The Man
Jesus
Some people say Jesus was a great man, a good man, a famous man, others say he was a healer, a preacher, a teacher, a prophet, the Son of God. Whatever people say about Jesus, there’s no denying that he’s one of the most famous people ever to set foot on the earth!

Christians believe that Jesus was born more than 2000 years ago to fulfil God’s promise to sort out the breakdown in relationship between man and God (see Genesis 1-3). God promised to send a ‘messiah’ to rescue and sort out this breakdown. There are many examples of God’s promise through prophecies in the Old Testament (have a look at 2 Samuel 7 vs 11-15, Isaiah 9 vs 2-7 and Isaiah 53).

These prophecies pointed towards a king coming who would rule over everything and conquer evil. People expected a regal king and so, when Jesus was born in a smelly stable in Bethlehem, it wasn’t what people expected and few realised who he was. But this was all part of God’s plan (look again at Isaiah 53). Jesus was to be a servant, compared to a sacrificial lamb, taking the blame for the things everyone else had done wrong.

Jesus lived a quiet life to begin with, having to live as a refugee in Egypt shortly after being born to escape Herod’s decree to kill him. Apart from the story of Jesus at the temple at Passover when he was 12, we don’t know much else about his childhood, except that he grew in wisdom and astonished all those who heard him speak about God.

The rest of the gospels talk about Jesus’ life and ministry and his calling of and teaching the disciples. Throughout this time, Jesus taught about the kingdom of God and the fact that one day, he would be taken from them. The climax of this time, the last week of Jesus’ life on earth, is the focus of ‘This Man Called Jesus’, a story of betrayal, love, sacrifice, sadness and overwhelming joy.

If you want to find out more about Jesus, have a look at www.rejesus.co.uk – it’s full of information, including a time-line of Jesus’ life, definitions of words such as ‘Christ’ and information about historical evidence for Jesus.