The person to whom that name was first revealed was Joseph: a carpenter, a humble man, a working man, unknown and undistinguished except by the justice of his character. It is not, therefore, a title to be monopolized by princes, sages, priests, warriors or men of wealth. It is a name to be made a household word among common people! It is the beginning of hope and the end of despair! Let the sinner hear of the Savior, and he forgets to die!
He hopes to live! He rises out of the deadly lethargy of his hopelessness and, looking upward, he sees a reconciled God and no longer fears. At the time when the name was given, His full person had not been seen by mortal eyes, for He lay as yet concealed. But soon He came forth, having been born of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. A matchless man, He bears our nature but not our corruption!
He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, but in His flesh there is no sin! The name of Jesus is a name divinely ordered and expounded. Our Lord has other names of office and relationship, but this is His own personal name. The name is the highest, brightest and noblest of names.
It is the glory of our Lord to be a Savior. To the best that was ever born of woman, God has given the best name that any son of man could bear. Jesus is the most appropriate name that our Lord could receive. He lived a sinless life. He turned water into wine , healed many sick, blind and lame people, he forgave sins, he multiplied fish and loaves of bread to feed thousands on more than one occasion, he delivered the demon-possessed, he walked on water , he calmed the stormy sea, he raised children and adults from death to life.
Jesus Christ proclaimed the good news of the Kingdom of God. He laid down his life and was crucified. He descended into hell and took the keys of death and hell. He resurrected from the dead. Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the world and purchased the pardon of men. He restored man's fellowship with God, opening the way to eternal life. These are just a few of his extraordinary accomplishments. Though difficult to understand, the Bible teaches and Christians believe that Jesus is God, or Immanuel , "God with us.
For more information about Christ's divinity, visit this study of the doctrine of the Trinity. Also difficult to understand, yet the Bible teaches and most Christians believe, Jesus Christ was not only fully God, but full man. He became a human being so that he could identify with our weaknesses and struggles, and most importantly so that he could give his life to pay the penalty for our sins John ,14; Hebrews ; Philippians Jesus grew up in Galilee and much of his ministry took place there.
Modern scholars agree that Jesus was a Jew of 1st-century Palestine. The New Testament describes Jesus wearing tzitzit —the tassels on a tallit —in Matthew  and Luke — The Christ myth theory is the hypothesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed; or if he did, that he had virtually nothing to do with the founding of Christianity and the accounts in the gospels. Apart from his own disciples and followers, the Jews of Jesus' day generally rejected him as the Messiah, as do the great majority of Jews today.
Christian theologians, ecumenical councils , reformers and others have written extensively about Jesus over the centuries. Christian sects and schisms have often been defined or characterized by their descriptions of Jesus. Meanwhile, Manichaeans , Gnostics , Muslims, Baha'is, and others have found prominent places for Jesus in their religions. Jesus is the central figure of Christianity. These documents outline the key beliefs held by Christians about Jesus, including his divinity, humanity, and earthly life, and that he is the Christ and the Son of God. The New Testament states that the resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith 1 Corinthians — Most Christians believe that Jesus was both human and the Son of God.
However, the doctrine of the Trinity is not universally accepted among Christians. Christians revere not only Jesus himself, but also his name. Devotions to the Holy Name of Jesus go back to the earliest days of Christianity. Judaism rejects the idea of Jesus being God,  or a mediator to God, or part of a Trinity.
Judaic criticism of Jesus is long-standing. The Talmud, written and compiled from the 3rd to the 5th century AD,  includes stories that since medieval times have been considered to be defamatory accounts of Jesus. Medieval Hebrew literature contains the anecdotal "Episode of Jesus" known also as Toledot Yeshu , in which Jesus is described as being the son of Joseph, the son of Pandera see: Episode of Jesus. The account portrays Jesus as an impostor.
Islamic texts emphasize a strict notion of monotheism tawhid and forbid the association of partners with God, which would be idolatry. The Quran describes the annunciation to Mary Maryam by an angel that she is to give birth to Jesus while remaining a virgin. It calls the virgin birth a miracle that occurred by the will of God. To aid in his ministry to the Jewish people, Jesus was given the ability to perform miracles , by permission of God rather than by his own power. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has several distinct teachings about Jesus.
