Who is Jesus Christ, according to the Bible?

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According to the several authors who wrote the 27 "books" of the New Testament, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the World, and the long awaited Jewish Messiah.

He was born in the days of Herod Antipas in the town of Bethlehem of Judea to a woman named Mary. His father was a carpenter named Joseph.

Little is known of His childhood except that His family lived in Egypt for a short time before returning to Israel and settling in a town called Nazareth. There is also an account in the Gospel of Luke, chapter two, of a visit to Jerusalem when He was twelve.

At the supposed age of thirty, Jesus Christ began His ministry of preaching the good-news of the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven. A man called John the Baptist was baptizing Jews for repentance in the river Jordan at this time and Jesus Christ submitted Himself to John to be baptized also. Baptism was a ritual that symbolized spiritual cleansing and was formerly used to convert Gentiles to Judaism. John's baptism taught that Jews needed to repent also. After His baptism, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the wilderness where He was tempted to sin by the Devil, aka Satan.

From there He returned to Galilee and began to teach people His doctrines concerning the Law of Moses, the Takanot of the sect of the Pharisees, and how these related to entering the Kingdom of Heaven. As a Jewish Teacher, or Rabbi, He accepted twelve students, or disciples, to learn His doctrines more thoroughly than the general masses of the people. Of these twelve, three are acknowledged to have written one or more of the books of the New Testament; Peter, John, and Matthew.

Jesus also performed miracles to substantiate His teachings. Among the many miracle He performed were the healing of eleven lepers of their leprosy, healing at least two men of blindness, and raising at least two people from the dead.

About half way through His three year ministry (more on why He stopped to follow) the Jewish leaders of the nation of Israel rejected Him as their Messiah. It was at this point that Jesus stopped performing miracles publicly and declared that the only miraculous sign to be given to Israel would be sign of Jonah. It is here that Jesus begins teaching that He must die a death by crucifixion and then be raised from the dead three days later.

This knowledge disturbed His students because it went against the teaching that the Messiah would live forever.

At the age of thirty-three Jesus Christ is arrested by the Jewish and Roman authorities and charged with insurrection and heresy. Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Israel, convicts Christ of insurrection and has Him crucified outside of the city of Jerusalem on hill called Golgotha.

Jesus dies after six hours on the cross and is buried in a cave by the end of the day according to Jewish Law.

Three days later He rises from the dead and over the next forty days He seen by over five-hundred people. At the end of the forty days He bodily ascends to Heaven in the sight of His disciples where He waits until the end of the world to return and judge all men on God's behalf.

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