Jesus Christ is no doubt the most influential human to walk our planet. While the gospels have several facts about Jesus Christ, many others aren’t popular. As we focus on the “Anointed One” in this post, we will share some interesting facts about Jesus Christ.
Describing Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ goes by so many names such as the Lion of Judah, the Lamb of God, Savior of the world, the Messiah, etc. He wasn’t just a teacher or prophet as many religions see Him; he was and is God manifested in human form.
His coming to earth altered history, broke science’s laws and shattered human reasoning. Through His death and resurrection, He bought our redemption and gave us a place in God’s kingdom. We could go on and on trying to describe Him until we don’t have enough words.
Facts about Jesus Christ
Here are facts about Jesus Christ that you should know:
Isaiah prophesied His conception
There are several hints of the Messiah’s coming in the Old Testament. However, the Book of Isaiah is the only one with specific details regarding His conception. The prophet, in Isaiah 7:14 talks about the sign of the Messiah’s conception, saying,
“Behold, the young woman shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Matthew confirms the fulfillment of this prophecy in the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.
Jesus Christ was born earlier than we think
The history timeline is split into two halves, B.C. and A.D. The former means “before Christ” and the latter, “anno Domini” or “in the year of the Lord.” While most think that Jesus Christ was born in 1 A.D., most historians recorded the date around 6 B.C. to 2 B.C.
There are several proofs to back this fact. For example, Roman historians record that Herod the Great died in 4 B.C. According to the gospels, Herod was still alive when Jesus Christ was born. Another proof is that the census that made Joseph take his family to Bethlehem occurred in around 6 B.C. While we don’t have the exact date, it is clear that He was born earlier than 1 A.D.
Christ wasn’t His surname
When we refer to our Savior, we follow the name “Jesus” with “Christ.” In His time, He was known as “the carpenter” or “son of Joseph.” Christ is the Greek word “Christos,” meaning “the anointed one.” People added a title to His name to show that God chose and anointed Him to bring us salvation.
Jesus Christ’s family tree wasn’t made up of the holiest individuals
Again, one would have expected God to choose the purest of family trees when coming as the Savior of humankind. Instead, He preferred an inauspicious family line. Some of the most notable characters in His family tree were shady and unconventional. Here’s a list of some of them below:
- Jacob: A supplanter (Genesis 27:36).
- Judah: Worked with his brothers to sell his brother into slavery (Genesis 37:18-36).
- Rahab: She was a known prostitute (Joshua 2:1).
- David: Killed a man to cover up adultery (2 Samuel 11:5-27).
- Solomon: Chronic womanizer that later turned from God (1 Kings 11:1-13).
- Rehoboam: Did evil in God’s sight (2 Chronicles. 12:14).
- Abijah: Was a sinner just like his father (1 Kings 15:3).
Jesus Christ had siblings
Several passages in the gospels tell us about Jesus Christ having siblings. Matthew even mentions some of his brothers’ names and states that he had sisters as well. Check Matthew 13:55-56, Mark 3:31, and Luke 8:19.
Jesus Christ spoke multiple languages
The first-century Jews spoke Aramaic. However, Jesus Christ learned Torah like most Jews, written in Hebrew. It is very likely Jesus Christ spoke Greek since He spoke to both the Centurion and Pilate. While the Romans spoke Latin, they interacted with Jews in Greek.
Jesus Christ grew up in Nazareth
Jesus Christ lived like every ordinary first-century Jew in his hometown Nazareth. He worked with his father as a carpenter, had friends, and even attended classes. Nazareth had an estimated population of 2,000 individuals at the time.
Jesus’ Second cousin baptized him
John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. The two of them were second cousins via their mothers. Theologians believe that John’s birth was a miracle to prepare for the Messiah’s coming.
Mary was present at His birth and death
There is only one person that witnessed both Jesus’ birth and death. Her name was Mary, and she was the mother of Jesus Christ. Of course, she gave birth to Him after an immaculate conception. John’s account of Jesus’ death reveals that she was present and Jesus was concerned about her welfare.
That’s it for our interesting facts about Jesus Christ. What other facts do you know? Please share them with us in the comments section. Also, kindly check out other articles on GodKulture.