As was prophesized by the archangel Gabriel, a young Jewish countrywoman gave birth to a boy in an anonymous stable in Bethlehem, exactly 2010 years ago. The mother, with the given name of Mary, a virgin in every sense of the word, was forced to wed a carpenter by the name of Joseph for proprietary sake.
The boy, named Jesus, fled Egypt at an early age with his family. Joseph was warned in a dream that failure to do so would consigned the family, and Jesus in particular, to mortal danger. After the danger had passed, the family made way to Nazareth, a small coastal town in Galilee.
Jesus' childhood was an ordinary one, except for one occasion when the family made a pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover, a celebration commemorating the Exodus. The family discovered that Jesus was missing as they prepared to leave Jerusalem after the event. Three days of anxious search finally led them to a temple where the twelve year old was in deep discourse with a group of scholars on the subject of ethics, theological jurisprudence and governance. The obviously relieved Mary and Joseph questioned Him on His disappearance. He responded, “"Why were you searching for Me?".”Didn't you know I had to be in My Father's house?" (Luke 2:46-49).
The next two decades proved to be a quiet one for the whole family. Jesus worked with His stepfather as a carpenter right behind their house. He received limited education, no religious education whatsoever, never had a family of his own nor property. In other words, He was an anonymous Galilean, only minding His own affairs, with no thoughts of the world at large.
Then it happened. At the age of 30, He started preaching the message of His Lord. John the Baptist, having long predicted His arrival, baptized Jesus by the River Jordan when suddenly, the skies opened up and a voice sounded from the heavens, “'You are my Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.'" (Luke 3:21-22). Jesus then stepped in to the wilderness and disappeared for a time.
Upon returning, He proclaimed Himself the Messenger and the Son of God, the prophesized Messiah of the Hebrew legends. He preached, from dawn to dusk, helped the sick and the poor and started to attract the attention of the masses. He performed what can only be described as miracles, with some of the most notable ones being the resurrection of His friend Lazarus, the changing of water to wine and the healing of a dying leper. His unparalleled display of wisdom, compassion and love for everyone touched the people's heart and multiplied the size of His congregation. There were those who started to call Him the King Of Jews, which became a rallying cry after a while for the downtrodden Jews of the land.
In the evenings, He spends His time with 12 of His most trusted followers - who will in perpetuity be remembered as The Twelve Apostles - and provided them with a more comprehensive explanation of His message, as well as to His identity. As His stature grew, this simple carpenter began to draw the notice of the establishment, along with it the inevitable heavy-handed reaction. However, protected by his ever-increasing mass of followers, the Roman administration, led by its prefect, Pontius Pilate, were unable to apprehend Jesus, who by now has turned into an infamous figure in the Judea province of the Empire. The Romans feared that Jesus would assume a role of politic al leadership in the long simmering rebellious atmosphere of the region, hence their urgency in capturing Jesus and preventing any outbreak of insurgency.
It wasn't long before the Romans were presented an opportunity to capture Jesus. One of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, the treasurer of the movement, betrayed the Son of God and provided the Romans with access to Jesus. Over two thousand years since, Biblical scholars are still undecided on the cause of this betrayal. Some has speculated that Judas, as a Zealot, might have assumed that the capture of Jesus would've been the catalyst and unifying figure required by the divided Jews to fight under, and drive the Romans out of Judea. Another group of scholars meanwhile, postulated that Judas might have been an agent of the Jewish Orthodox Church, who feared losing their long held influence in the community.
Whatever the actual reason, Jesus was apprehended in the garden of Gethsemane, an orchard in the western fringes of Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives and the fee for the traitorous act was a reported 30 pieces of silver. However, Jesus has long anticipated this and has made contingencies. His Apostles and followers were instructed to leave and disperse over the region the very same night, to carry forth His Words.
A sham of a trial followed immediately after, which lead to Jesus being condemned as a blasphemer and sentenced to death by crucification. With His hands and feet impaled by iron nails on the upraised poles, the image has become a symbol of Christianity - the sacrifice by the Son Of God for the salvation of humankind.
The story did not end there though. Three days after his burial, the Lord, His Father, resurrected him. There were contradicting accounts, even in the Gospels on what occurred next, but one thing is certain. The message of Christ, the son of God, was indeed disseminated by His apostles. Today, there are over 2 billion Christians the world over, and despite their conflicting doctrines, the message of Christ, the Anointed One, still rings loud and clear after two millennium. His message of love, equality and the Kingdom of God.
Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
Acts of the Apostles
Epistle (Romans, Corinthians)
Second Epistle (Corinthians)
Epistle (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians)
First Epistle to the Thessalonians
Second Epistle to the Thessalonians
Pastoral Epistles ( First Epistle to Timothy and Titus, Second Epistle to Timothy)
Epistle to Philemon
Epistle to the Hebrews
Epistle of James
First Epistle of Peter
Second Epistle of Peter
First Epistle of John
Second Epistle of John
Third Epistle of John
Epistle of Jude