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Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is a famous person in history, let’s explore who He is.

He is God

The God that the Christians believe in existed before anything else and He created the world and everything in it and He is watching over it. Jesus is equal with God, and is God and so He also did all these things. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3). “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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. And he is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17).

People failed to obey God

After the world was created (and God saw that it was very good Genesis 1:31), it was God who made the rules by which we should live and God said that the punishment for disobedience to God is death. Human beings disobeyed God and whilst they did not die immediately, their bodies began to grow old, and they died. Everyone born into this world will die and we are separated from God for ever and ever, we call this eternity.

God made a plan

God loves everyone, because He created them, He watches us from the time we are in our mother’s womb, and He does not want us to be separated forever. But His rules need to be obeyed, so He planned for a way that our rebellion (sin) could be punished so that we would be able to spend eternity with Him.

Jesus is Gods plan to save us

His plan was that a person who had never rebelled against God would take the punishment for everyone and so save us from eternal separation from God. This is why Jesus came to earth. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24). “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Jesus was righteous

Though He was God Jesus was born as a man, by the virgin Mary. When he grew up after three years of teaching, preaching, healing the sick, and training His disciples He was arrested and put to death on a cross even though He had never sinned. God allowed this because it was His plan that Jesus, The Son of God would take the punishment for the whole would and be our saviour (the one who saves us).

Jesus is our saviour

God invites everyone to accept God’s plan of being saved from eternal punishment. Everyone who asks for God to forgive them for their rebellion against Him will be saved from eternal punishment. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:16-18).

Jesus is to be worshipped

Jesus is God and our saviour and because of this He deserves to be worshipped. “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Jesus is judge

God has told us that the world will come to an end, and when it does, Jesus will judge everyone, based on whether they have asked Him to be their saviour, accepted His death as the punishment that they deserved. “And He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10:42). “So we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Summary

There are many more things that the Bible tells us about Jesus, but these things are the very basic things. For those of us who have asked Him to forgive us, He forgives and cleanses us, but He does so much more. We can get to know Him as our teacher, friend and guide. He helps us to understand the Bible, and will change us to become more and more like Him.

How does this Bible teaching speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

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Eunice Burden

Eunice Burden

Eunice comes from UK and has been in Thailand 25 years. She and a Thai co-worker wrote a 4 year curriculum for all age Sunday Schools and they also did Sunday school teacher training seminars. She went back to UK for 8 years. Whilst in UK she did various courses including a theology degree and came back to Thailand with OMF in 1999. For most of her time since then she has been involved teaching lay leaders of the Thai, supporting and advising, speaking and teaching in various churches. Gradually over the years she has been invited to join various facilitator teams of the OMF.

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