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The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Who is the Son?
His name is Jesus.
And while critics have continued in their attempt to discredit this story over the centuries ( particularly today), it is interesting, as time moves on, that these same critics are refuted, ....and forgotten.
This is a powerful story that a certain man, one solidary life, some 2,000 years ago is said to have risen from the dead. And the world has never been the same since.
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years, he was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family, or owned a house.
He didn't go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born.
He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials, but himself.
He was thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies, and went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing -- the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race, and the leader of humankind's progress.
All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the governments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of humankind on earth as much as that .....one solitary life.
And Jesus' story is told in the New Testament part of The Bible, the Holy Scriptures. These Scriptures explain that he came to give us, the whole world, the Good News that the kingdom of God has come, and God cares for us and loves us.
It is the story of God building a family who will love him, honor him, and reign with him forever: "His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 1:5).
So, the New Testament goes on to explain that it is possible to know God personally through the person of Jesus, and we can become a new forgiven creation in this life. Also, we are assured of eternal life in Heaven, with God, our loved ones, and friends.
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