the Christ in Prayerful Meditation
The Great Teacher, Savior, Lord
Time to get him down off the cross and
into communion with all of life. Here, the Christ is peaceful and
heart-centered, tuning in to the subtle energies of light and sound.
Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, was born in
6 A.D. in Bethlehem. Most of what is known about him comes from the Bible's New
Little is known about his childhood, but he was considered an insightful
Founder of Christianity, one of the world's largest religions, and the
incarnation of God according to most Christians.
His teachings and deeds are recorded in the New Testament, which is essentially
a theological document that makes discovery of the “historical Jesus”
The basic outlines of his career and message, however, can be
characterized when considered in the context of 1st-century Judaism and,
especially, Jewish eschatology. The history of Christian reflection on the
teachings and nature of Jesus is examined in the article Christology.
Name and title
Ancient Jews usually had only one name, and, when greater specificity was
needed, it was customary to add the father's name or the place of origin. Thus,
in his lifetime Jesus was called Jesus son of Joseph (Luke 4:22; John 1:45;
6:42), Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 10:38), or Jesus the Nazarene (Mark 1:24; Luke
After his death, he came to be called Jesus Christ.
Christ was not originally a name but a title derived from the Greek word
christos, which translates the Hebrew term meshiah (Messiah), meaning “the
This title indicates that Jesus' followers believed him to be the anointed son
of King David, whom some Jews expected to restore the fortunes of Israel.
Passages such as Acts of the Apostles 2:36 show that some early Christian
writers knew that the Christ was properly a title, but in many passages of the
New Testament, including those in Paul's letters, the name and the title are
combined and used together as Jesus' name: Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus (Romans
1:1; 3:24). Paul sometimes simply used Christ as Jesus' name
(e.g., Romans 5:6).
Summary of Jesus' life
Although born in Bethlehem, according to Matthew and Luke, Jesus was a Galilean
from Nazareth, a village near Sepphoris, one of the two major cities of Galilee
(Tiberias was the other). He was born to Joseph and Mary shortly before the
death of Herod the Great (Matthew 2; Luke 1:5) in 4 .
According to Matthew and Luke, however, Joseph was only his father legally. They
report that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived and that she “was found
to be with child from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18; cf. Luke 1:35). Joseph
is said to have been a carpenter (Matthew 13:55), that is, a craftsman who
worked with his hands, and, according to Mark 6:3, Jesus also became a
Luke (2:41–52) states that as a child Jesus was precociously learned, but
there is no other evidence of his childhood or early life. As a young adult, he
went to be baptized by the prophet John the Baptist and shortly thereafter
became an itinerant preacher and healer (Mark 1:2–28).
In his mid-30s, Jesus had a short public career, lasting perhaps less than one
year, during which he attracted considerable attention. Some time between 29 and
33—possibly 30—he went to observe Passover in Jerusalem, where his entrance,
according to the Gospels, was triumphant and infused with eschatological
While there he was arrested, tried, and executed. His disciples became convinced
that he still lived and had appeared to them. They converted others to belief in
him, which eventually led to a new religion, Christianity.
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