On one level, a man who lived and taught in first century Israel with a public ministry of just over three years. He never travelled much outside his home country, never held any political office or power and left no descendants. At a young age, he was arrested and executed by the Jewish and Roman authorities who feared his popularity with the ordinary people.
BUT 2,000 years after his life-time, about a third of the world’s population claim to follow him and many followers of other world religions revere him as a great prophet, spiritual leader or even an incarnation of God. Atheists and humanists admire and respect the standards and authority of his moral teaching. His life has influenced the world more than any other.
So, who is Jesus?
A man who healed all the sick who were brought to him, who could make the blind see and the lame walk. Someone who could calm a storm with a word and feed thousands of people with a few loaves and fish. Who could look into the hearts of everyone he met and could raise to life a man who had been dead for four days.
A man who could challenge his enemies to find any fault in him and be met with silence and whose close friends who lived with him for three years could say that they never saw him do anything wrong.
A man whose life was predicted in every detail in hundreds of prophesies written centuries before his birth. They foretell where he would be born, where he would grow up and start his ministry, his healing power, his death and resurrection from the dead, that his hands and feet would be pierced, that he would be buried in a rich man’s tomb and even the thirty pieces of silver that would be the price of his betrayal.
A man who claimed the authority to forgive sins and who allowed himself to be worshipped.
A man who claimed that he had come to save the world from God’s anger against evil by dying as a sacrifice to pay the penalty for the sins of all humanity and that he would rise from the dead to bring new life to all who would put their trust in him.
All this may leave you with many questions. The Jesus through Asian eyes booklet seeks to give brief but clear answers to the most frequently asked questions about Jesus and if you would like to look into this further, the Discovering Jesus course gives an opportunity to explore for yourself the objective evidence of the written record of Jesus life and teaching.
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