Ahh here is the point. After it’s all said and done, it all comes back, very simply, to one Israelite man in the Middle East at a pivotal point in history.
So much has been written and even more said about that man. He has been the justification for wars and motivation for peace, fuel for anger and love. He has been the talk of popes and televangelists, corner prophets and cult leaders, country preachers and mega-church pastors—Jesus and his message can seem ubiquitous. But for us it is simple. We find ourselves believing the story about him that has been passed down to us. People who knew him wrote down their time with him, and the affect it had on their communities. From that record we have learned who Jesus is. He is the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, and bore the punishment for all sin of all time. His death buys us a whole new sort of life, one that we pursue together.