It is very seldom that I face practical questions that are too difficult to answer. Life has taught me things... things that I came to answer with ease and without much self-interrogation. However, this question stunned me to a point that I am staring at my computer screen for almost half an hour just wondering how to start answering this question. Who is Jesus Christ for me? Having spent three years in a catholic school, joined various church choirs, and yes, even religious organizations like the Youth for Christ, it was only now that I answer this question with deep thought and reflection.
Based on the Bible and other records, I can say that Jesus Christ was born around 7 B.C. He was born of a human mother--which was Mary--in the land of Palestine. He ate and slept, he worked and prayed, he suffered and he died. Although countless efforts have been made for twenty centuries to reduce him to a mythical figure, it is hard for anyone to doubt his human existence. According to writings of the New Testament, which written by his early followers, Jesus was a descendant of David, the warrior-king of Israel. Born in Bethlehem, he was raised in Nazareth of Galilee. His birth was common in itself, although extraordinary happenings were reported as having taken place on this great event. Jesus began his ministry when he was about thirty years old, after his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. At first, onlookers noted nothing bizarre about him. Remember, for almost 90% of his life he lived as a humble carpenter. Then suddenly, with no advance warning, he began to speak with wisdom and authority. Those who knew him were surprised and shocked. Early on, the people of Nazareth excluded him from their synagogue. Opposition to him continued to grow until eventually he was put to death. Once his public career began, Jesus seemed completely absorbed in proclaiming that the Kingdom of God had come! There was a consistent singleheartedness about him. It almost...
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