Be­gin with Je­sus to start learn­ing about Chris­tian­ity

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How can I learn about your re­li­gion? I am here from an­other coun­try on a stu­dent visa, and in my coun­try we fol­low a dif­fer­ent re­li­gion, but I’m cu­ri­ous about yours.

In just a few weeks Chris­tians will be ob­serv­ing Christ­mas, which cel­e­brates the birth of Je­sus Christ over 2,000 years ago. He is the cen­ter of our faith, and as Christ­mas ap­proaches I hope you’ll take time to ex­plore who Je­sus was and why he is im­por­tant.

Who was Je­sus? The Bi­ble (the an­cient book which tells us about Je­sus) tells us that he wasn’t only a man, but he was also God. In other words, on that first Christ­mas God came down from Heaven and took upon Him­self our hu­man na­ture. Think of it: God be­came a man! The Bi­ble says, “For God was pleased to have all his full­ness dwell in him” (Colos­sians 1:19).

But why did Je­sus come into the world? He came for one rea­son: to bring us back to God. You see, God is ab­so­lutely holy and pure. But we have com­mit­ted many wrongs, and as a re­sult we are sep­a­rated from God. We can’t erase our sins, no mat­ter how good we are; only God can for­give us and cleanse us — and he made this pos­si­ble by send­ing Je­sus into the world. He was with­out sin — but all our sins were trans­ferred to Him, and now he of­fers us for­give­ness and eter­nal life as a free gift.

I hope you’ll find a Bi­ble and read about Je­sus. (His life is told in the first four books of what is called the New Tes­ta­ment.) When you do, you’ll not only dis­cover who Je­sus was, but you’ll dis­cover an even greater truth: God loves you, and you can be­come part of his fam­ily for­ever.

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