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People: Jesus

Jesus

Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity. 

Background

The name Jesus derives from a Hebrew word meaning "the Lord saves." His titles Christ (derived from Greek) and Messiah (derived from Hebrew) mean "Anointed One." Jesus was born in Bethlehem, about 6-4 B.C.E., to Mary and Joseph, a descendant of King David. His early life was spent in Nazareth in Galilee. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, and then began a ministry of teaching and working miracles. He lived for a time in Capernaum in Galilee. Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem under Pontius Pilate around 30 C.E. He rose from the dead on the third day and appeared to his followers.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus