What is the story of Jesus?
Here's the answer:
The story of Jesus isn’t fiction or a made-up story. Jesus was a real man who lived on the earth over 2000 years ago. His story is the greatest!
Jesus existed before He came to earth. In fact, the Bible tells us He was at the creation of the world (John 1:1-2).
God sent Jesus to earth as a baby. He wasn’t an ordinary baby though. He was completely sinless. Even as a child, He never said a bad word, disobeyed His parents, or had a bad attitude. Why? Jesus was sinless because He is God.
Jesus grew up and began to teach people about Himself. He performed many miracles like changing water into wine, feeding thousands of people with a boy’s lunch, calming the sea, and many more. Even though Jesus was perfect and performed many miracles, there were some people who didn’t like Him. They killed Jesus by nailing Him to a cross.
Why did Jesus' Father allow that to happen? He had a great plan! On the cross, Jesus took our punishment for sin. He paid the penalty for our sin that day. Jesus didn’t stay dead though. Three days later, He was resurrected! He had victory over death.
Jesus spent 40 days teaching His followers and showing them He was really alive. After 40 days, Jesus took His followers to a mountain. Then something amazing happened to Jesus as they were standing on the mountain: "After Jesus said this, he was taken up to heaven. The apostles watched until a cloud hid him from their sight. While he was going up, they kept on looking at the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But he will come back in the same way you saw him go'" (Acts 1:9–11).
On a day that only God the Father knows, Jesus will return and take His followers to live with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:14–17). Until that time, Jesus wants His followers growing to be more like Him, obeying His Word, and sharing His truth with all people.
"Be like the Son of Man. He did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free" (Matthew 20:28).
"He gave his life to pay for our sins. But he not only paid for our sins. He also paid for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2).
"'He himself carried our sins’ in his body on the cross. He did it so that we would die as far as sins are concerned. Then we would lead godly lives. 'His wounds have healed you'" (1 Peter 2:24).