Born in the village of Bethlehem five miles from Jerusalem,
Jesus grew-up at Nazareth in Galilee,
worked as a carpenter into his early thirties
when he abandoned this way of life
to become an itinerant preacher.
He numbered among his friends and followers;
sinners, the poor, the weak, outcasts, lawbreakers and prostitutes. Opposition to his teaching grew and led to his death by crucifixion.
The followers of Jesus declared that Jesus appeared to them three days after his death which means that God raised Jesus from the dead.
The story of Jesus is recorded in four Gospels:
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
At the beginning of his Gospel
Matthew says that the true name of Jesus is Emmanuel, meaning:
God is with us.
He ends his Gospel with Jesus words: "I am with you always, to the end of time".
Matthew presents Jesus as the Messiah,
the Son of David, the Son of Abraham,
the fulfilment of the hope of Israel,
the Saviour who will save us from our sins.
The followers of Jesus believe this.
Jesus came on a mission from his Father to us,
that we might return to the Father with him.
To return to the Father with Jesus is the meaning of Christianity.
"In my Father's house there are many dwelling places.
If it were not so,
would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself,
so that where I am,
there you may be also." John 14:2-3
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries