Simply put, Jesus is God himself come to earth. He lived a perfect life as a human, and then gave his life as a sacrifice for our sins, taking with him the punishment and death each of us owed.
What does the Bible say about Jesus?
In his Gospel, Matthew referred to an Old Testament prophecy which originally appeared in Isaiah 7:14, centuries prior to Jesus' birth: "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us" (Matthew 1:22-23). The prophecy was fulfilled through Jesus.
A key verse to understanding Jesus is in John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me." Jesus is God's answer to human brokenness and sin. Without him, we would not be able to receive eternal life. As such, Jesus is described as the Savior of all people, and in Colossians 1:15, "the image of the invisible God."
At the same time, Jesus was also fully man. John 1:14 asserts that Jesus "became flesh and dwelt among us." Philippians 2:5-7 also states that Jesus was both fully man and fully God: "Though he was in the form of God, he 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."
The way that Jesus was able to pay for our sins was by his death on the cross. 1 Peter 3:18 says: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit." Colossians 2:13-14 echoes this: "God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross." Through his death, we are forgiven.
What does Jesus say about himself?
Jesus makes some truly extraordinary claims in the scriptures. In John 10:30, he claims to be "one with the Father." He claims that to know him, is to know the Father (John 8:19), and that to receive him, is to receive God (Mark 9:37). In John 11:25-26, he claims that he is the "resurrection and the life... the one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die." In Mark 2:10, he claims the authority on earth to forgive sins. He also claims to be "the way, the truth, and the life," as well as the only way to come to God in John 14:6. He claims to be the source of everlasting life in John 10:28: "I give my followers eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand."
What do you think about Jesus?
When we believe in Jesus, our sins are paid for by his death, and his perfect life is transferred to our account. So God accepts and regards us as if we have done all that his son has—all we have to do is accept his grace.
HOW CAN I KNOW JESUS?
Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. He wants to revolutionize your life and forgive you and give you hope. He wants to give you a fresh start. As God's creation, you were built for relationship with Him.
God Loves You
There is one true God – and God loves you! "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).
The Problem is that you and I – all of us – have sinned and our sins separate us from God. What is sin? Sin is our choosing to do, and say, and think things that go against God’s desire for us.
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Our sins separate us from God, who is holy and good. The penalty for our sins is eternal death and punishment and separation from God.
"The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23).
The Good News
The Good News is that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins.
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins. Even though He is the Son of God and is perfect and has never sinned, He was crucified as if He was a common criminal. He took the punishment for your sins. After He died, God raised Him from the dead.
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..."(1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
We Must Receive Christ
To receive God’s free gift of love, we must receive His Son Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12)
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'" (John 14:6).
We receive Jesus Christ by turning to God and asking Him to forgive our sins, and receiving Jesus Christ by faith as our Savior and Lord.
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).
If you would like to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you can pray this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I ask your forgiveness for my sins. Thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I believe you died for my sins and I receive you as my Savior and Lord. I invite you into my life and I want to follow you as my Savior and Lord.”
Did you pray this prayer to receive Christ?