Who Is Jesus?
The Bible teaches us that in the beginning, God made the earth, all of the animals and trees and finally, Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve enjoyed a perfect relationship with God. There was no sickness, no sadness, nothing but joy and perfection in God’s continual presence… until they sinned. When that happened, that relationship was broken, and through their sin, Adam and Eve gave Satan the dominion over this world, the dominion that God had intended for them and their descendants.
But God, knowing that the free will He had given His human creation would ultimately fail, had a plan. He Himself would do what man couldn’t do. He became man and dealt with sin once and for all.
Scripture says that the sin nature is passed through the seed of our fathers, so Jesus, having been born of a virgin, did not have this nature, much like Adam and Eve before their fall. In fact, the Bible calls Jesus the second Adam because of this. The Bible also tells us that Jesus is God, who came and lived among us as a man; He is God the Son, eternally one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He alone can forgive our sins and give salvation. The writer of Hebrews explains how "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Many people believe that Jesus was alive, that He was a good person, a great teacher and a spiritual man, but they deny that He is God. Jesus Himself, however, never refuted that claim. In fact, He upheld it, directly through dialogue and through signs and wonders…
JESUS SAID HE IS GOD
"But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.' 'Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied. 'But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.' Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, 'He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.'"
JESUS SAID HE CAME FROM HEAVEN
"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me."
"I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
JESUS FORGAVE SIN
"Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven.' The other guests began to say among themselves, 'Who is this who even forgives sins?' "
LUKE 7:48, 49
JESUS SAID HE WAS SINLESS
"Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?"
JESUS ACCEPTED WORSHIP AS GOD
"Then those who were in the boat worshiped him Jesus, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
"Then the man said, 'Lord Jesus, I believe,' and he worshiped him."
JESUS SAID HE WAS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.'"
JESUS PERFORMED MIRACLES, INCLUDING RAISING OTHERS AND HIMSELF FROM THE DEAD
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people."
Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
"While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. 'Your daughter is dead,' he said. 'Don't bother the teacher any more.' Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, 'Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.' …Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. 'Stop wailing,' Jesus said. 'She is not dead but asleep.' They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, 'My child, get up!' Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat."
LUKE 8:49-50, 52-55
"As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, 'Don't cry.' Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, 'Young man, I say to you, get up!' The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother."
"When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'"
JOHN 11:43, 44
"In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He [Jesus] is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Then they remembered his words."
SO WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ME?
Earlier on, we talked a bit about Adam and Eve and how God had intended to have a relationship with them that would last an eternity. When they rebelled against God, though, that relationship was broken. God, having come in the form of a man, Jesus Christ, would undo the damage to that relationship cause by sin.
This Biblical message of salvation is simple and clear and astounding at the same time. We have all committed sin against God (Romans 3:23). Other than Jesus Christ, there is no one who has lived an entire life without sinning (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Because of our sin, we have earned judgment from God (Romans 6:23), and that judgment is death, both physical and spiritual. Because of our sin and its deserved punishment, there is nothing we can do on our own to fix this situation.
Jesus lived a perfect life and always taught the truth. However, humanity rejected Jesus and put Him to death by crucifying Him. Through that horrible act, Jesus took the burden and judgment of sin on Himself, and He died in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was then resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:4), proving that His payment for sin was sufficient and that He had overcome sin and death. As a result of Jesus’ sacrifice, God offers us salvation as a gift. God calls us all to change our minds about Jesus (Acts 17:30) and to receive Him and His sacrifice as the full payment of our sins (1 John 2:2). Salvation is gained by receiving the gift God offers us.
HOW DO I RECEIVE THAT GIFT?
The says that the gift of salvation is received through faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:16 tells us, “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.” Salvation is gained by faith (Ephesians 2:8), by receiving Jesus as Savior (John 1:12), and by fully trusting Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
If you understand this good news (the gospel) and believe it to be true, you can ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. From the moment you ask, Jesus will come and live in your heart. He will transform you into something new (2 Corinthians 5:17), from the inside out, and your relationship with the One, True God will come to life! All you have to do is believe and ask Him!
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We love you and hope that you've taken that step today!