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Who is Jesus?

Jesus is God’s son. In the very beginning, God’s son was called “The Word of God.” We’re told in John 1:3 “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.”  This means under God’s direction, his son created the entire universe including the first humans, Adam and Eve. 

After Adam and Eve were created, we’re told they sinned against God, causing a death penalty to be passed down to the entire human race. It was God’s son “The Word” who offered to leave his heavenly home to be born as a perfect human baby named Jesus, so when he reached manhood, he could give his perfect life as a ransom for Adam to save mankind from sin and death.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 says, “…the Man Christ Jesus…gave Himself a ransom for all…” 

Before he died, Jesus preached a new, loving way to live to both Jewish and non-Jewish people. Mark 12:30, 31 records him teaching to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

He also said in Luke 6:27, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” 

Jesus’ teachings made the Jewish leaders angry. They believed he would take away their power so they looked for a way to kill him. When he was 33 years old, he was arrested and nailed to a cross in a very painful death, but this was part of God’s plan to restore mankind in His future kingdom. God rewarded Jesus because of his faith and perfect obedience by resurrecting him – bringing him back from the dead – but this time to an even higher position in heaven.  

So, who is Jesus? God’s son, who left his heavenly home with God to come to earth to be born as a perfect human being to give his life as a ransom for Adam. His death on the cross and resurrection was the key to eventually bringing back to life every person who has ever died as well as helping all who are willing back into a happy relationship with God forever.

To learn more about who Jesus is, listen to, “Jesus is Raised! How Does That Change Me?”