When you and I think about who we are, we often think about where we come from. Our sense of self is shaped by our Family of Origin, the city where we grew up, and our ethnic background. The same is true for Jesus. He grew up as a Jewish boy in a small town in Roman occupied Israel two thousand years ago. Following Jesus, first requires us to understand who he was and the people he came from. Starting this Sunday, we will explore the story of the Ancient Israelites in order to better understand who Jesus was.