An Uncommon Man
Around two thousand years ago an itinerant Jewish sage called Jesus of Nazareth began a public life that reshaped both this world and the world to come.
He ate, drank, taught and offered the invitation to any who would hear: "Follow Me!" Some claim Him, many disclaim him, and few follow Him.
Who is He?
"Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." John 21:25
I do not own the last word on the teacher from Nazareth. I am simply a follower who wants to strip away some of the artificial layers to reveal the beautiful grain of His life. )
The name Jesus, (which appears in the four Greek Gospels as Iesous) would have originated in the Hebrew language. He operated in a thoroughly Jewish milieu in which friends, enemies and followers would have called Him Yeshua.
Yeshua means "to deliver, rescue, set free."
This meaning aptly describes the contours of his life : His radical teaching, His astounding acts, and His self-proclaimed identity...and the motif that permeates them all...
His Teaching: "The Truth Shall Set You Free:"
His teaching revolutionized the definition of goodness and humanity. His teaching was and still is popular even with those who are not followers, including people like Ghandi.
We uncover the very core essence and methods of His teaching, the message and nature of His parables, and discuss what He taught in passages such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer.
His Life: Acts of Restoration and a Glimpse of the World to Come
What is the real significance and context not only of Jesus on the Cross and His Resurrection, but also his full life, including His healing acts and miracles? Did He come to do eye-popping tricks or was their a deeper message that He communicated?
The Question of Identity
Who did He claim to be?
Did you know "Jesus Christ" is a statement of title more than a name?
We also find that the His birth as a man needs much more discussion and may yield some interesting ideas for how to understand and follow Him.
The Keynote of His Ministry: The Kingdom of Heaven
The seminal proclamation by both John the Baptist and this man from Nazareth Himself was "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." This thread of the Kingdom of Heaven weaves a consistent motif that He held as most important. Not only did He...
- proclaim the kingdom of Heaven, but He also
- explained it in His teaching
- illustrated it in His parables
- demonstrated it in His acts of healing, miracles, and death on the cross and resurrection.
If we want to understand Him, we must understand what He meant when He said "the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
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