Many have admired him, and still do, whether they have believed in him or not.
The man Jesus has made a huge impact on millions of people throughout the last 2,000 years.
Many have admired him, and still do, whether they have believed in him or not. Albert Einstein once said “I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene (Jesus)… No man can read the gospels (Bible accounts of Jesus) without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”.
But what stands out above everything is the monstrous claim that Jesus made about himself. He said he was God.
Can you begin to imagine what that really means? That he, a man, was also God himself, the creator of life, the universe and everything?
Anyone can make a claim about themselves. But Jesus did not just leave us with a claim. He left a footprint in history. A nagging dent in history that just will not go away.
Early belief in Jesus blossomed in just a few years and spread incredibly across the known world at that time. And at the heart of the message about Jesus was the fact that he had risen from death. The first messengers about Jesus lived and died as witnesses of the man who had returned to life. Not figuratively. Not in their imagination. But a true physical reality.
And what better demonstration could you imagine for a man who claimed to be God?
Christians are people who believe that what Jesus claimed about himself was true. And what is more, Jesus was here on the earth to put together a rescue package for humanity. Humans, the Bible says, cannot climb to God. Our only hope, is that God comes down to lift us up.
When Jesus died he was doing it make a pathway back to God. From now on, getting to God had become possible – not through human effort, but as a gift from God. A Christian is a person who has accepted that gift.
Solent Evangelical Church exists because of Jesus. We are a community, a family of people who believe what Jesus claimed about himself, and have trusted our lives to him.
If you would like to find out more about Jesus and his significance then we would be glad to help. Just visiting one of our regular Sunday meetings would be a great start – see the Visit section for more information. Alternatively, you would be most welcome to join us for an informal Christianity Explored course. If you would like to do this, then please Contact Us.