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Lord Jesus: A Messenger of Love and Faith

Lord Jesus, the messiah who incarnated to redeem mankind, and lead us to the path of bliss and love, was born approximately 2,000 years ago. The Lord was born to Joseph, a carpenter by profession, and Mary, his faithful wife. Mother Mary had conceived the Lord with God’s grace. An angel had appeared to her and revealed facts about the birth of the Lord -- who was to be the “King of Kings” and the “Savior of Saviors.”

The Birth. While on their way to Bethlehem to register for a census, Mary gave birth to a beautiful child. She laid him on a manger because there was no room at any inn. On arrival of the Lord, shepherds visited Jesus in Bethlehem. Later, three wise men brought gifts for Jesus. They informed Herod, a wicked king, that Jesus would rule Israel one day. On hearing this, Herod sent soldiers to kill all the children born in Bethlehem. An angel, however, warned Joseph and Mary beforehand and they escaped to Egypt. After Herod died, they returned to Israel and raised Jesus in Nazareth.

His Apostles. Jesus had many friends, including John the Baptist and 12 disciples. John lived in the wilderness baptized people in the holy river to obtain forgiveness for sins. Although Jesus had never sinned, he was baptized by John. When Jesus came up from the water, the Holy Spirit descended and God spoke, saying, “This is my beloved son.” Jesus had 12 disciples from varied backgrounds. The apostles’ names were: Peter; Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee; John; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alpheus; Thaddeus; Simon; and Judas Iscariot.

His Teachings. Jesus was a paragon of virtues. Every act of his was suffused with selfless love. During his sermon on the mount, Jesus delivered his most famous sermon. He taught:

-  Love even your enemies.

- Do not judge others. Trust God.

- Don’t be anxious about tomorrow.

- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Jesus’ teachings were delivered in parables. He often told a parable of two builders. One was wise and built his house upon a rock. The other built his house on sand. When a storm came, the foolish man’s house fell. Whoever obeys God is like the wise man and whoever disobeys is like the foolish man.

His Miracles. Jesus performed many miracles during his lifetime, and continues to do so even now. Once Jesus and his disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee in a small boat. While Jesus was sleeping, a fierce storm came and began to sink the boat. The disciples woke him. Jesus arose and rebuked the storm saying, “Peace be still.” It became calm, and Jesus said to them, “Where is your faith”? Even the wind and sea obeyed Lord Jesus. Using his powers, Jesus gave sight to the blind, cured incurable diseases, and even resurrected a man named Lazarus who had been dead for 4 days.

Death & Resurrection. Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus. They accused him of blasphemy and had Jesus arrested. A Roman governor named Pilate tried Jesus. He wanted to release Jesus but when Jews threatened to riot, Pilate condemned Jesus to death on a cross. Jesus was sentenced to death by crucifixion. He was beaten by Roman soldiers, scourged, stripped, and nailed to a cross. He was crucified between two robbers.

His body was placed in the tomb of a rich man named Joseph of Arimathea. Jesus had promised the disciples he would come back after he died. His enemies knew this so to prevent anyone from stealing the body, they had soldiers guard the tomb of Jesus. On the third day after Jesus died, an angel descended, and the soldiers fled. The disciples came and found an empty tomb. Jesus had risen from the dead. He later appeared to many believers and performed countless miracles. Blessed is the life of Jesus who sacrificed his life in the service of humanity.

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