What do Christians Believe?
Sometime around the year we know as A.D. 29, in Jerusalem, the occupying Romans executed a Jewish religious leader named Jesus from Nazareth. Many of the Jewish followers of Jesus believed he was the long-promised leader they called "Messiah." The Greek word for "Messiah" is "Christ." As a result followers of Jesus came to be called "Christians."
No sooner did Jesus die, but people started trying to figure out who he was. Some people said he died and that was the end of it. Some say he came back to life! Admirers who think he just died, see him as a great teacher, a prophet, a great man.
People who think he "rose from the dead" soon decided he was somehow special. Was he somehow more than a human? Was he a deity, somehow less than God, but divine all the same? Or was he actually God? Early in the life of the church, Christians came to a stunning conclusion. Jesus was a human. And Jesus was also God. God in the flesh!
The earliest Christian song we know about was written sometime before the early 60's (that's 0060's). The lyrics go like this:
Although [Jesus] was in the form of God and equal with God
he did not take advantage of this equality.
Instead he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant,
by becoming like other humans . . .
He humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death, death on a cross.
Christians today still believe in a God who loves us enough to be with us. To walk our walk. To cry with us in our pain. To dance with us in our joys.
So why did Jesus die? There are all kinds of answers to that question. The best answer is that it was God's way of showing us how much we are loved.
And we believe that God loves us so much that not even death will separate us from the love of God. We believe that there is a heaven. And God wants you there!
We believe that God loves you. We believe that God is with you!
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