Who is Jesus?
Jesus, often known as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, lived from about 4 BCE to about 30-33CE.
He was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader who claimed to be (and is believed by Christians to be) the Son of God, i.e. the incarnation of God the Son and the messiah (the Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament.
Christians believe that he was raised from death after being crucified for his claims and was seen by his followers and many others before ascending to heaven.
Once in heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit who gives understanding and enables all who believe to experience the presence of the risen Jesus today.
In John's Gospel chapter 3 verses 16-17 we read, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Christians believe that this eternal life is not just life after death, it is also life with Jesus before death. It is a transformational, ongoing journey of guidance, challenge, healing, service, fellowship, adventure and joy.
Finding out more
You may simply feel relaxed after meditating or you may find that your encounter with Jesus has left you wanting to find out more. There are a number of ways of finding out more, for example, the Books page contains a number of recommendations.
There are also websites such as christianity.org.uk which is the website of the Christian Enquiry Agency which is an agency of Churches Together in England. It not only gives helpful information but also allows you to ask for prayer or enter into an email conversation. Such a conversation comes with the following promise:
After you contact us, no one will telephone, visit, spam or bother you. We will only use the information you have given us to respond to what you have asked for.
If you wish to chat online to someone, there is a Christian organisation who you can chat to 24/7. To use this free service just click on Chatnow.
Taketime Together groups
Meditation does not always have to be a solitary exercise, and for some the experience of Taketime has developed into a desire to explore faith with others.
To meet this need, Taketime has developed Taketime sessions called Taketime Together. These sessions typically consist of three parts.
- a 20 to 30-minute Taketime Meditation,
- Tea and Coffee and a chance to chat with others informally
- a Time of Sharing
There is an opportunity to leave after each section, so you can leave after the meditation if you wish, or after the refreshments, or you can stay for all three sections.
The Time of Sharing is for anyone who would like to talk about their spiritual journey and look at the Bible passage on which the meditation was based.
It uses open questions inspired by the Godly Play “wondering” questions. These questions enable people to share their experiences of the meditation if they wish. The session then looks at the Bible text and allows people to share their reactions. This is achieved using a simplified version of the practice of Lectio Divina, which requires no background knowledge and values all contributions equally.
An entire Taketime Together session time will typically last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on the constraints of the group. For example a lunchtime group may only have an hour to meet.
We are currently training leaders from right across the country to run Taketime Together sessions.