Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. He was born in Bethlehem in what was then called Judea. No one knows the exact date of the birth of Christ, but he was born some 2000 years ago. The principal sources of information concerning Jesus\' life are the Gospels as read in the Bible. According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus was miraculously conceived by his mother, Mary. He was born in Bethlehem, where Mary and Joseph had gone to comply with the Roman order to report for a census count. Jesus was born during the reign of the wicked King Herod. Reaction to the birth of Christ was mixed. The Magi or the three wise men came to worship him, but King Herald tried to kill him.

From His very birth Christ was recognized as King. Wise men brought Him gifts. Shepherds worshipped Him. Angels, knowing that He was truly King, announced his arrival. And Herold, realizing that there is never room for two thrones in one kingdom sought Jesus\'s life. He ordered the wisemen to go find the Christ ChIld and to report back to him so that he could go himself and worship Him too. After finding the Baby Jesus and worshipping Him, the wisemen were warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herold and so they departed to their homes. The book of Matthew goes on to describe the flight into Egypt, when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to escape from King Herold. They had been warned about King Herold by angels sent in a dream. Mary, Joseph and their Baby stayed in Egypt until King Herold was dead. Again, angels came to Joseph in a dream and told him that it was now safe to return to Isreal.

It is beleived that Jesus spent his early childhood in Nazareth, in the region of Galilee. The Gospels do not mention a lot about Jesus\' childhood, and they mention nothing concerning Jesus from the time he was 12 years old until the time he began his ministry when he was about 18 years old. Matthew, Mark and Luke, the first three Gospels of the New Testament record the ministry of Jesus. Jesus did many things when he physically lived on earth. As Jesus began his ministry, his affect upon people\'s lives were total and absolute. All through His ministry He spoke with authority and made demands on people\'s consciousness. Jesus denounced greed, bigotry, hypocrisy,immorality, dishonesty and lawlessness. Even though he stood for what was right, Jesus invited the tired people, the bad and the good people, bewildered people, laborers, professionals of the day, cheats, bigots, and revolutionaries to come to Him for redemption. He went about all of Gallilee teaching the people and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing all kinds of sickness and diseases. He became well known because people talked about the miracles he performed. And Jesus performed awesome miracles. Not only did He heal the sick and the blind and the deaf, but He also raised the dead when he brought Lazarus back to life after he died. Because He did these miracles with love and compassion, people were drawn to Jesus and His following grew. Jesus spent His entire life meeting human needs. The most important thing he did while on earth was that He died on the cross so "that whosoever believeth in me shall not perish but have everlasting life\'\'. ( John 3:16 )

Jesus is the center of the Christian faith and the Son of God. Just as people worshipped him 2000 years, people of today continue to worship Him in churches everywhere. Our school calendar follows the Christian Holy Days as we celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas and His death and ressurrection at Easter .