the life of jesus

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The life of Jesus: A brief biography:

The life of Jesus: A brief biography

Early life:

Early life Under Roman Occupation When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Palestine, the ancient land of Israel, was under Roman occupation. Roman soldiers were like a military police force, keeping law and order. Unfortunately, from the Jewish point of view, it meant that the land was also tainted by pagan, Roman religion, and people were forced to pay taxes. Jesus was born in Palestine (modern Israel) 2000 years ago. For his first thirty years, Jesus lived a traditional Jewish life, working as a carpenter. During this time, all of Israel was under Caesar's Roman dictatorship, including Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and Nazareth, where he was raised.

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Evidence of the Roman occupation was everywhere. Garrisons of soldiers, the Roman army uniform, weapons and so on.

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In his thirties, Jesus began his public teaching and display of recorded miracles, yet still never traveled more than 200 miles from his birthplace. In the gospels there are many accounts of Jesus healing people, most of whom seemed beyond all hope. They included lepers, blind people, and those who were deaf or dumb.

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Over a three year period, despite his efforts to keep a low profile, Jesus' reputation spread nation wide. The Roman governors and rulers of Palestine took note of him.

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The Beatitudes Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them. Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised. Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them. Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God. Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them His children. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. BROTHERLY LOVE

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Jesus' most controversial act was that he repeatedly claimed the kingdom of God was coming, and that this kingdom was above any earthly empire. To the Roman rulers of the Middle East, this was treason.

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The argument of political treason persuaded Pilate, a Roman governor of Israel, to authorize an execution. Jesus was brutally tortured and then hung by his hands, which were nailed to a horizontal wooden beam (cross). This method of execution restricted the airflow to his lungs, killing him in three hours.

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However, according to more than 500 witnesses, Jesus returned from the dead three days later, and over the next 40 days journeyed in both the southern and northern provinces of Israel. To many, this was conclusive proof that Jesus' claims to be God were real. Then Jesus returned to Jerusalem, the city where he was recently executed, and according to witnesses, he left the earth alive by rising up into the sky.

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As a result of these miraculous events, the number of his followers increased dramatically. Only a few months later in that same city of Jerusalem one record states that some 3000 new followers were added in a single day. The Roman leaders responded by trying to stomp out Jesus' followers. Many of these people chose to die rather than deny their belief that Jesus was truly God.

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Within 100 years, people throughout the Roman Empire (Asia Minor, Italy and the rest of Europe) became followers of Jesus. In 325 AD, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Within 500 years, many of Greece's temples of Greek gods were transformed into churches for followers of Jesus.

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Christian History following the death of Jesus Notable Aspects •Jesus' followers were not very well-known for several decades after Jesus died. •Paul was primarily responsible for expanding the message of Jesus outside of the Jewish community •Followers of Jesus were persecuted and martyred from immediately after Jesus •"Christianity" did not become a legally recognized religion until about 250 years after Jesus’ birth. •300 years after the Romans executed Jesus, the Roman Emperor Constantine became a follower of Jesus.

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Paul the Apostle in prison, writing his epistle to the Ephesians

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The doctrine of the Trinity is the Christian belief that: There is One God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The idea that there is One God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit means: •There is exactly one God •The Father is God •The Son is God (Jesus) •The Holy Spirit is God (Spirit of God which came to humanity after the death Of Jesus) •There is exactly one God •There are three really distinct Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit •Each of the Persons is God Over time, one distinct teaching of Christianity developed called, “THE TRINITY”. •God the Father: revealed by the Jewish Torah (Old Testament) to be Creator, Lord, Father and Judge. •God the Son: who had lived on earth amongst human beings •God the Holy Spirit: who filled them with new life and power

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