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Jesus Christ is the central figure in Christianity. He was revered as the Savior or Messiah by many Christians around the world. His life and teachings are recorded in the Bible’s New Testament. Christmas is celebrated to commemorate his birth, depicted in the nativity scene.
- Jesus got his name from an angel that appeared in Joseph’s dream. His mother, Mary, conceived a child by the Holy Spirit. Christians believe that it happened through Immaculate conception. Jesus in Hebrew means “God saves.” He was born between 7 BC to 2 BC in Bethlehem, a place in Judea.
- His birth was stated in the Gospel of Matthew 2:1. Jesus was born during the reign of King Herod the Great who was threatened by a prophecy. Herod ordered the killings of all male babies under the age of two, so Mary, Joseph and Jesus fled.
- Biblical scholars believed that Jesus was not actually born on December 25. His birthday is celebrated every 25th day of December after the proclamation of Pope Julius I. Furthermore, the Jewish Festival of Lights known as the Festival of Hanukkah falls from December 25 to 30.
- During the 1500s, Christmas was regarded as Xmas. It was not irreligious because “X” or Chi in Greek means Christ.
- The earliest setting of the nativity scene pictured that Jesus was born in a stable but the Greek Orthodox Diocese of America believed that it was in a cave-like place.
- Jesus’ birthplace, Bethlehem, means “house of bread.”
- The Star of Bethlehem that guided the wise men is believed to be an astrological conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. It may also be a new star or comet.
- The Three Kings or Wise Men gave gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts.
- Jesus was the first and only baby born to a virgin.
- John the Baptists was his second cousin because Mary and Elizabeth, the mother of John, were first cousins.
- At the age of 30, Jesus was baptized by John and declared as the Son of God.
- He started his ministry after his 40 days and nights meditation in the Judean desert. The Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke stated the temptations of Christ during his time in the desert.
- During his ministry, Jesus was addressed as “Rabbi”, which means “teacher” in Hebrew. It was believed that he started his ministry at around AD 26, following the ministry of John the Baptist.
- He could speak Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek.
- After praying all night, Jesus chose his 12 Disciples or Apostles.
- Peter (Simon) the fisherman, Andrew brother of Peter, James the Greater brother of John, John the Evangelist, Philip of Bethsaida, Bartholomew, Thomas the carpenter, Matthew the tax collector, James the less, Simon the zealot, Thaddeus, and Judas Iscariot composed Jesus’ closest pupils or followers.
- Almost 60% of Matthew’s Gospel talked about the teachings of Jesus. John’s Gospels contain a lot of metaphors and none of parables.
- Prior to crucifixion, Jesus prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane as mentioned in the Gospel of Luke.
- He was nailed to a cross with a signage saying Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews written in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek. Most Catholic churches today display a cross with the above Latin inscription INRI which means “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.”
- He was crucified on the hill “Golgotha,” which means “The Place of a Skull.” It is located in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.
- Crucifixion was a common punishment for the Romans. It was a way to warn people of committing crimes. Romans were not crucified except for treason.
- Jesus stayed on the cross for six hours before he died after a prayer.
- His seven last words translated in English were:
- “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
- Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing;
- Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise;
- Father, into your hands I commit my spirit;
- Dear Woman, here is your son;
- I am thirsty;
- It is finished.
- Joseph of Arimathea, a secret follower of Jesus asked Pontius Pilate to bury the body of Jesus, and with the help of Nicodemus, Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb as prophesied by Isaiah a hundred years ago.
- Christians believed that Jesus was resurrected from the dead after three days. It became a paramount doctrine in Christianity, which proves him being the Son of God. Today,
- Christians celebrate the Easter festival as the Resurrection of Christ.
- It was Mary Magdalene who discovered that Jesus’ body was gone from the tomb.
- The week prior to Easter Sunday is called Holy Week. Palm Sunday symbolizes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem. Anglican and Roman Catholic churches used palm leaves as a symbol of faith. Maundy Thursday commemorates the last supper with his disciples. Church ceremonies include washing the feet of 12 people and the Holy Communion. Good Friday marks the execution of Jesus. Prayers, hymns, meditations, and short sermons are practiced.
- The Gospel in the New Testament recorded at least 37 detailed miracles of Jesus including changing water into wine at a feast in Cana; raising three people from the dead like Lazarus; and feeding 5,000 men with limited bread and fish.
Jesus Christ Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Jesus Christ Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Jesus Christ who is the central figure in Christianity. He was revered as the Savior or Messiah by many Christians around the world. His life and teachings are recorded in the Bible’s New Testament.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Jesus Christ Facts
- The Life of Jesus
- Which Means?
- The Gifts
- The Feast of Hanukkah
- The 12 Apostles
- World Religions
- Christmas the Christian Way
- The Last Supper
- Prayer on Christmas
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