He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn’t go to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness.
He had no credentials but Himself.
He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through a mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, His executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Two thousand years have come and gone, yet across the world he is still the central figure of the human race and the architect of mankind’s progress.
All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the human race as much as that One Solitary Life.
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I am the bread of Life: whoever comes to me, shall not be hungry.
Ask and you will receive, Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.
The Difference Jesus makes to our lives…
“Jesus quite simply means everything to me. That is not to say that I do not have many earthly concerns, responsibilities and sources of happiness. It certainly doesn’t mean that I always act or think in a “godly” or spiritual way but it does mean that I am certain of eternal life which completely changes the perspective on all things earthly.
“Jesus also allows me to pray to God confident that I have the right to do this and will be heard. The teachings of Jesus give a guide on the way to live. This is not, as is mostly portrayed by the media, restrictive and repressive. It is hard work and sometimes confusing but ultimately a source of great strength and freedom, which cannot be found in today’s gods of materialism and power.
“Many people, especially of my generation or older, are very familiar with the teachings of Jesus as it has been part of their education and culture. Other younger people may not know of these. Attending St Timothy’s has enabled me to get to know and love Jesus personally which brings a happiness and peace which cannot be found elsewhere.”