Philosophers, historians, theologians, and ordinary people have wrestled with questions about Jesus down through the ages. At St Nicholas Church we believe and teach that Jesus was both a man who lived a fully human life, as well as God who in rich love for all people came to rescue humanity. He was a radical of his day but not merely a rebel. His wisdom has transcended the generations, but he was more than a sage. He was unconcerned with celebrity yet there is no figure more discussed or quoted in human history than Jesus. Beyond all these things, we believe that Jesus’ mission was ultimately to give up his life as a sacrifice for our fallen humanity. After his death, Jesus was brought to life again. He was raised into heaven and is alive today. He gives new life to all who believe in him and who follow him. To believe in Jesus is not to gain philosophical insight nor is it to achieve a higher moral ground. Jesus offers each of us a personal relationship that brings us a freedom, through forgiveness, to live the life that we are created to fulfil, evidenced in a transformation of the heart and a new purpose for our day-to-day living and beyond.
This is the heart of our message at St Nicholas and the source of our passion. We do not force anyone to believe it, but we welcome anyone interested in Jesus to come and spend time with us on a Sunday or in our mid-week groups and activities.
If you want to know Jesus for yourself, or grow in your understanding of him personally, we would love to meet with you. Please contact us.
A little more...
Below are a few bible verses that guide us in our understanding of the person of Jesus, followed by a few famous quotes.
"Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
- Jesus's disciples (1st century, Mark 4:41)
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."
- St Paul (1st century, Colossians 1:15-16)
"I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very centre of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history."
- H.G. Wells, British author (1866-1946)
"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."
- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political leader (1869-1948)
If you would like to know more about Jesus and the Christian Faith, have a look at these pages on the website of the Diocese of York.
For more information online, you can visit christianity.org, or to learn more about Jesus in a fun and engaging way, visit rejesus.
Or if you prefer books, take a look at More than a Carpenter' by Josh McDowell, 'Mere Christianity' C.S. Lewis or 'The Jesus I never knew' by Philip Yancey.