The best way to learn about Jesus is to read the bible. The Gospels are the first four books in the New Testament and tell the “good news” of Jesus Christ. They were written in the first century A.D. and were based upon eyewitness accounts of Jesus’s life.
Jesus was born about 4 or 5 B.C. The nation of Israel had been under foreign occupation almost continuously since the seventh century B.C., and the Jews fought to maintain national identity. Every faithful Jew kindled the hope that one day Messiah would appear and provide salvation for the nation by overthrowing Roman rule. Messiah is a Hebrew word meaning “the anointed one”.
The bulk of the Gospel accounts is devoted to the three years that Jesus spent ministering around the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. They tell us of the life and teachings of a unique person. Jesus, the Gospels explain, demonstrated his divine powers by healing the sick, blind and lame; by raising the dead; by walking on water and calming a storm at sea. Jesus’ teaching lacked the exacting legalism and piousness that characterized so much of contemporary Judaism. He became tremendously popular among the masses in Galilee.
Throughout his ministry Jesus kept pointing the people to himself. The masses wanted a political leader. The religious establishment wanted their positions of power and piety recognized. Jesus pandered to neither group.
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