Also called Jesus Christ. This is quite possibly the most famous person in the history of the world in human terms. In divine terms, He is the maker of the history of the world, all worlds, and of life the universe and everything.
Identity and Birth
He was born roughly 2,000 years ago give or take 50 or so years. The circumstances surrounding his birth were almost immediately the source of much controversy and aggravation, as his mother, Mary, claimed that she was still a virgin while great with child. Further, she claimed the child inside of her belonged to God.
This was not a popular claim, nor did it go over well with the woman’s intended husband, a carpenter named Joseph, who also lived in Nazareth. Being a religious man, he felt conflicted between what he would have considered to be a blasphemous claim and the fact that he did not want to further shame his betrothed. He was set to end the relationship quietly, but prior to carrying out that decision an angel appeared to him and confirmed Mary’s story. Not one to argue with the messengers of the God he loved, Joseph found it in his best interest not to protest and to marry Mary immediately.
If the circumstances surrounding his birth were controversial and hard to believe, one should consider the reality that truth is stranger than fiction, and also note that the death of this great man was more absurd and controversial than his birth. To explain both of these and many of his other teachings and prophesies, Jesus claimed He was God, and quite likely proved it by rising from the dead three days after his brutal death by crucifixion.
In between His life and His death, Jesus shook up the religious establishment of the day, annoyed some officials in the world’s most notable superpower at the time, healed those who came to Him needing healing, scolded the religious and dined with some of the most wretched people the world has ever known.
Resurrection and Purpose
Chief among his actions was the forgiveness of sins, which no other human has claimed power to do. Again, it is quite possible that his claims to forgive sin were true, as He was quite possibly divine, being that He could will Himself back to life. Naysayers have discounted the claims of his resurrection based on the flawed assumption that such an act is impossible for a deity.
However, he walked around for 40 days (or a long period of time depending on one’s interpretation) after his rising teaching his followers, leaving footprints and ascending into Heaven in front of multiple witnesses.
Still, doubt exists. No matter. The writers of this guide assure its readers that Jesus claims were true. Being that there is no body to be found and yet multiple witnesses to the fact that Jesus of Nazareth did in fact live, the writers of this guide must conclude He rose from the dead until evidence to the contrary is found.