OBIT: Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth

(Artwork Credit: (c) 2010 Ray Downing)

Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died today on Mount Calvary, also known as Golgotha, the place of the skull. Betrayed by his follower and friend Judas, Jesus was crucified by the Romans, by order of the ruler Pontius Pilate. The causes of death were crucifixion, extreme exhaustion, severe torture, and loss of blood.

Jesus Christ, a descendant of Abraham, was a member of the house of David. He was a son of the late Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth, and Mary, his mother. Jesus was born in a stable in the city of Bethlehem, Judea. He was preceded in death by Joseph and is survived by his mother Mary, his numerous disciples, and all those who do the will of God.

Jesus was self educated and spent most of his adult life working as a teacher. He also was known as a healer and it is reported that many were made whole by his touch. Up until the time of his death, Jesus was teaching and sharing the Good News, healing the sick, providing sight to the blind, befriending the lonely, feeding the hungry, and helping the poor.

Jesus was most noted for telling stories about what he described as the Kingdom of Heaven. He also was reported to have performed miracles, such as feeding over 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. On the day before his death, he held a Last Supper celebrating the Passover Feast with his friends and at which he foretold his death.

The body was quickly buried in a stone grave, which was donated by Joseph of Arimathea, a loyal friend of the family. By order of Pontius Pilate, a boulder was rolled in front of the tomb. Roman soldiers were put on guard.

At the request of his extended family, there will be no memorial service.