Jesus Christ by United Church of God
The Real Story

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The story of Jesus Christ goes much deeper than His crucifixion and resurrection.

Few will dispute that a man named Jesus Christ lived 2,000 years ago and that He was a great teacher who impacted the world. Christ made a controversial claim—that He was the very Son of God, the long-prophesied Messiah—causing religious authorities in Jerusalem to reject Him, hate Him and eventually succeeded in having Him put to death.

Likewise, the local Roman civil authorities also saw Him as a threat and became complicit in His execution. The religions of His day, both Judaism and paganism, opposed the growth of His teachings and used unlawful and violent means to try to destroy the Church He founded. The government of Rome also came to vigorously persecute the followers of this Jewish teacher from Galilee.

Today, there is much confusion and questions concerning this controversial figure. Where can you go for the answers? The Bible.

This Bible Study aid booklet, "Jesus Christ: The Real Story" will help explain what is written in the Bible about Jesus Christ. You can discover the answers to these questions and more: Who was Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Where did He come from? When was Jesus Christ born? What did Jesus teach? Was He God in the flesh? What did Jesus look like? Was He only a man? Why did He die?

Discover the true, fascinating story that so few understand. The story of the greatest Man who ever lived and the misunderstood message He preached—the gospel (good news) of the coming Kingdom of God!


Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction - Jesus Christ: The Real Story
-- Who—and What—Was Jesus Christ?
-- Jesus Christ's Disciples Understood Him to Be the Creator
-- Jesus Christ: 'The Rock' of the Old Testament
-- The Family of God
-- Jesus' Amazing Fulfillment of Prophecy
-- The Bible Prophesied the Exact Year the Messiah Would Appear
-- Was Jesus Born on Dec. 25?
-- A Sinless and Miraculous Life
-- Could Jesus Perform Miracles?
-- Did Jesus Really Die and Live Again?
-- Roman Forms of Crucifixion
-- When Was Jesus Christ Crucified and Resurrected?
-- The Chronology of the Crucifixion and Resurrection
-- Do Other Nonbiblical Sources Confirm Jesus Christ's Existence?
-- Much More Than a Man
-- Was Jesus a Created Being?
-- The God Who Became a Human Being
-- Jesus' Family Connections
-- Did Jesus Have Long Hair?
-- The Messiah's Misunderstood Mission
-- What Do 'Messiah' and 'Jesus Christ' Mean?
-- What Was Jesus' Gospel?
-- Salvation Is Entrance Into the Kingdom of God
-- Other Names for the Kingdom
-- Jesus' Teaching on God's Law
-- Other Important Ways Jesus Fulfilled the Law
-- Christ's New Commandment
-- Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments?
-- Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible
-- Who Killed Jesus?
-- Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God
-- The Tearing of the Temple Veil
-- Alive Again Today and Forever
-- Your Date With Destiny: Meeting the Real Jesus
-- 'Even So, Come, Lord Jesus!'



Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Perhaps the boldest claim Jesus made about His identity was the statement, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John:8:58)...What was going on here? Jesus was revealing His identity as the actual One whom the Jews knew as God in the Old Testament."

"The New Testament writers cite messianic prophecies from the Old Testament more than 130 times. By some estimates the Old Testament contains 300 prophetic passages that describe who the Messiah is and what He will do. Of these, 60 are major prophecies. What are the chances of these prophecies being fulfilled in one person?"

"A careful analysis of Scripture, however, clearly indicates that December 25 is an unlikely date for Christ’s birth. Here are two primary reasons..."

"How can we fit “three days and three nights” between a Friday-afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday-morning resurrection?"
 

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Published January 9, 2012 by United Church of God. 149 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference.

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In his book he builds his case for this thesis -- not necessarily that there was no person called Jesus Christ wandering around the Middle East 2000 years ago (although it's clear that Murphy believes that there was no historical Christ), but instead that the figure in the Bible who has been wors...

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Examiner

Lotz’s description of childbirth begins with “low back pain and pressure,”with each pain “stronger than the last,” their intensity and frequency increasing until “the baby emerges.” I believe she’s correct, whether you believe in pre-mid-or post tribulation, many signs point to Christ’s imminent ...

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The Globe and Mail

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Notorious non-believer Philip Pullman takes on Christianity's greatest story

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The Sydney Morning Herald

In the wilderness, Christ tried to persuade his brother that proper miracles – Jesus dismissed them as conjuring tricks – were needed to make his ministry more effective.

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Deseret News

After choosing to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she shares the way she has molded her life around her beliefs in her book “My Burning Bush: My Spiritual Journey from Judaism to the Lord Jesus Christ."

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DNA

but then he began to be called Jesus the Messiah, or Jesus the Christ and later still it was simply Christ … The stories began to weave themselves together.” Years later, the stranger — Pullman suggests it could be a man who wanted to build and guard a church — returns and tells Christ: “the vess...

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed For nearly 20 years, Christian theologian Harvey Cox has taught a popular course titled "Jesus and the Moral Life" to Harvard undergraduates aged 17-22.

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ForeWord Reviews

God gave His only Son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of the entire world on the Cross at Calvary on a Friday afternoon more than 2,000 years ago.

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ForeWord Reviews

“Many dedicated spiritual Christians…think that Jesus was poor and had to work as a carpenter to make a living so they also want to stay poor work hard with their body to sweat and follow the example of Jesus” Sunny George writes.

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Discerning Reader

(13) Jared sees the scholarly world as seeking to tame Jesus in more subtle ways: In the world of biblical academia, the "Jesus of history" and the "Jesus of faith" are set against each other, as if never the two shall meet.

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truthdig

It was to let people know that the same thing would happen to them if they did not stay in their place.” During his decades of research, Cone found, incredibly, no sermons, lectures, books or articles by white preachers, evangelists or theologians linking what happened on the cross to what hap...

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