(Revised, author unknown)
Jesus of Nazareth, age 33, believed by some to be the Son of God, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also called Golgotha. Following an informal trial by Jewish leaders, He was presented to Governor Pilate for official pronouncement of guilt and sentencing. Following lengthy deliberation in front of a largely hostile crowd, Pilate grudgingly bound Jesus over for execution by means of crucifixion.
Prior to reaching Golgotha Jesus was subjected to verbal and physical abuse, yet never resisted or threatened His tormentors. Nor did he protest while being horrifically nailed to the cross. Despite intense agony, this unique Individual even asked God to forgive His mean spirited accusers and persecutors.
He lasted six hours, remarkable considering His depleted physical condition. He eventually succumbed to heart failure, induced by severe physical trauma, loss of blood, asphyxiation and shock.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. He was the alleged* son of Joseph - a carpenter from Nazareth - and Mary. (*He claimed that God was actually His Father.) His mother, several brothers and sisters, and a small band of disciples survive him.
During the last 3 years of his life, Jesus was an itinerant preacher, passionately promoting His Kingdom and salvation for its citizens. It is reported that He healed thousands of people. Some even allege that He calmed storms, walked on water and raised numerous people from the dead.
Following His death, Jesus was buried in a grave donated by Joseph of Arimathea. Due to earlier claims that He would rise from His grave, Jewish leaders took great pains to make His grave secure. A huge stone with a Roman seal blocked the entrance, and soldiers guarded the area.
UPDATE - The third day following Jesus’ death, His tomb was found EMPTY. Although specious rumors abound, no reasonable explanation has been established, except for Jesus' claim that He would rise from the grave. His disciples adamantly insist that they have seen Him alive, and that He will return to take His followers to heaven. The evidence is sufficiently compelling that millions of people sincerely believe that Jesus STILL LIVES.
“This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner..." (Acts 1:11)
Jesus, Always Jesus!