The importance of Jesus is evident is many ways. The common calendar uses his birth as a starting point, with "2002 A.D.", or Anno Domini, being Latin for "in the year of our lord." Dates reckoned before Christ's birth are "B.C.," or "before Christ." Sunday, the day of Christ's resurrection, is still regarded as a day of rest. Other Christian holidays are also celebrated by millions, especially Christmas and Easter, the days when Jesus' birth and resurrection are remembered. Thousands of Christian churches can be found throughout the western world. The Bible, in which the story of Christ's life can be found, is one of the best-selling books of all time, and has been translated into over 2,000 languages.
The story of Jesus' life is told in the New Testament of the Bible. His mother Mary was a poor Jewish woman. Her husband Joseph was a carpenter. Mary was still a virgin when she conceived Jesus. The holy spirit came to the Virgin Mary and the "King of Israel" was born in a manger in Bethlehem. This is a small village near Jerusalem in Israel. Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt to escape from King Herod, who had heard prophecies about Jesus and was jealous of anyone who might take away his power. The three wise men, learned sages from the Middle East, also knew the prophecies and came to give gifts to the baby Jesus in Egypt. Jesus spent most of his years in Nazareth, a city in Israel, where he learned his father Joseph's trade of carpentry. Jesus waited until the age of 30 before starting his ministry of prophecy, miracles, and teaching.
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What did it take for Jesus to make the correct choice to follow the will of God when he came to a crossroad in his life in the Garden of Gethsemane? There he agonized about doing what he knew God needed him to do, and finally he said, “…Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39b). I say it took courage! I pondered what it must have been like for him to know he was going to be handed over to the authorities to be tortured and crucified. After all, this was not the first time anyone was crucified, and surely Jesus was very aware of the agony he would have to endure. Yet he made the freewill choice to obey God and go to the Cross for you and for me. Now, that’s a hero!