"Jesus the Christ" by Zanzig. Report on book

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When studying the bible the New Testament can be very complicated to interpret. The message of the bible is to show Gods kingdom. Jesus teaches us how to live our lives the way God wanted. In the book "Jesus the Christ" by Thomas Zanzig he shows us the portrait of Jesus life and who he was. He gets into a better understanding on how to get the complete message Jesus was showing us.

One of the questions most Christians ask is "Who is Jesus?" answering this question is not easy. Luke answers this with this scripture "Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked then who do the crowds say that I am? They answered John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others that one of the ancient prophets has arisen. He said to them, but who do you say I am? Peter said to them, but who do you say I am? Peter answered, The Messiah of God.

Jesus sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone." Luke 9:18-21(pp. 7). The line that stands out to me is when he says "Who do you say I am" this line is very powerful. Jesus was no doubt one of the greatest preachers known to mankind. His death may have marked the end of his life but not the end of his story. Jesus has many names such as teacher, rabbi, or prophet these names were given to Jesus before his death after his death he has been called Lord, Redeemer, Savior, the Christ, or Son of God.

When I think of the history of Jesus I always wonder why in the gospels they hardly speak of Jesus childhood. When people ask about my childhood I am able to answer with...