Jesus was a Jew who lived 2000 years ago in Israel, and he is the person at the center of Christianity. Jesus was the step-son of a carpenter.
He never became a powerful ruler. He never led an army. In fact, he died young, in a brutal way, nailed to a cross. But today, millions of people all around the world worship him.
Dying to save
Jesus’ death was not an accident. He told his followers he would die. He taught people that they had turned away from God and therefore they were separated from God. Jesus said that mankind deserved to be punished for their rebellion against God, they deserved to die.
But the Bible teaches that Jesus died in our place. He was perfect and he didn’t deserve death – but he chose to die instead of us, paying for our rebellion against God and so saving us.
Because Jesus died and took the punishment mankind deserved, those who follow Jesus can now have a relationship with God. Though we have rebelled against God and not lived for him, if we trust Jesus’ death in our place God forgives us our rebellion.
This means we can be friends with God. That friendship begins when you trust Jesus and means that after you die, you go to be with him forever.
Come to St Bart’s Church and discover more about this man Jesus.