CHRIST

"I believe... in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell.

"On the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven,and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead."


Jesus of Nazareth: peasant workman, wandering rabbi, healer. And also, Messiah, High King of the Universe, and God. Jesus was a true, historical figure in whose messy life natural and supernatural intersected with explosive results. The Creed we quote in the Prologue spends 85% of its time painting his life in bold, deft strokes. Everything else, even God the Father, only gets a line or two. To understand Christianity you have to understand this man from Nazareth. Christianity is Jesus.

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Easter: "...If Christ has Never Been Raised..." - Either Jesus rose from the dead or Christianity is a lie, simple as that, says the Apostle Paul.

The Meaning of Resurrection - To the average first century Jew, when the resurrection happens everything changes.

The Great Announcement - Part 1Part 2, Part 3 - (A continuing series) Jesus came with a message (commonly called "the Gospel") and trained his students to spread it throughout the world. What is it and why is it so important?

Jesus and the Universe - If there are intelligent beings on other planets should that "shake our faith?"

Jesus' Family Tomb - Does he have one?

Tom Wright on the Theme of the Gospels - A pregnant snippet from one of the world's best New Testament scholars on what the Gospel really is.

What Kind of Messiah Did They Expect? - Possibly boring raw technical data on how the people of Jesus' time thought about the Messiah.

Ancient Writers Who Mention Jesus of Nazareth - For an itinerant teacher in a backwater of the Roman empire, Jesus received a surprising amount of notice.  Here is some of the documentation.

Did He Really Live? What Do the Scholars Say? - Professional historians have no doubt he existed.  This is an ever-expanding collection of quotes from them and other knowledgeable experts.

Snarky Jesus Questions  and Answers to Snarky Jesus Questions -- Kids with script writers say the darnedest things. But then again, how would you answer them?


Advent 2010: Footsteps of the King -- Christmas celebrates the invasion of the world by God in the form of a peasant girl's baby. Advent is the preparation for the King's arrival. During this time join Authentic Light each Sunday and Wednesday as we post short essays to help us focus on the King's approaching footsteps.

No Vacancy - Even if there was "no room in the inn" why wasn't there room with Joseph's relatives?