JESUS

Who is Jesus?

Some of you may wonder why we have a Jesus page on our website. The answer is simple: Jesus Christ is the central figure of the Bible. Therefore, He should be the central figure in our lives as well. That is the ultimate desire of our church.

Jesus Christ walked on this earth just like you and I do today. He felt pain, sorrow, joy, and experienced temptation in every area of life. As a man, he worked as a carpenter, loved his family, enjoyed his friends, learned how to read, studied the Scriptures, ate good food and needed rest. He was in every way fully man except for one detail—he never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). While Jesus was fully human, he was the son of God who came in the flesh walking with man (John 1). Jesus is fully God and has always existed with the Father and the Spirit throughout eternity. All things were created by Jesus and for him (Colossians 1:16; John 1:3; Romans 11:36). When man rejected God in the Garden of Eden through blatant disobedience, God separated man from his presence and man received the curse of death (Genesis 3), becoming both spiritually dead and physical death. The perfection and holiness of God required the same level of perfection and holiness in any creature desiring to be in His presence. Man could never achieve this perfection on his own because he is born of sin and every desire of his heart wicked, sinful, and rebellious against God (Genesis 8:1; Jeremiah 17:9; Titus 1:16; Matthew 15:9).

HEBREWS 4:15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

COLOSSIANS 1:16

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

JOHN 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me

 

What did Jesus do?

The only way the righteous requirements of God could be fulfilled was for God himself—the only eternal and holy one—to take on human flesh, enter time and be born to a virgin—his name was called Jesus, He is God with us. Jesus, fully man, lived a perfect life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, fully God, “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8).

After living the perfect life we couldn’t live, he died the death we should have died. Jesus chose to lay down his life in both obedience to the will of the Father and out of the love he had for those who would receive his sacrifice as the provision for their forgiveness and salvation. Three days after his death, Jesus was raised to life. He walked on the earth, talked to his followers, and explained how the Scriptures had been fulfilled through his life, death and resurrection. Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” Jesus offers sinful man (who was spiritually dead and separated from God) forgiveness and life through faith in Him. When Jesus died on the cross his last words were “It is finished” (John 19:30). The punishment due sinful man had been fully administered, the debt of sin had been paid in full!

PHILIPPIANS 2:6–8

Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

HEBREWS 9:12

He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

 

What does this mean?

Jesus offers salvation, forgiveness and restored fellowship with God to all who will call on his name, confess with their mouths Jesus is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised him from the dead.   When you receive, by faith, the finished work of Christ as your own right standing before God, you are brought from a state of spiritual death to spiritual life in full communion and relationship with God the Father. In response to that great gift, we repent (turn away) from our former way of living in sin and rebellion against God. We turn to Christ and find that our identity is now secure as a child of God, adopted and beloved (lots of Scripture).

God promised “a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27) We are filled with the Holy Spirit of God—the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead! We are not our own, we are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20). We live new lives that are fully surrendered in service to our Savior for His purposes and His glory. Our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to change our desires to line up with God’s purposes and His best for our lives. If God was willing to sacrifice his own son so that we can be made right with him for all eternity, we can trust that God will work (all things) together for good, for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). God’s best plan for you is fulfilled in Jesus through the promise “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13).

1 CORINTHIANS 6:20

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

EPHESIANS 2:8–10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

PHILIPPIANS 1:27

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel

 

How can you know Him?

If you read this information and recognize that you have rejected God with your heart, desires and choices in life; If you now understand that Jesus’ perfect life, substitution death and resurrection provides the forgiveness and perfection that you desperately lack; then respond by receiving the forgiveness and life that Jesus offers to you. The fact that you recognize your need for Jesus is actually a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit in your life because man, left to himself, rejects God. As Jesus said, “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44). As a person who is saved by the great work of Christ, repent (turn away) from the things that are contrary or fight against your desire to love, know and serve God. Pray that God will grant you repentance and lead you into a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25). We know you will have many questions and we are here to help! It is our greatest joy to help new believers come to know God fully and live for Christ, your Savior, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We want to welcome you into the family of God and invite you to join us for corporate worship, to share life with us, and to pursue Christ with us as we grow in faith more each day.

“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.” – John 3:16

John 6:44

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Galatians 1:11

For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek

 

Resources on Jesus

Find out more about Jesus Christ by checking out these resources below.


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THE BOOK OF JOHN

The Bible

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Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

John Piper

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Who is Jesus Christ?

GotQuestions.org

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The Book of Colossians

The Bible