To some Jesus is a teacher, to some He is a revolutionary, to some the one who divided time into two and to some one of the many gods in a long list. So who really was Jesus? Jesus was the man who claimed to be God, one of the most controversial statements in history. This can either be the biggest lie or the most profound truth; mark of arrogance or remarkable humility; bad publicity or good news. Whatever we choose we can’t deny the fact that Jesus made an impact. He inspired and He was willing to change status quo. So who really is Jesus?
Most Profound Truth
Jesus was born to His mother Mary in Bethlehem. His birth was welcomed by angels and wise men. He was a special boy. Jesus started teaching in the synagogue at a very young age. Just like His father Joseph, He also became a carpenter. He continued to do so until He became 30 years old. Soon after that Jesus started preaching and accumulating followers and disciples. He taught on God’s Word and the truth. Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God. He taught, healed, raised the dead and showcased love wherever He went. Jesus was very different and unique from the common man. Seeing all the change He was bringing about, the leaders of the land became unhappy and jealous. They wanted to kill Him for no reason. They eventually managed to hold Him trial for doing nothing wrong. So Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross for being blameless and sinless.
God created and authored mankind in His own image. He created us to have communion or close union with Him but we messed up our relationship with God by disobeying Him. Our disobedience caused sin to enter this world. We created such a massive distance that it was unable for us to have a relationship with God. The sad part is that we never noticed it. As we were moving away from Him, our lifestyles started to change, evil became prevalent, lives started becoming meaningless; moving away from the original plan. We messed up astronomically that we should have been eternally damned for it. The penalty for sin (moving away from God’s plan) is death, eternal death. God loves us unconditionally and hates to see our lives being tossed into hell. He didn’t want to destroy us. God is just and therefore he needed someone to take blame for all the past, present and future sins of his most beloved creation. Therefore He decided to come into the planet that He created, become like one of us and live blamelessly and in accordance with all that God had planned for mankind and then die for the very race that despised Him to give you and me a clean slate. Yes, a clean slate, a fresh start and a new beginning. Jesus was God incarnate. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in a virgin’s womb. Seeing the deception and sin in the world, God (creator of the universe) decided to humble Himself, leaving the glory and riches of heaven to be a man and die for man’s sin. Jesus chose death, the penalty that was reserved for us, all this to restore and redeem us to have a relationship with us.
Jesus who is God died for our sins and resurrected on the third day to give you and me life. Yes, eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (NASB)
God loves and values you. This has been showcased in the death that He died for us on the cross. He is for us and not against us. We don’t have to struggle. We don’t have to do anything to please God. God is pleased with the sacrifice that He himself made on the cross for us. What an amazing love story! What we need to do is just believe that Jesus died for our sins and resurrected to set us right, to wipe us clean and to make us whole. When your identity is fixed on this Jesus your life will turn upside down.
Jesus – Immanuel – God with Us
Learn More About Jesus
At World Impact Community Church we’re all about Jesus. Our vision is to see the whole church transforming the whole world for Christ’s eternal Kingdom. To learn more about Jesus, Bible is the best place to start. We suggest that you start reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We encourage you to visit World Impact Community Church (WICC) where you can meet with pastors and leaders who can help answer your questions and get you involved in a Carecell where you can learn more about Jesus.