Who is or was he?
Jesus was born about 2,000 years ago in a rural town called Bethlehem. His arrival into the world and subsequent life was far from normal or expected. While some might say it was expected, as there were prophecies about his birth, it still came as quite a surprise to his parents – a young virgin called Mary and her fiancee Joseph who was a carpenter. His life was far from normal, as he preached a message of love, grace and salvation, performed many miracles, and claimed to be the King! Although often the people did not fully understand this message that Jesus preached, it resonated with people, and many thousands of people would gather trying to hear the words that Jesus spoke.
These ludicrous claims that Jesus made that He was the King and of a coming Kingdom did not go down well with the authorities, and they had him crucified on a cross. However, the story does not end there as 3 days later Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to many hundreds of people before ascending into heaven.
The religious authorities had tried to snuff out the perceived threat that Jesus was to them… but that was just the beginning.