At the age of 30 Jesus began his public ministry. He taught, preached and did good works.
Jesus went from town to town, his fame grew. Many people were touched by his messages.
Rome and Jewish leaders grew concerned. Pontius Pilate thought Jesus was challenging the authority of Rome. Pilate arrested Jesus. Jesus was sentenced to be nailed to a wooden cross to die.
After Jesus' death, his body was placed into a tomb. 3 days later his body was gone, and a living Jesus appeared to his followers. One day it was said that he ascended into heaven.
The followers of Jesus were strengthened by their conviction that he had triumphed over death. So lead by Peter, the first apostle, they spread the teachings of Jesus throughout Palestine and Syria. The cross became a symbol of their beliefs.