His story is perhaps the most famous on earth, but who exactly was this water-walking carpenter who claimed to be the Christ? And what do we know about Jesus the man?
Born into obscurity, Jesus was raised in the tiny rural village of Nazareth, northern Israel. He had at least 3 brothers and a number of sisters and lived, as far as we know, for the first 30 years of His life in relative anonymity.
Bursting into the spotlight, Jesus' fame spread far and wide as He went about teaching people about God and showing them what happens when the natural and supernatural collide. People went to extraordinary lengths just to hear Him speak; whether climbing up trees, crawling on hands and knees through a crowd, or venturing out into the dead of night there was just something about this man that drew people out of their status-quo.
Jesus' popularity and the miraculous way He healed so many people was not without opposition. Never shying away from controversy, Jesus challenged the socio-political leaders of the first century to such an extent that they simply couldn't afford to keep Him around. Not only was He taking them on at their own game, He was simultaneously rewriting the rule book! With His influence increasing daily, a plot was hatched to frame Jesus and have Him executed by the imperial forces that occupied Israel at the time.
Led to the top of a hill on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Jesus was nailed to a cross having been questioned and then sentenced to death - somewhat reluctantly - by the governor of the region. Without appeal and without objection Jesus died at the hands of a crowd who, only days before, had been shouting for joy at His arrival into the city.
But, unlike most, His story doesn't end there!