Who Is Jesus Christ?
Two Theories Concerning Jesus Christ
There are two prevailing theories about who Jesus Christ is or was. The first is that Jesus was a good man, a good example to follow. The second is that Jesus is God Himself who came to the earth to bring salvation to His creation.
The first theory certainly is true. But it is true only if the second is also true. Look at what Jesus said about Himself. He is very explicit about who He says He is.
Jesus Tells Us Who He Is
John 16:28 (NIV): “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” Also Jesus said in John 10:30 (NIV): “I and the Father are one.” Jesus is claiming to be equal with God, the Father.
John 8:58 (NIV): “I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!” Jesus is saying that He existed even before Abraham was born. He even used the term “I am” which all good Hebrews knew can only be applied to God, Himself. It refers to the passage in Exodus 3:14 (NIV): “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.’” It is literally saying “I will be what I will be.” Jesus was literally saying “I am God.” The Jews understood this and it is why they tried to stone Him when He said this.
John 17:5 (NIV): “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
Many other passages in the New Testament testify to the fact that Jesus existed before he was born on the earth. So if you think that Jesus was only a good man, a good example to follow, you are following the wrong person.
Jesus is either who He says He is or He is the biggest liar and fraud that the world has ever known.
Jesus Is The Messiah
Jesus is also the Messiah of the Old Testament. In fact, “Christ” is the Greek translation for the Hebrew word for “Messiah.” This is what Andrew said in John 1:41 (NIV): “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ)”
The Birth of Jesus
The birth of Jesus did not take place in the same way as all human births. This is because when Jesus was born, His mother, Mary, was still a virgin.
Matthew 1:18-20 (NIV): “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
Luke 1:35 (NIV): “The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Jesus was not conceived in the same manner as all other human beings. He was miraculously conceived within the body of Mary. I know, some say that this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible. In fact, this miraculous conception is what enabled Jesus to be who He is.
Jesus is Called a God-Man
Jesus always distinguished Himself as a God-man, not a human being. Human beings are made from a created body and a created spirit (Gen. 2:7). Jesus was the product of a created body and God, Himself.
Notice that Jesus never refers to Joseph as His father. Joseph is never called the father of Jesus. In fact, in the genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew it only says that Joseph was the husband of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus. Matthew 1:16 (NIV): “and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.”
Jesus also distinguishes between His relationship to God and our relationship to God in John 20:17 (NIV): “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Re-read the section “Jesus Tells Us Who He Is.”
Jesus Was a Great Teacher
This is a fact upon which almost everyone agrees. Anyone who knows anything about Jesus will tell you that He was a great teacher. The four Gospels in the Bible are full of His teachings. They are all about how God designed us to live in this world. The purpose of this site is to help you understand these teachings.
Jesus Had a Special Mission
Jesus was more than a great teacher. He came to this earth to do more than just teach us about God and what God wants for us. Jesus came to this earth on a very special mission. He came to bring salvation to everyone who will accept it.
Many teach that since Jesus brought salvation to everyone, everyone will be saved and will go to heaven. However, the Bible specifically states that God will not force anything upon us. He created us as free creatures and we are free to do whatever we want. The Bible explains that we are not worthy to spend Eternity with God. Thus, we must consciously choose to accept the salvation that Jesus offers. Read more about this in Introduction to Salvation.
5 Important Facts Concerning Jesus
The Bible tells us over and over that Jesus did not come into existence at His birth. Jesus is God who came to this earth on a very special reason. This reason can be summed up in five very important facts.
The first is that Jesus Christ died. Many theories have been proposed as to how Jesus could have faked His death. But this fact, that He did die, is mentioned some 175 times in the New Testament. His death was an established fact. He predicted His death and that He would rise again on the third day. This is recorded 13 times in the New Testament.
Jesus, Himself, said it several different times in His own words such as in Luke 9:22, He said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
The second fact is that He died for our sins. Jesus was not a martyr, a hero, nor was He crucified as a of result the intentions of the Jewish rulers. Jesus stated that His death was a voluntary one. No one forced Him to die on that cross. He states in John 10:17-18 (NIV) “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Jesus died for one purpose and that was to provide a perfect salvation for a sinning race. 1 Tim. 1:15 (NIV): “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
The third fact is that Jesus was buried. This was even part of one of the prophecies concerning Jesus. Isaiah 53:9 (NIV): “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death.” All four Gospels record His death in detail.
The fourth fact is that Jesus arose from the dead. Again, all four Gospels record His resurrection in detail. Jesus, Himself, predicted that this is what would happen. Matthew 16:21 (NIV): “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” This was the proof that all that Jesus taught about Himself was true. The resurrection brought validity to His death.
Finally, it is recorded that Jesus did not die again, but rather bodily ascended to heaven. Acts 1:9 (NIV): “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.”
Jesus Will Return
All this leads up to the fact that He will be returning to the earth in the same way that they saw Him leave the earth. Read the next verses. Acts 1:10-11 (NIV): “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’”
Zechariah 14:4 says that He will return to this very same spot from which He ascended. Zech. 14:4 (NIV): “On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.”
So the Bible states that, without a doubt, Jesus is the Son of God, that is, God, Himself. This is the very foundation upon which Christianity is based. And it cannot be disputed that this is what the Bible teaches.