Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the centre of our life and worship here at Parkstone Baptist church; above all other, he is the One we want to introduce to you.
“No man can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. No man can read the gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.” Albert Einstein in an interview.
Jesus has always been a controversial person; consider the facts of his story.
Although he was bon in a stable in Bethlehem, a backwater of the Roman Empire, as the child of a peasant woman, his birth was foretold over 700 years previously.
It was announced by angels to shepherds in nearby villages; wise men travelled hundreds of miles to worship him.
Considering the impact he had, it is amazing to think that Jesus’ ministry lasted for little more that three years. His teaching had an authority that had not been known, either before or since. What is more Jesus embodied his own teaching; not even his opponents could find fault with him.
His message was backed up by the signs he performed: he healed the sick; gave sight to the blind; raised the dead; fed the multitudes; calmed the storm and turned water to wine.
His death was not a tragic disaster, but the very purpose for his coming into the world. Jesus said of himself, “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark Chapter 10 v 45)
Jesus promised his disciples he would rise from the dead three days later and we believe he is living today. Many people have questioned his resurrection story but the evidence is not easy to dismiss. On this evidence, Lord Darling, a former Lord Chief Justice, commented some time ago, “No jury in the world would fail to declare the resurrection story of Jesus is true.”
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