Biographical Analysis of Jesus

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Introduction Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the most renowned leader of all time. Nearly 2.1 billion Christians around the world today follow the lead of a single man that lived thousands of years ago (Barrett, Kurian, & Johnson, 2001). His life, as well as the morals and ethics that He emulated, have become the standard measure of leadership. Born into an impoverished family in a manger in Bethlehem, Jesus rose from an ordinary childhood to become an extraordinary leader. Jesus’ guidance of His disciples and the people He met is perhaps the first evidence of servant leadership. Before Jesus, power was maintained by those who either inherited it or won it; however, Jesus redefined the concept of a ruler at the time. He showed that anybody was capable of leading and that they just needed guidance. He also emphasized that individuals should inspire others to lead as well. Jesus was brutally tortured and executed under the rule of Pontius Pilate, but His teachings are as predominate today as they were more than 2000 years ago. Introduction to the Leader Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Judea between 7 and 2 BC to Mary and Joseph (Matthew 2:1, Today’s New International Version). He lived the first thirty years of His life as a traditional Jewish carpenter. Throughout His life, Israel remained under the Roman dictatorial rule of Caesar. It was not until the last three years of His life that His prophesized destiny was fulfilled and He was recognized and later condemned as the Messiah. Jesus traveled throughout the Roman Empire teaching the doctrines of Christianity and redefining the concept of faith. He emulated characteristics of leadership that many modern leaders recognize as critical to leadership and others only hope to attain. Eventually His teachings clashed with the Jewish law and He was ordered to be put to death by Roman Governor Pontius Pilate. Jesus

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