Who Is Jesus
- Because of our fallen nature, God poured the essence of His being and divinity into a human form which we identified as Jesus Christ. Each Christmas we celebrate the birth of God through a virgin named Mary. (Read John 1:1 and Philippians 2:6-8 in the Bible.)
- Being made in human likeness, Jesus walked the Earth around 33 years. He was at that time both fully God and fully man. (For a more complete history on Jesus while on Earth, read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John out of the Bible.)
- He was the expected Savior or Messiah as told almost 700 years before his birth (read Isaiah 53 in the Bible). But most felt he was coming as a political king to conquer the powerful Roman Empire. They couldn't believe that their God would come as a humbled child in a manger. What they didn't realize was that he was the King of Kings.
What He Did
- While Jesus was on Earth, he healed the sick, fed the hungry, and even raised the dead. But God's ultimate purpose was to become the sin sacrifice for all times. "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.... But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him" (Romans 5:6; 8-9, NIV84)!
- Some of the religious leaders at the time believed Christ was not God and his claim to be so angered them. They were able under Roman law to get him crucified. Crucifixion was a cruel death. A person was nailed to a cross through the wrists and ankles. But that didn't cause the death. They slowly suffocated. Christ died on the cross as was foretold by the prophets hundreds of years before. It was all planned; because without the shedding of blood the would be no forgiveness of sins. (Read Matthew 26:47-27:66, Mark 14:43-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56, John 18:1-19:42, and Hebrews 9:22 in the Bible.)
- His death, the religious leaders thought, would prove him not to be God. This would have been true if he stayed dead. But as Christ said he would be alive again in three days. Now he lives as the only risen Savior and sits at the right hand of his Father in Heaven. (Read Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21 in the Bible.)
So what does all this mean to you and me? It means we don't have to go through this world hopeless, lonely, afraid, or brokenhearted. It means we don't have to worry about our eternal home. It means we have a God who loves us for who we are and will forgive us and give a a clean slate. It means we have a SAVIOR!
Think about it for a moment. Everything we try to go through by ourselves. The very God who created us also died for our sins. He didn't have to. His love for His creation beckoned Him to be our sin sacrifice. Jesus bridges to gap between Man and God which our personal sins cause.
Do you sense your need for a savior? Are you willing to give Jesus Christ a chance to change your life and outlook, carry you through the tough and not-so-tough times, and give you an eternal dwelling with Him forever? You cannot do it on your own. He's the only one who can do this. If "yes" is your answer, then follow the steps below.
How Jesus Can Be Your Savior
- Acknowledge that because of the sins you've committed that you need Jesus as your Savior. Eternal life is a free gift, but you need to accept it.
- Believe that Jesus can and will forgive you and be your Savior.
- Confess your sins and thank Him for giving you a brand new life.
Congratulations on your new life on your new life in Christ! Be it doesn't stop there. You need to find a local, Bible-believing church, begin to read your Bible, and pray to God daily. Contact us or our pastor if you need any help, have questions, or just need a word of encouragement to help you get grounded in the faith.