Hallmark Jesus or Real Jesus?

This post, written about a year ago, is by far this blog’s most frequently viewed entry. Since it seems to be of interest and many of you were not reading Connecting Dots to God a year ago, here it is again. May we all seek the real Jesus this Advent season!

Connecting Dots...to God

Who is this Jesus we celebrate at Christmas?  That may seem like a silly question, for most of us know the story of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, but the identity of Jesus Christ has always been a matter of controversy.

Jesus himself asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” (Mark 8:27) Apparently it was an open question even when Jesus walked the earth.

Historically, according to the Bible, he was a Jew from the line of David born in Bethlehem to a young virgin named Mary.  He worked with his father, Joseph, as a carpenter until at the age of 30 he began a three-year ministry of “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness” (Matthew 9:35).

Theologically, Jesus is God incarnate, fully God and fully man.  “He is the image of the invisible God.”  He is Immanuel, “God with us.” He is our Savior, Christ the Lord.  He was…

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