesus saw them is a divine experience and blessing; a dream incarnate, and the opportunity of a lifetime.