Profile of Jesus Christ, the Central Figure in Christianity

Jesus Christ
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Jesus of Nazareth—he is the Christ, the "Anointed One," or the "Messiah." The name "Jesus" is derived from the Hebrew-Aramaic word "," meaning "Yahweh [the Lord] is salvation." The name "Christ" is actually a title for Jesus. It comes from the Greek word "Christos," meaning "the Anointed One," or "Messiah" in Hebrew.

Jesus is the central figure in Christianity. His life, message, and ministry are chronicled in the four of the .

Most Bible scholars agree that Jesus was a Jewish teacher from Galilee who performed many of and deliverance. He called 12 Jewish men to follow him, working closely with them to train and prepare them to carry on the ministry.

Jesus Christ was in Jerusalem by order of , the Roman governor, for claiming to be the King of the Jews. He three days after his death, appeared to his disciples, and then ascended into heaven.

His life and death provided the atoning sacrifice for the of the world. The man was separated from God through 's sin but reconciled back to God through Jesus Christ's sacrifice. He will , the church, and later return at his to judge the world and establish his eternal kingdom, thus fulfilling .

Accomplishments

Jesus Christ's accomplishments are too numerous to list. He was conceived of the and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life. He turned , healed many sick, blind and lame people, he forgave sins, he to feed thousands on more than one occasion, he delivered the demon-possessed, he , he calmed the stormy sea, he raised children and adults from death to life. Jesus Christ proclaimed the of the .

He laid down his life and was . He descended into and took the keys of death and hell. He 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 . These are just a few of his extraordinary accomplishments.

Strengths

Though difficult to understand, the Bible teaches and Christians believe that Jesus is God, or , "God with us." Jesus Christ has always existed and has always been God (John 8:58 and 10:30).

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Weaknesses

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 1:1,14; Hebrews 2:17; Philippians 2:5-11).

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Life Lessons

Once again, the lessons from Jesus Christ's life are too numerous to list. Love for mankind, sacrifice, humility, purity, servanthood, obedience, and devotion to God are some of the most important lessons that his life exemplified.

Hometown

Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea and grew up in .

Referenced in the Bible

Jesus is mentioned more than 1200 times in the New Testament. His life, message, and ministry are recorded in the four : , , , and .

Occupation

Jesus' earthly father, , was a carpenter, or skilled craftsman by trade. Most likely, Jesus worked alongside his father Joseph as a carpenter. In the book of Mark, chapter 6, verse 3, Jesus is referred to as a carpenter.

Family Tree

Heavenly Father -
Earthly Father -
Mother -
Brothers - James, Joseph, Judas and Simon (Mark 3:31 and 6:3; Matthew 12:46 and 13:55; Luke 8:19)
Sisters - Not named but mentioned in Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3.

: Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-37.

Key Verses

John 14:6
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus ...