About Jesus: Fully Human, Fully Divine
Christians believe that a man named Jesus, who lived 2000 years ago in Palestine, was also the Son of God. Christians call Jesus the "Messiah," "Christ," and "our Savior" because we believe that Jesus showed human beings how we can be saved or freed from all of the evil that enslaves us and all of the ways that we separate ourselves from God and one another. Jesus fulfilled the hopes and the prophecies of many people, including many Jews who already believed in God as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures. Christians believe that Jesus broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor. With God's help, Christians continue to strive to live as Jesus lived.
Because Jesus lived his life with such honesty, faith, and compassion and because Jesus affirmed the dignity of every human being he met - including the absolute freaks and outcasts of his society - Jesus was viewed as a threat to the established religious and political leaders of his time. At the age of 33, Jesus was executed as a criminal by the Roman government that occupied his homeland. Christians believe that God redeemed this horrific execution on a cross by raising Jesus from the dead. Through this incredible, outrageous act, God broke through the power of death once and for all. God showed us that love is more powerful than hate and that compassion is more forceful than violence.
In the Baptismal Covenant -vows that new Christians make - Christians promise to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to strive for justice and peace, and to respect the dignity of every human being. We promise to do these things "with God's help." Christians promise to try our best to live as Jesus lived, knowing that we will not always succeed and thankful that God loves us enough to let us try over and over again.