Jesus Christ: The Real Story

United Church of God

The story of Jesus Christ goes much deeper than His crucifixion and resurrection.Few will dispute that a man named Jesus Christ lived 2,000 years ago and that He was a great teacher who impacted the world. Christ made a controversial claim—that He was the very Son of God, the long-prophesied Messiah—causing religious authorities in Jerusalem to reject Him, hate Him and eventually succeeded in having Him put to death.

Likewise, the local Roman civil authorities also saw Him as a threat and became complicit in His execution. The religions of His day, both Judaism and paganism, opposed the growth of His teachings and used unlawful and violent means to try to destroy the Church He founded. The government of Rome also came to vigorously persecute the followers of this Jewish teacher from Galilee.

Today, there is much confusion and questions concerning this controversial figure. Where can you go for the answers? The Bible.

This Bible Study aid booklet, "Jesus Christ: The Real Story" will help explain what is written in the Bible about Jesus Christ. You can discover the answers to these questions and more: Who was Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Where did He come from? When was Jesus Christ born? What did Jesus teach? Was He God in the flesh? What did Jesus look like? Was He only a man? Why did He die?

Discover the true, fascinating story that so few understand. The story of the greatest Man who ever lived and the misunderstood message He preached—the gospel (good news) of the coming Kingdom of God!

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction - Jesus Christ: The Real Story
-- Who—and What—Was Jesus Christ?
-- Jesus Christ's Disciples Understood Him to Be the Creator
-- Jesus Christ: 'The Rock' of the Old Testament
-- The Family of God
-- Jesus' Amazing Fulfillment of Prophecy
-- The Bible Prophesied the Exact Year the Messiah Would Appear
-- Was Jesus Born on Dec. 25?
-- A Sinless and Miraculous Life
-- Could Jesus Perform Miracles?
-- Did Jesus Really Die and Live Again?
-- Roman Forms of Crucifixion
-- When Was Jesus Christ Crucified and Resurrected?
-- The Chronology of the Crucifixion and Resurrection
-- Do Other Nonbiblical Sources Confirm Jesus Christ's Existence?
-- Much More Than a Man
-- Was Jesus a Created Being?
-- The God Who Became a Human Being
-- Jesus' Family Connections
-- Did Jesus Have Long Hair?
-- The Messiah's Misunderstood Mission
-- What Do 'Messiah' and 'Jesus Christ' Mean?
-- What Was Jesus' Gospel?
-- Salvation Is Entrance Into the Kingdom of God
-- Other Names for the Kingdom
-- Jesus' Teaching on God's Law
-- Other Important Ways Jesus Fulfilled the Law
-- Christ's New Commandment
-- Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments?
-- Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible
-- Who Killed Jesus?
-- Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God
-- The Tearing of the Temple Veil
-- Alive Again Today and Forever
-- Your Date With Destiny: Meeting the Real Jesus
-- 'Even So, Come, Lord Jesus!'

Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Perhaps the boldest claim Jesus made about His identity was the statement, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John:8:58)...What was going on here? Jesus was revealing His identity as the actual One whom the Jews knew as God in the Old Testament."

"The New Testament writers cite messianic prophecies from the Old Testament more than 130 times. By some estimates the Old Testament contains 300 prophetic passages that describe who the Messiah is and what He will do. Of these, 60 are major prophecies. What are the chances of these prophecies being fulfilled in one person?"

"A careful analysis of Scripture, however, clearly indicates that December 25 is an unlikely date for Christ’s birth. Here are two primary reasons..."

"How can we fit “three days and three nights” between a Friday-afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday-morning resurrection?"
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Who we are: This publication is provided free of charge by the United Church of God, an International Association, which has ministers and congregations throughout much of the world.

We trace our origins to the Church that Jesus founded in the early first century. We follow the same teachings, doctrines and practices established then. Our commission is to proclaim the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness and to teach all nations to observe what Christ commanded (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20).

