He was born to unwed parents.
His mother, Mary, got pregnant. She said it was from God. Even her fiancé, Joseph, didn’t believe her at first.
Through God's grace, they made it work.
He grew up as a carpenter like his mom's husband.
Now that's blue collar.
His followers were a rag-tag bunch.
Unschooled, illiterate fisherman, tax-men, swindlers, hussies, and boozers. Yep, we're serious; these are the people that followed Him and founded Christianity.
He was all about love.
Love God. Love one another. Don't judge each other. Everything comes back to Love. But don't be confused, Love is not weak...
He is there for the helpless.
Children, sick people, outcasts, and rejects. He healed them, helped them, and treated them like they deserved respect.
He is there for the outcasts.
The adulteress, the homeless, the diseased, the insane... the leaders of religion wanted outcasts exiled or even killed. Love stood in their way.
He was HATED by the religious leaders.
They liked their insider status and the money they swindled out of people. Love challenged they ways they made faith complicated, an insider's game that only they could win. Can you relate? Love made them look like fools, outsmarting them every time.
And the more the people followed Love, the more the leaders of religion wanted Him dead.
He was judged, rejected, and killed.
They thought if they killed Love, His way would be finished. So they did it. They said Love was a fake. They arrested Him, and they had Him killed.
But that was exactly what He intended.
He beat death.
Love created life, the world, and everything in it, so it really shouldn't be surprising that death couldn't stop Him. But for the people who thought He was just a man, it was a big shock when they went to visit His dead body in the grave and found...
He is ALIVE.
He will never leave. He created you and me, and wants to be with us every single day. If you believe in Him, He will change your life. That is just the kind of God He is.