"So much of what many admire in our culture has come from Jesus. Many have found that Jesus shows them exactly what God is like, and what a fulfilled human being can be.
He came not to restrict our lives with rules and regulations, not to condemn, but in order that we, in His own words, 'may have life, and have it to the full.' "
The Gospels, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John found in the New Testament section of The Bible, tell us about Jesus. Some people have found it very helpful to sit and read the whole of a Gospel at one sitting. Mark is the easiest for this as it is the shortest. (Go to www.biblegateway.com to read these online). Click on The Bible to learn more about the Bible and the various English translations available.
Many, often to their own initial surprise, continue to take inspiration from Jesus. He is still strangely relevant and resonant after 2000 years. Family, work, friendships have been transformed, and life given new purpose. He continues to fascinate, even when people are jaded or suspicious about religion. This is hardly surprising as Jesus had his own troubles with religion. Religious people tended to find Him unorthodox to say the least.
Much of what we value in our culture has its roots in Him. His approach to power is at the root of modern attitudes to human rights, democracy, and the limits of power. Science as we know it has its roots in a culture that believed that there must be order and rationality, rather than utter randomness, behind a universe made by a rational single creator. Most of the key developments in science came (and many still come) from believers in Jesus Christ. Much of what we value in modern social provision is the direct descendant of work begun by followers of Jesus in his name, such as education, hospitals, and social care for the vulnerable and needy. Many of the qualities we most admire are modelled, whether we realise it or not, on the character of Jesus Christ. For instance humility as we understand and value it was hardly known, or, if known, often despised in the ancient world before Jesus.
Many have discovered that Jesus shows them exactly what God is like, and what a fulfilled human being can be. Talk about holistic!
The Gospels are remarkable in spending a great deal of their content (about a third) telling of Jesus' death and resurrection. The Bible teaches that Jesus died for us, and that in that death was bound up all that is needed to restore our fractured relationship with God.
He came not to restrict our lives with rules and regulations, not to condemn, but in order that we, in His own words, ‘may have life, and have it to the full.’
To know more click on www.rejesus.co.uk
Recommended books about Jesus:
‘Who Is This Man’ by John Ortberg. (Zondervan 2012)
‘The Jesus I Never Knew’ by Philip Yancey (Zondervan 2002)
The Nativity (BBC DVD 2011)
The Passion (BBC DVD 2009)