Ahmadis believe that he was a mortal man who survived his crucifixion and died a natural death at the age of in Kashmir , India and is buried at Roza Bal. In Christian Gnosticism now a largely extinct religious movement ,  Jesus was sent from the divine realm and provided the secret knowledge gnosis necessary for salvation. Most Gnostics believed that Jesus was a human who became possessed by the spirit of "the Christ" at his baptism. This spirit left Jesus' body during the crucifixion, but was rejoined to him when he was raised from the dead. Some Gnostics, however, were docetics , believed that Jesus did not have a physical body, but only appeared to possess one.
Some Hindus consider Jesus to be an avatar or a sadhu. For example, Richard Dawkins has called him "a great moral teacher". Some of the earliest depictions of Jesus at the Dura-Europos church are firmly dated to before The depiction of Christ in pictorial form was highly controversial in the early church. Although large images are generally avoided, few Protestants now object to book illustrations depicting Jesus. The Transfiguration was a major theme in Eastern Christian art, and every Eastern Orthodox monk who had trained in icon painting had to prove his craft by painting an icon depicting it.
Before the Protestant Reformation, the crucifix was common in Western Christianity. It is a model of the cross with Jesus crucified on it. The crucifix became the central ornament of the altar in the 13th century, a use that has been nearly universal in Roman Catholic churches since then. Jesus appears as an infant in a manger feed trough in Christmas creches, which depict the Nativity scene.
The total destruction that ensued with the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 made the survival of items from 1st-century Judea very rare and almost no direct records survive about the history of Judaism from the last part of the 1st century through the 2nd century. However, throughout the history of Christianity a number of relics attributed to Jesus have been claimed, although doubt has been cast on them. The 16th-century Catholic theologian Erasmus wrote sarcastically about the proliferation of relics and the number of buildings that could have been constructed from the wood claimed to be from the cross used in the Crucifixion.
Some relics, such as purported remnants of the Crown of Thorns , receive only a modest number of pilgrims, while the Shroud of Turin which is associated with an approved Catholic devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus , has received millions,  including popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about Jesus of Nazareth.
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See also: Sayings of Jesus on the cross and Crucifixion eclipse. See also: Overview of resurrection appearances in the Gospels and Paul table. Main article: Early Christianity. See also: Biblical criticism. Main article: Sources for the historicity of Jesus. See also: Josephus on Jesus and Tacitus on Christ. A edition of the works of Josephus, a 1st-century Roman-Jewish historian who referred to Jesus . Main article: Chronology of Jesus. See also: Anno Domini. Main article: Historicity of Jesus. See also: Brothers of Jesus.
Main article: Historical Jesus. Further information: Language of Jesus and Race and appearance of Jesus. Main article: Christ myth theory. Main article: Religious perspectives on Jesus. Main articles: Jesus in Christianity , Christ title , and Christology. Main article: Judaism's view of Jesus. See also: Jesus in the Talmud. Main article: Jesus in Islam. See also: Criticism of Jesus. Main article: Depiction of Jesus. Main article: Relics associated with Jesus. Watts state that the crucifixion of Jesus is as certain as any historical fact can be.
Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd say that non-Christian confirmation of the crucifixion of Jesus is now "firmly established". Muslims believe that she conceived her son miraculously by the command of God. Joseph was from these perspectives the acting adoptive father. Burridge states: "There are those who argue that Jesus is a figment of the Church's imagination, that there never was a Jesus at all. I have to say that I do not know any respectable critical scholar who says that any more". Price does not believe that Jesus existed, but agrees that this perspective runs against the views of the majority of scholars.
Dunn calls the theories of Jesus' non-existence "a thoroughly dead thesis". Van Voorst states that biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of non-existence of Jesus as effectively refuted. These units were later moved and arranged by authors and editors. Some material has been revised and some created by early Christians. His followers came to believe he was the promised Messiah and later split away from Judaism to found Christianity.
Acts , but for the most part he displays little interest in the details of Jesus' earthly life and ministry. The fact that Jesus existed, that he was crucified under Pontius Pilate for whatever reason and that he had a band of followers who continued to support his cause, seems to be part of the bedrock of historical tradition. If nothing else, the non-Christian evidence can provide us with certainty on that score. Meier states that Jesus' birth year is c. Or if he did, he had virtually nothing to do with the founding of Christianity.
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