Free of charge: Jesus Christ said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). The United Church of God offers this and other publications free of charge as an educational service in the public interest. We invite you to request your free subscription to The Good News magazine and to enroll in our 12-lesson Bible Study Course, also free of charge.

We are grateful for the generous tithes and offerings of the members of the Church and other supporters who voluntarily contribute to support this work. We do not solicit the general public for funds. However, contributions to help us share this message of hope with others are welcomed. All funds are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

Personal counsel available: Jesus commanded His followers to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17). To help fulfill this command, the United Church of God has congregations around the world. In these congregations believers assemble to be instructed from the Scriptures and to fellowship.

The United Church of God is committed to understanding and practicing New Testament Christianity. We desire to share God’s way of life with those who earnestly seek to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our ministers are available to counsel, answer questions and explain the Bible. If you would like to contact a minister or visit one of our congregations, please feel free to contact our office nearest you at .

For additional information: Visit our Web site to download or request any of our publications, including issues of The Good News, dozens of free Bible study aid booklets, Beyond Today programs and much more.

Mailing address: United Church of God, an International Association, PO Box 541027, Cincinnati, OH 45254

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This Bible Study aid ebook, How to Understand the Bible, will explore a number of important points that will help you grasp the Bible's message and meaning - and make it relevant in your life!

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction: How to Understand the Bible
-- Approach the Bible With a Proper Attitude
-- Keys to Understanding the Bible
-- In Their Own Words: Great Men and Women Who Highly Respected the Bible
-- Does the Bible Contain Errors?
-- Actively Read and Study the Bible
-- Seven Scriptural Threads for More Complete Understanding
-- Are There Mistakes in the King James Version of the Bible?
-- Bible Study Software and Online Resources
-- Live What You Learn

Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Even though we might possess the world's brightest minds, if God does not act to open our minds, the Bible will remain closed to us."

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In fact, many prophecies do mention these nations. But, without a proper understanding of history and the Scriptures, few can identify these countries and understand what lies ahead for them.

The Bible study aid booklet, The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy, takes you on a remarkable journey through history and Bible prophecy to reveal an incredible story with sobering implications for the major English-speaking nations. You can't afford to be without this priceless information.

Chapters in this ebook:
-- Two Nations That Changed the World
-- God's Commitment to Abraham and His Descendants
-- What Is a Biblical Covenant?
-- How God Shaped Israel's Future
-- Does God Keep His Word?
-- How Jacob Became Abraham's Heir
-- Israel's Golden Age
-- With Justice for All
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-- Were All the Israelites Deported?
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-- Celts and Scythians Linked by Archaeological Discoveries
-- Linguistic Links: What's in a Name?
-- The Label Celt and Celtic Society
-- Prophecies of Israel's Resettlement in Northwestern Europe
-- Britain and the United States Inherit Joseph's Birthright
-- Benjamin Disraeli: Maestro of Empire
-- Advocates of British-Israelism
-- The Bible In British and American History
-- From Punishment to Destiny
-- Dual Fulfillment in Bible Prophecy
-- The Geography of Celtic-Scythian Commerce

Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Why has history been so benevolent and economically generous to Britain and the United States? Why have they been blessed so favorably over the nations that preceded them in history? The answer lies in the understanding and fulfillment of biblical prophecy."

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We want you to see the true scope of prophecy - how it links mankind's past, present and future. Learn how a knowledge of prophecy can provide you with a balanced perspective and the details of God's wonderful plan for humanity.

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Why Prophecy?
-- The Fundamentals of Bible Prophecy
-- Jesus Christ's Life and Death in Prophecy
-- Promise and Covenants: A Prophetic Legacy
-- God Confirms His Credibility to the World
-- History Proves the Accuracy of Bible Prophecy
-- The International Scope of Prophecy
-- The End of 'This Present Evil Age'
-- The Coming "Abomination of Desolation"
-- What Is 'the Lord's Day'?
-- The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ
-- Beyond the Millennium

Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"God inspired much of prophecy to relate to the first and second appearances of Jesus as the Messiah."

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