BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST
AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY FOR ALL WHO
Debate: God in the Modern World
Wednesday, February 25 at 15:00
Sunday, February 29 at 19:00
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
As followers of the Christian religion we base our beliefs on the teaching, life, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Messiah. Christians believe in one God that created heaven, earth and the universe.
Romans 10:9-10 "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."; "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
Jesus is referred to as Jesus Christ and is the main figure in Christianity, the world’s largest religion. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and Jesus Christ is the Messiah that was prophesied in the old testament of the Hebrew Bible. Messiah in Christianity is called Christ and originated from Judaism.
Romans 6:5, “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Romans 6:6, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin,” Romans 6:7, “Because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” Romans 6:8, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Romans 6:9, “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” Romans 6:10, “The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, and he lives to God.” Romans 6:11, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus Christ early life, teachings, death and resurrection are found in the gospels, which are the first four books of the New Testament, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Other parts of the New Testament include Jesus last supper in Corinthians, Jesus accents into Heaven in the books of Acts, The book of Acts also includes some of Jesus early ministry.
The gospel of Mathew reveals Jesus Christ is the messiah that was prophesized in the Old Testament and fulfills the will of God, is the Son of God, and from the tribe of Judah, descendant from King David.
Jesus was Jewish born to Mary wife of Joseph and his ancestry traces back to Adam in the book of Luke. Both gospels of Mathew and Luke describe the birth of Jesus to a virgin named Mary, and early life of Jesus in the town of Nazareth in Galilee where he lived with his family.
In the Gospel of Mark, John the Baptist baptizes Jesus and when Jesus comes out of the water a voice from Heaven is heard saying this is my beloved son in which I am well pleased, and the Holy Spirit ascended on Jesus in the form of a dove. Jesus was immediately led into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan for 40 days and after this Jesus started his public ministry.
Jesus first ministry takes place North of Judea in Galilee where he preaches parables, heals the sick and cast out demons. Jesus calls to repent of your sins and adhere to the Jewish laws. Once Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus replied “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
A large portion of Jesus ministry includes performing miracles such as giving sight to the blind, opening ears of the deaf, casting out demons, and physically healing of others.
The Gospels tell a number of stories of Jesus performing miracles, healing blind people, lepers, paralytic, and exorcism of demons. The earliest is a story of the healing of a blind man in Bethsaida in the Gospel of Mark
Gospel of John describes an episode in which Jesus heals a man blind from birth, during the Feast of Tabernacles, around six months before his crucifixion. Jesus mixes spit with dirt to make a mud mixture, which he then places on the man's eyes. He instructs the man to wash his eyes in the Pool of Siloam. When the man does this, he is able to see. When asked by his disciples whether the cause of the blindness was the sins of the man's father or his mother, Jesus states that it was neither.
A story in which Jesus cures a Leper appears in Mark and Luke having cured the man, he instructs him to not to tell anyone who had healed him; but the man disobeyed Jesus.
Both in Mathew and Luke Jesus heals a paralytic was brought to Jesus on a mat, Jesus told him to get up and walk, and the man did so. Jesus also told the man that his sins were forgiven, which upset the Pharisees. Jesus responding to the anger by asking whether it is easier to say that someone's sins are forgiven, or to tell the man to get up and walk.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was approached by a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, and when she touched Jesus' cloak fringes of his garment, she was instantly healed. Jesus turned and when the woman came forward, said Daughter, your faith has healed you now go in peace.
In Mathew, Mark and Luke, Jesus performed many exorcism of demons an there are seven major exorcism accounts in the Synoptic Gospels.
In Capernaum, where Jesus exorcises an evil spirit who cries out, what do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are “the Holy Son of God”
Jesus exorcises a possessed man When Jesus asks the demon's name he is given the reply Legion, "for we are many". When the demons asked to be expelled into a group of pigs rather than be sent out of the area, Jesus obliges, but the pigs then run into the lake and are drowned.
Jesus heals a demon-possessed man who was both blind and mute. People are astonished and ask, "Could this be the Son of David?"
A boy possessed by a demon is brought to Jesus. The boy is said to have been foaming at the mouth, gnashed his teeth, and involuntarily fallen into both water and fire. Jesus' followers could not expel the demon, and Jesus condemns the people as unbelieving, but when the father of the boy questions if Jesus could heal the boy, he replies "everything is possible for those that believe". The father then says that he believes and the child is healed.
A large number of events happened in the area of Galilee which include, Sermon on the Mount, calming of the storm, feeding the 5000 and walking on water. Jesus final ministry is in Jerusalem where he chases the money changers of the temple, Jesus has the Last Supper and finally Judas betrayed him in the garden. The Last Supper was the final meal Jesus shared with his 12 apostles before his crucifixion. Jesus takes the bread, blessed it, and then breaks it and says “take this and eat it for this is my body”. Then Jesus took a cup and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying “Each of you drink form it, for this is my blood ,which confirms the new covenant between God and his people, It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
According to the Gospels, Jesus was arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, then sentenced by Pontius Pilate to be scourged, and finally crucified by the Romans, This event portrays Jesus death as a sacrifice for humanity's sins.
Jesus was stripped of his clothing and offered vinegar mixed with myrrh to drink after saying "I am thirsty". He was then hung between two convicted thieves and, died by the 9th hour of the day (around 300 p.m.). During this time, the Roman soldiers affixed a sign to the top of the cross stating “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” which was written in three languages (Hebrew, Latin, and Greek). They then divided his garments among themselves and cast lots for his seamless robe, according to the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John also states that, after Jesus' death, one soldier pierced his side with a spear to be certain that he had died, then blood and water gushed from the wound.
Jesus resurrection in the Gospel of Luke "the women who had come with him from Galilee" came to his tomb and they find it empty. Two angelic beings appeared to announce that Jesus is not there, but has been raised. Jesus then appeared to two followers on their way to Emmaus, who notify the eleven remaining Apostles, who respond that Jesus has appeared to Peter. While they were describing this, Jesus appeared again, explaining that he is the messiah who raised from the dead according to the scriptures, "and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
John 3:15-18 "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.