Who Is Jesus?
We live in a time where the popular opinion is that all religious belief systems are equal. You just pick the one that fits you best and as long as you follow it sincerely, you’ll get to Heaven.
Jesus teaches something completely different. So, who is this Jesus to say that there is only one way? We go to the Bible to learn about Jesus Christ. The Bible is a book that completely centers around Jesus. The Old Testament points toward Him and the New Testament is about Him and points back to Him. It is not just one book, but a collection of books that have been inspired by the Holy Spirit of God and written by many different people at various times over the ages. The Old Testament contains books that are still in use by the Jewish nation of today. The Bible is a historical source that has been trusted for thousands of years.
The first thing to understand about Jesus is that He was both 100% God and 100% man.
• According to John 1:1-3, Jesus existed from the beginning. From the beginning, Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God. Here, the Bible establishes the inseparable nature of Jesus and the God of the Universe.
• Then, according to John 1:14, Jesus became flesh and made His dwelling among us.
This can be hard to understand, but think of it in this way. When God became a man, He limited Himself in much the same way a parent limits themselves when playing with their children, to make it fair. He set rules upon Himself. He lived as a man, tempted in the same ways that people are tempted. He experienced the same emotions and had real relationships with the people around Him. His body was mortal and worked in exactly the same ways that our bodies work. When He was cut, He felt pain and He bled, just like we do. Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are. As such, He can sympathize with our weakness as humans. We can learn from the way He handled temptation.
But why would He do that?
• In John 3:16-17 (AMP) 16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
• In 1 John 3:5 it says Jesus came to earth in human form so that He could die a physical death and take away our sins. The law of the Bible demands the life of something pure and innocent to cover the filth of sin. Jesus fulfilled this law so that our sins could be covered.
We are an imperfect people. All religions accept this as a fact. Even non-religions would agree that people should work on being better people. But there is only one belief system that offers salvation, not through how good we can be, but through how good our God is.
Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?
• In John 14:6, Jesus declares: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
• According to Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.”
• How does this contrast with other world religions which are based on “works” versus faith in Jesus and the resurrection? If we can’t build a relationship with God by doing good deeds or repeating rituals, what must we do? Acts 4:12 is clear, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus is the key. When He stooped to our level by becoming a man, He made it possible for us to relate to Him and for God to relate to us through Him. And when He established His deity by rising from the grave, He made it possible for us to have forgiveness from sin and a renewed relationship with God.
The Bible clearly states that we have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What must I do to be Saved?
Romans 10:9-10 "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."
A person receives God's free gift of love and life by placing faith in Jesus Christ. To believe is simply to take God at His word. With our heart (whole believing) we believe that Jesus is God's Son who died for our sin on the cross and arose from the grave to live in us as Savior and Lord.
• To believe in Jesus will result in confessing that faith with one's mouth.
• Do you acknowledge that you are a sinner?
• Do you believe by faith that Jesus is God's Son, that He died for your sin on the cross, and that on the 3rd day He was raised back to life?
• Will you now confess Him as your Savior and Lord?
Romans 10:13 "for Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."
This verse says that any person who will call upon the name of Jesus, the Lord, shall be saved.
To call means simply to ask in prayer. The verse does not require you to know more... do better... or clean up your life!
Will you now call upon Jesus to save you from your sin so that you can know God's love and forgiveness?
Pray like this: "Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner, and I am sorry. I need a Savior. I know I cannot save myself. I believe by faith that Jesus, your Son, died on the cross to be my Savior. I believe He arose from the grave to live as my Lord. I turn from my sin. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to forgive my sin and come into my heart. I trust you as my Savior and receive you as my Lord. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me."
When anyone calls on the Lord in this manner, that one is saved according to God's Word. If you pray a prayer of repentance and faith, you are saved! You have God's word on it.
If you just prayed this prayer, or if you have rededicated your life to Jesus Christ, we would love to hear about it! It is important that you tell people about the change you have made. Jesus says in Matthew 10:32-33 (KJV) 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
We encourage you to be baptized. Baptism represents your death to your old life, and your birth into a new nature. It is simply your public profession of your faith.