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7:00 A.M. EST Oct. 22, 2010

A web-only UMNS illustration by Kathleen Barry via Wordle.net.
A web-only UMNS illustration by Kathleen Barry via Wordle.net.

Jesus Christ is the dividing line of time. That is why we have B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini or In the Year of Our Lord). He is one of the most controversial persons who ever lived. Battles were fought in his name. Martyrs died for him. And countless enemies have reviled him throughout the centuries.

But he continues to exert an important influence to the world—spiritually, socially and perhaps even politically.

But who is Jesus?

Let’s look at his resume.

Career Objective:

“I have come that they may have life and that they may have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Personal Background

Name: Jesus of Nazareth

Sex: Male

Age: 33

Address: Nazareth, Galilee; frequently seen all over Judea, Jerusalem and even in Samaria

Mighty Rasing (far right) served as a Bible-study leader during the 2009 summer camp of the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church youth held in Malolos City, the Philippines. A UMNS web-only photo courtesy of Light It Up! The Good Samaritan UMC Youth Camp.
Mighty Rasing (far right) served as a Bible-study leader during the 2009 summer camp of the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church youth held in Malolos City, the Philippines. A UMNS web-only photo courtesy of Light It Up! The Good Samaritan UMC Youth Camp.

Date of Birth: Unknown (celebrated on Dec. 25)

Place of Birth: A manger in Bethlehem

Father’s Name: God, the Holy Spirit

Foster Father: Joseph

Father’s Occupation: Carpenter

Mother’s Name: Mary

Mother’s Occupation: Housewife

Educational Background

Taught by the Holy Spirit. Empowered by Scriptures.

Studied with Pharisees and Scribes but knew more than they did. (See Luke 2:41-52)

Work Experience

Carpenter. An apprentice in the carpentry business of Joseph, my earthly father.

Fisherman. Also walked on water (Mark 6:45-56).

Bartender. Turned water into wine (John 2:1-11).

Weatherman. Calmed a storm (Luke 8:22-25).

Social Worker. Fed 5,000 people. That was not easy to do, given the scarcity of food in that area (Luke 9:10-17).

William Tolentino (left) and Mighty Rasing, from the Philippines, sing during worship at a meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in August 2006. A UMNS file photo by Kathy L. Gilbert
William Tolentino (left) and Mighty Rasing, from the Philippines, sing during worship at a meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in August 2006. A UMNS file photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.
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Physician/Healer. Healed many persons including a man with leprosy and a paralytic (Luke 5:12-26), a deaf and mute person (Mark 7:31-37) and the child of a Phoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30).

Ophthalmologist. Healed a blind beggar in Jericho (Luke 18:35-43).

Exorcist. Battled demons and faced extreme temptation in the desert (Luke 4:1-13) and exorcised a boy with an evil spirit (Luke 9:37-45).

Activist and Critic. Overturned tables and told marketers to leave after the temple of God was turned into a market (John 2:12-17). Frequently at odds with hypocrites, namely the Pharisees and the Scribes, who looked holy but did not live up to their calling.

Preacher and Teacher. Taught many people (Matthew 5). Used parables and stories so that only those who truly wanted to learn would understand.

Savior.  If you would just believe, you will have eternal life (John 3:16).

Although Jesus Christ was reported dead on the cross, he rose from the grave and was seen by the disciples and a hundred more. He also promised to send the Holy Spirit to all who would believe in him.

Who is Jesus Christ to you?

*Rasing is the Filipino representative for the United Methodist Young People’s Ministries. He wrote this as a Bible study for youth at a summer camp sponsored by Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in the Philippines.

News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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