WHO IS JESUS?
Jesus asked the question, “Who do you say I am?” This question is one that each one of us must answer. Jesus lived on the earth nearly two thousand years ago, and He gave us a clear answer to this question which not only offers us hope and salvation, it determines our eternal destiny! Here is a brief explanation of who Jesus is and why this matters for YOU today:
JESUS IS GOD.
John 1:1 tells us that Jesus has existed since the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word (speaking of Jesus), and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Jesus has always existed and is both Creator and Savior of the world. He created man to be in close relationship with Him, but we have all sinned by choosing our own ways, and were separated from God.
JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR THE SINS OF ALL MANKIND.
Jesus came and lived on the earth as a man (John 1:14), still fully God, yet also fully human. He did this in order to fulfill God’s promise to send a Savior who would save mankind from their sin and fully restore man’s relationship with God. We have all sinned and deserve punishment for that, this is what the Bible calls Hell. It was out of love for you and for me that Jesus lived a sinless life and was murdered on the cross in our place, and paid the penalty for our sins. When Jesus took our sin upon Himself, He then also covered us in His righteousness and restored our relationship with Him.
JESUS WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD.
As evidence that His Word is true, and His promises are trustworthy, Jesus was raised from the dead three days after he died on the cross! He is called the “first fruit” of the resurrection because when He rose again, we were guaranteed that we too will rise again after death to be eternally with God in Heaven forever! For those who believe in His death and resurrection, our sins are washed away, covered by the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. And we are restored, even called the very children of God because of what Jesus has done for us!
JESUS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN AND IS STILL ALIVE.
After His resurrection, Jesus ascended physically into Heaven visibly in front of His friends, his disciples. He is alive still, interceding for us before God the Father, and as He promised His disciples, is also preparing a place for those who believe in Him! He promised to send His Spirit to come and be with and in us as He returned to Heaven. This Holy Spirit is living in all who put their faith in Jesus, and it is His Spirit who teaches, comforts, and empowers us to live lives of hope and peace in a still hurting world.
JESUS WILL RETURN A SECOND TIME.
Jesus is coming back! Only this time, it won’t be a quiet, humble affair—He will come back in glory to receive His bride, the Church, to come and be with Him eternally in Heaven. The Bible teaches also that because God is just, He will also at that time judge all of mankind. Those covered in the sacrifice Jesus made who have also put their faith in Him will be considered as holy and perfect before Him. Those who choose not to believe in Jesus and His sacrifice for them are still in their sins, and will be judged for their works.