In Christian belief, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, one third of
the Blessed Trinity which comprises himself, his Father, and the Holy
Spirit. Sent to Earth to atone for the awful sins of mankind, Jesus was
born in the town of Bethlehem, to mortal parents by virginal
birth, known to Christians as 'the Immaculate Conception'. His mother
on Earth was Mary, his father
Joseph. Mary was elevated to the status
of Queen of Heaven after Jesus' death, while Joseph was made a saint.
Jesus preached for thirty years on the Earth, explaining to the
large and ever-expanding following he attracted the mysteries of his
kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, and how people could attain that
wonderful place, simply by treating each other better. He gathered to
him twelve acolytes, or Apostles, whom he later sent out into the world
on their own, to cast out demons and bring the true word of God to the
Jesus himself performed many miracles while on the Earth, among
them the changing of water into wine at a wedding feast in Canaan, the
healing of the blind, the crippled and the lame, the curing of
lepers, and even the resurrection from the dead of his friend, Lazarus.
But all of this attracted the attention of the occupying Roman
forces, who finally decided that they had to step in when the crowds
proclaimed Jesus as their king. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, one of his
Apostles, Jesus was taken before the high priests of the Jews, tried
before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, and sentenced to be crucified
on the cross.
However, according to Christian myth, the Saviour rose from the dead
after three days, and was seen to walk the Earth for some time, visiting
again his Apostles, before being finally accepted back into Heaven, into
which he ascended in glorious triumph, the sin of man expiated, his job
on Earth accomplished. He is said to sit there since, at the right hand
of his Father. The cross on which he died is still revered by
Christians as a symbol of great power and reverence.