christians assert that in jesus god reached out to conquer human weaknesses. to be christian = declare jesus the lord and savior of the world. childhood home was in nazareth, tiny jewish village, predominantly greek- speaking northern region called gallileo. age of 12, after spending holiday is jerusalem with his family, he became so absorbed in discussing the subtleties of jewish law with the teachers at the temple that his family started home without him. baptism by his older cousin, john the baptist, during which he sees the heavens open and the holy spirit descending like a dove: interpretation: a call to prophecy or ministry, he withdraws into the. Wilderness" on eastern side of jordan river on a spiritual retreat: he is joined by satan there who offers him a series of retreats but jesus refuses.