Jesus is the most remarkable man who ever lived. Jesus was and is the Son of God. Some people think he is just a ‘good religious teacher’.
However, Jesus himself claimed to be the unique Son of God – equal with God. He assumed the authority to forgive sins and said that one day he would judge the world and that what would matter, would be how we had responded to him in this life.
Jesus said that the entire reason for his coming to earth was to die for us: “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10.45). Jesus said he died “for” us, meaning “instead of”. He did it because he loved us and did not want us to have to pay the penalty for all the things that we had done wrong.
On the cross he effectively said, “I will take all those things on myself”. In the days of slave markets, a kind person might have bought a slave just to set him free – but first the ‘ransom’ price had to be paid. Jesus paid, by his death on the cross, the ransom price to set us free to live a new life.
The evidence for the physical resurrection is very strong. When the disciples went to the tomb they found the grave clothes but that Jesus’ body was gone. In the next six weeks he was seen by over 500 people. The disciples’ lives were transformed and the Christian Church was born and then grew rapidly.
At St. George’s we don’t claim to have all the answers to all of the questions but we believe that we know the God who does. If you’re interested in learning more about Jesus and what it might mean for you then please do get in touch.
We also run an Alpha course each year, designed to create a safe space for those who are searching for greater meaning in life to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask and explore whether there’s more to life than they first thought. Check out our Events/What’s On page for more details of our next course. Our Missional Communities are also great places to belong as you explore.