Who Is Jesus?
- God manifested in the flesh
- Born between 8-4 B.C. in Bethlehem, Judea (Palestine)
- Died on a cross, at Golgotha (“Place of a Skull” = calvaria, Latin, or Calvary)
- Resurrected on the third day. Appeared to His disciples, including to over five hundred of them at once (1 Cor 15:6)
- Jesus = Yesu, Greek for Yashua (Hebrew), “the Lord saves”
- Christ = Christos, Greek for Messiah, “Anointed One", a title
In His brief thirty-three years on this earth, Jesus Christ did work that no one had ever witnessed before:
He walked on water.
He calmed the storm.
He healed the blind, lame, and sick.
He fed thousands with five loaves and two fish.
He even raised the dead to life.
He lived not among the pious, powerful elite, but with the downtrodden, the sick, and the sinful. He experienced the same needs and trials we face: hunger, thirst, fatigue, temptation, grief, and rejection.
He was flesh and blood, but Jesus’ whole life was also a concrete expression of God. He welcomed children into His arms. He got angry with people doing business in a temple of worship. He saved the lives of those on whom society had turned its back. He showed love and compassion up to the end of His life. Hanging on the cross, He prayed for His tormentors, made sure that His mother would be cared for, and comforted the criminal hanging beside Him.
Jesus Christ was not just someone born at a point in history. He was more than just a great spiritual leader. He taught people about the kingdom of God and how to enter it: through Him.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” He said (Jn 14:6). He is the light, the door, and our Shepherd. If we have seen Him, we have seen the Father, God. "Believe in Me," He said, "and you will never die."
Why? Because Jesus Christ is the living, everlasting God. Jesus has the power to forgive sins, to heal, and to condemn. He has command over the spirits, the forces of nature, over life and death. “Before Abraham was, I AM,” He said (Jn 8:58). He is the Creator, present since the beginning. He is also the judge before whom all souls must stand on the last day.
Was Jesus really God?