Jesus was raised in Nazareth in the home of Joseph, a carpenter, and his wife Mary. Jesus most likely went to school in a room attached to the synagogue. Hew as a faithful Jew and followed all the Jewish customs. Jesus was a human being. God took on a human form in Jesus in order to live life like we do. God 's love for us is unconditional and infinite.
To communicate with us in a personnel way like we do with our friends and family, there was no better way for God to be with us than for God to become one of us. Jesus walked along the same roadways and experienced the same trials and tribulations as other people. Accepting Jesus as fully human is as important as accepting him as fully divine. Jesus experienced stress, anger, frustration and loneliness but he chose never to respond sinfully to these experiences. Given the choice between popularity and telling people the truth, he chose the path that ultimately turned people against him and led to his death. Jesus is a role model for me.
Like Jesus I have been baptized in the faith. I was baptized as an infant whereas Jesus was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist when he was about thirty years old. During his life Jesus was tempted in the desert by the devil three times to give up his complete dependence on God and accept the easy forms of power the devil offered. Jesus resisted for he knew that only his faith in God would give him the power. As I grow up many times I am tempted to do the wrong things.
Doing the wrong thing is sometimes easier than doing what is right. Understanding that Jesus also faced these obstacles and that prayer can help you resist in these tough situations in life is reassuring to me. Jesus taught his disciples and us how to pray. He taught people to pray simply and trustingly to God as father, without trying to impress God with fancy language. Through Jesus I learned to talk to God like a son does to his father; to say what is in your heart, to ask for guidance when you need to make tough decisions. Jesus has taught me to be thankful for all the blessing I have in life.
Blessing are not necessarily being rich in material goods. But being rich in the things that matter most like the love and respect of family and friends. Jesus teaches that in the Kingdom of God the usual values and priorities of the world are turned upside down. The poor are truly rich, the most powerful are the weakest and a person who wants to lead must first become a servant. Jesus could not stand hypocrisy and injustice and he let people know. The Pharisees and the Sadducces debated with him on the fine points of Jewish law and healing a person on the Sabbath a day of rest.
Jesus loved the law, but he could not bear to see it abused as a way to control people and put them down. By following Jesus example, I try to reflect on our laws and how they effect all people. Jesus taught that people should love not only their friends but their enemies as well. He lived this by example.
He forgave those who persecuted him and betrayed him. Even as he hung on the cross dying, he forgave those who put him to death. Many times in my life I have gotten mad at people who I thought have betrayed me. It is easy to stay angry or hold a grudge but then I think of Jesus and realize these things are petty.
If Jesus could forgive the people who crucified him my actions seem inconsequential. Jesus has taught me to accept people who are different then me. Through him Have learned not to judge people. I try to have an open mind with those that are different from me. Jesus stood up for people who were powerless I try to help those who are less fortunate then I am. Through my grandparents church I donate clothes that I have outgrown, books that I have already read and sport equipment which I have replaced to children who families are from foreign countries and can not afford to buy these things for their children.
Jesus lived many years ago, but the lessons we learn from him still apply today in our lives. He taught me how to communicate with God, our father and how to live life with humility-a total openness to the call of God. By following Jesus teachings I can show that we are all God's children and we are all loved by God. Jesus is to me way to understand God which I can relate to. Jesus is God in a human form. Heh as some of the same traits as God but also some of the same weaknesses I have.
He shows me that I can be close to God even though I am not perfect.