For a man who lived in a Roman backwater 2000 years ago and was in the public eye for only 3 years, Jesus of Nazareth has had an unparalleled impact on our world. Most of the globe even divides its history around the (approximate) year of his birth.
So who was this man? The startling and unique claim of the Christian faith is that Jesus was (and is) fully God and fully man. Why do we believe Jesus was 'fully God'? There are many reasons but the most telling is that Jesus came back from the dead and appeared to many witnesses. Nor was he half-dead but he had a glorious new body.
Jesus' resurrection so empowered his followers that they literally risked everything to tell everyone the good news that God has saved us in Jesus. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our rejection of God (called 'sin') and rose from the dead to show he had conquered death and that by trusting in him we can have eternal life.
For his early followers, Jesus' resurrection confirmed he was who he claimed to be - namely the King of the whole world and the only way to be right with God. In a time when the Roman emperors were worshiped as gods, this message was both dangerous and unpopular.
The same can be said today but the evidence for Jesus' resurrection is still compelling. What will you make of this God-man?