Story of Jesus Christ
It is a Compelling Story
The story of Christ is so original and compelling that once it sinks in, it is hard to deny. It all starts with the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth and the events that surrounded it. The Virgin Mary, who was living in Galilee at the time, was engaged to marry a Jewish carpenter by the name of Joseph. One night, before they were married, an angel visited Mary and told her that she would become pregnant with a child. She would give birth to this child and then name him Jesus. Mary’s first reaction was fear. She was afraid that Joseph would no longer want her because if she were pregnant, he would think she was no longer a virgin. But the angel told her that nothing with God was impossible and so she rejoiced in her role in the Lord’s plan. Mary did indeed become pregnant, though she remained a virgin. Joseph had every right to leave Mary when he found out she was pregnant and though he thought about breaking their engagement, instead he treated her with kindness. When an angel visited Joseph in his dreams, he learned that everything Mary had told him about the baby was true. Joseph decided to obey God as well and he and Mary got married. Then, when Mary was very pregnant with the baby who would soon be named Jesus, Caesar Augustus demanded that the region take a census. That meant that everyone in the Roman Empire would have to go to his or her local town and register. Joseph and his family had to travel to Bethlehem in order to follow through with this decree. Most likely because of the census, the city was crowded and there was no room at the inn. Mary, when the time came to give birth to Jesus, had the baby in a crude stable. After Jesus was born, she wrapped him in cloth and put him into a manger. This is the widely known “Christmas story” as it is often called. The story of Jesus’ birth. But it is not even the most important part of Jesus’ story. It may be the most celebrated portion of the story, but it is certainly not the most venerated.
The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection holds much more weight in the overall Christian faith. The historical event that is deeply rooted in the past has a dynamic memory that carries through to the present and gives meaning to people of faith. The event itself took place around 30 A.D. when the world was filled with turbulence. Jesus was a compelling teacher, a leader in the religious community, and an astounding healer. He was arrested in Jerusalem and sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the cruelest forms of capital punishment in the Roman Empire. Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection are the culmination of his mission on earth. His death was his final act of unconditional and selfless love couples with service that sealed the fact that his life was completely lived for the good of others. His death was a fulfillment of many different prophesies and despite all of the opposition He faced, he remained faithful to God until the end.
Jesus story really only just begins with his death. For those within the Christian faith, his death is heroic, but it is not confined to history. Because he then raised himself from the dead and ascended into heaven three days later, God comes into the present day will full force. Jesus is not some mythical creature who died because of false crimes. He was a man who returned to his rightful place in heaven, therefore giving meaning and force to his mission. Jesus lives on in the powerful grace that he holds along with the living memory many people have of him.