(Last Updated on : 13/01/2011)
About 2000 years ago God sent an angel to Israel, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The angel told Mary that by God`s power, she would conceive and bear a son. When Joseph learned that she was pregnant, an angel instructed him to marry her. Joseph took her to Bethlehem to register for a census. While there, Mary gave birth to Jesus. She laid him in a manger because there was no room at the inn.
Shepherds visited Jesus on hearing of his birth and wise men brought gifts to Jesus. They told Herod the Great, a wicked king, that Jesus would rule Israel. So Herod sent soldiers to kill the children in Bethlehem. Warned by an angel, Joseph took his family to Egypt. After Herod died, they returned to Israel and raised Jesus in a town called Nazareth. Jesus said that he was the Son of God and was sent with the task of rendering peace and well being to mankind. He taught that everyone should feed the hungry, offer drinks to the thirsty and clothe the naked. He taught brotherhood and kindness. He asked his people to selflessly serve the fellow beings, which would mean that the God is served.
Jesus said many things that did not match with the other Jew priests which angered them and they decided to kill him. Jesus was crucified and he died on the cross while he was saving his followers from sins. Though Jesus died he had promised his followers that he would come back and so he rose from the dead and gave visions to his followers.
All of Jesus`s words and teachings have been compiled in a book called Bible and it is considered to be the sacred book for the Christians.