People have called him a great prophet, an important teacher and a heroic revolutionary, yet millions recognise him as much more than this. The Nicene Creed (the Christian statement of beliefs) that is regularly declared by Catholics states what we believe about Jesus:
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
This is an extraordinary statement of faith that millions believe. It is based on what the Church has come to understand about Jesus and his importance; not just by believing in an idea or a good way to live but by encountering Jesus Christ personally.
There is a difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing someone personally.
If you would like to know more about Jesus, read about him in the New Testament of the Bible and don’t be afraid to ask. Speak to Jesus and ask him to reveal himself to you. Jesus’ mission was and is to seek out and save each one of us so he will answer. You might like to use the prayer below:
I have heard of you Jesus but I do not know that what I have heard is true. I would like to know the truth about you and whether you are important to me and my life. Is it possible that there is more to life than what I know now? Is it possible that I was created for eternity with you? Can I be forgiven? I am willing to learn and would like to know the truth. If you are God then I know that you will speak to me somehow. I will wait for your answer.
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If you know about Jesus but want to know him personally you will need to learn how to get to know him through prayer. Go to How Do I Pray? for some tips on prayer.