Jesus Christ was born in Israel about 2000 years ago. He was born of the Holy Spirit and of the virgin Mary. He was God living among us as a person. He was fully man and fully God. His birth, life, mission, death and resurrection were foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament and revealed to us by the authors of the New Testament.
For about three-and-a-half years he preached the word of God, performed miracles and revealed the future. After being crucified by the Romans, he died and was buried. He was resurrected, meaning he rose to life again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated with God the Father.
Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are cleansed of our sins and we too are resurrected, to an eternal life in the Kingdom of God. The life and teachings of Jesus Christ are contained in the Bible. His followers are called Christians.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - Jesus, as quoted in John 3:16 of the Bible (NIV translation).
To learn more about Jesus, we recommend reading the Gospel of John, which is a book within the Bible. You can read it online by going to www.biblegateway.com and typing in "John 1" to read the first chapter. (There are 21 chapters total in the Gospel of John).
Click here to read more about Jesus' prophecies at http://www.aboutbibleprophecy.com/jesus.htm
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