Bishwa Nath Singh
Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ is the main architect of Christianity and is viewed by Christians all over the world as the Holy Father in heaven and the Son of God. As per Christian belief, Jesus was the Son of God and therefore God himself and he died on the cross to pay the penalty of the sins of humankind. He had died for the salvation of human-being.
(Photo of Jesus Christ shown after his death on cross)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Jesus Christ was born a Jew in Bethlehem in the city of David and his mother Mary was married to Joseph the carpenter of Nazareth. Gabriel the angel told Mary a virgin that Jesus would be born to her by the power of the Lord. Jesus was born... in a stable and laid in a manger as Joseph and Mary were traveling at that time and there was no other place. On the birth of Jesus, an angel appeared in front of the shepherds who were tending to their flock and announced that a Savior had been born in the city of David. At an early age, Jesus and his family fled to Egypt because an angel warned Joseph in a dream of impending danger. When they returned from Egypt, they settled in Galilee, in the town of Nazareth. At the age of twelve, Jesus traveled to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph to celebrate the Feast of the Pass over. When His parents could not find Him in their group of relatives and friends on the return trip, they returned to Jerusalem and "After three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers. When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. His mother said to Him, 'Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.' 'Why were you searching for me?' he asked. 'Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?' " After that, He returned to Nazareth with them, was obedient, and continued to grow "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." At the age of nearly thirty years, he had entered into the public awareness. John the Baptist had preached of the coming Messiah, preparing the way for Jesus' ministry. John baptized Jesus, and as Jesus prayed at the time of His baptism, "heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'" . After this, Jesus went into the wilderness for a time of fasting and prayer in preparation for His ministry. Then the devil came to Him and tempted Him. Rather than succumbing to the temptations, Jesus answered with Scripture, setting a pattern for His followers to handle temptations for ages to come. He began to preach a message of repentance, and from among His followers hand-picked twelve men with whom He worked most closely, teaching them even more intensely than to the multitudes. These men have come to be known as the twelve disciples, or the apostles. The teaching and preaching of Jesus convicted, challenged, or encouraged those who heard, while some were simply entertained and others were angered. Jesus performed many miracles of healing and restoration, as well as miracles designed to teach a lesson. Several miracles of Jesus Christ have been given in the Bible which includes curing leprosy, healing the blind people and even curing a man who was possessed by demons. Jesus own resurrection is well known but the gospel also lists three incidents where Lord Jesus brought back to life dead people. The Gospel which is a writing that describes the life of Jesus also lists occasions where Jesus exercised his power and control over nature. A few of Jesus disciples went on a boat and were half way across the lake when they saw someone who was walking on the lake coming towards them. They were scared, fearing that it was a ghost but soon they saw that it was Jesus Christ himself and they calmed down. Jesus and some of his disciples were crossing the river on a boat when there was huge storm causing the waves to enter the boat and could have resulted in them being drowned. When Jesus saw this, he commanded the wind and waves to stop. Miraculously it stopped leaving the disciples in shock and amazement. The disciples were shocked and wondered how great this man is who can even control the wind and water and the fury of nature. Some of Jesus Christ quotes are as follows:” Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." "Yes I am with you always, until the very end of time" He was nailed to a cross-shaped piece of wood which is known as crucifixion. Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas and was crucified because he was accused of blasphemy. Only the most hardened criminals were crucified and Jesus was crucified between two robbers. He was beaten very mercilessly with a whip which had pieces of iron at each end causing deep cuts and wounds. A crown of thorns was placed on his head, he was struck on the head with a staff, spit on and stripped naked. The crucifixion was the worst way to die. While he was being crucified the words which Jesus said to God were "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do". Resurrection is rising back from the dead or coming back to life. After his crucifixion, Jesus once again came back to life. Over the span of forty days he appeared before many people before finally returning to heaven. The third day after the crucifixion of Jesus when he came back to life is celebrated as Easter or Easter Sunday. Christianity is a religion based on the life and teachings of Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas is an annual festival celebrated by Christians to commemorate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has been called many things by many people, including a great man, a great teacher, and a great prophet. There is no legitimate scholar today that denies that Jesus is a historic figure that walked on this earth about 2,000 years ago, that he did remarkable wonders and acts of charity, and that he died a horrible death on a Roman cross just outside Jerusalem. The only dispute is whether Jesus was God incarnate who rose from the dead three days after His crucifixion. These are all matters of historical record that can be earnestly discovered and tested. Jesus told us who He was – He didn’t mince words. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” Jesus Christ declared “I am the Way,” but clearly, not everyone believes Him. What are we all afraid of? The evidence for Jesus and His great works are well documented both in and out of the Bible. The evidence for His crucifixion on the cross, the empty tomb three days later, and His appearances to over five hundred eye-witnesses after his resurrection is very compelling. Jesus fulfilled over three hundred messianic prophecies written in the Old Testament scriptures. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the reliability of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, both of which have been proven to exist prior to the time Jesus walked on the earth, you can be assured that these prophecies were not “conspired” after-the-fact. They were truly fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ., He did not ask us to follow men and religion, He asked us to follow Him. Let us join to pay our respectful homage to Jesus Christ on the eve of Good Friday that is being observed today on the 22nd of April 2011 with hope that He will rise after two days on Sunday, the 24th of April 2011, when Easter will be celebrated with gaiety!