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Who is Jesus Christ

 

He is God Almighty

 

Isaiah 9:6 — For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 7:14 — Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Prophecy).

Matthew 1:23– “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel“– which means, “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14 prophecy fulfilled).

Isaiah 40:3 — A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God (Prophecy).

John 1:23–John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord‘” (Isaiah 40:3 prophecy fulfilled).

Isaiah 45:23 — Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear (Prophecy).

Philippians 2:9-11 — Prophecy fulfilled: Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Isaiah 45:23 prophecy referring to Jesus).

Isaiah 44:6–Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isaiah 48:12–Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Revelation 22:13, 16– I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

 

 

Jesus is the image of the invisible God

 

Hebrews 1:3 — The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:4 — The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Colossians 1:15 — He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

 

 

Jesus came to save us from our sin

 

Matthew 1:21 — “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

John 1:29 — The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 3:17 — For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Hebrews 7:27 — …He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

I John 1:7 — But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

I John 3:5 — But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

 

 

Jesus is the Son of God

 

Psalm 2:7 — I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father (Also Hebrews 1:5).

Matthew 1:18 — 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.

John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 14:28–…If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Matthew 3:17 — And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matt 26:63-64 — But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.

Romans 1:4 — …and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

He is the King of Kings and Lord of lords

 

Daniel 2:47–The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
1 Timothy 6:13-15–I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 17:14 — They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings— and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

Revelation 19:16–On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Jesus is everything to us:  He is God, savior, mediator, propitiation for sin, advocate, and comforter.  Soon, he will be our rescuer, King and ruler.

What does it mean to believe in Jesus?

 

The word “believe” in various forms appears in the New Testament over five hundred times! It is crucial then to understand what it means. Jesus said that it was through believing we have eternal life.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” (Jn. 6:47)

In another place Jesus said, “He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Jn. 3:18)

Because of the above statements by Christ, and many others found in the Bible, we know that “believing in Christ” is the instrumental means to have eternal life and to avoid the judgment of God. The primary means of that salvation is the perfect life, substitutionary death, and victorious resurrection of Christ. But the way to connect to that saving work of Christ, or to apply it, is through belief.

 

So what does it mean? In simple terms, to believe means to place your trust in Christ. This is the opposite of trusting in yourself. God despises and eternally judges those who trust themselves in any way to be approved by God on their own merit. That kind of self-righteousness is, at its root, a pride in our accomplishments. God, however, is not impressed. He states that our righteousness is like filthy rags to Him.

 

To trust or have faith in Christ is your only hope. You must transfer any trust you have in your own religiosity, good intentions, or family history, and trust Christ alone as your only way of salvation.

Once you have begun by faith, you will then live by faith, trusting Him for all the details of life. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans1:17) “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” (Hebrews 12:6) The whole life of the Christian is to be one of faith. No-one does this perfectly, but it should be every believer’s aim.

 

The apostle Paul said this:

“For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Now to him who works [that is, works for his or her salvation] the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.’” (Romans 4:3-5)

 

In other words, God puts righteousness on your account, (i.e., gives you Christ’s own righteousness as a gift) when you trust Him. But He will never be obligated to give you salvation in return for your pitiful works.

 

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. . .” (Acts 16:32)

What is the significance of the cross?

The cross is probably the most readily recognized of the Christian symbols, and there is significance to it. As a symbol, the cross is a reminder of the sacrifice of our Savior over two thousand years ago. The cross itself did not effect our salvation, but it was the shedding of blood of the perfect, sinless, spotless Lamb of God on the cross that has made it so that our sins could be forgiven. Thus, the emphasis must always be on the sacrifice of Christ, the ultimate event of significance, not on the cross itself. Yet there is a reason why God chose to have His Son put to death on a tree rather than by some other means.

God is in the details, and He works all things according to a divine master plan, His Son’s death by crucifixion being no accident or mere coincidence. In Genesis 3:17, the earth, the man, and the woman are cursed because they ate of the forbidden fruit of a tree. In Deuteronomy 21:22-23, we read, “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance.” In the Law, God ordained that a curse is brought upon a person if he is hung upon a tree, and hangings on trees were only for those who committed sins worthy of the death penalty. In the New Testament, we learn that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Furthermore, those who sin are deserving of eternal death, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So, in God’s eyes, because of the first sin in Genesis and our certain failing to keep the entirety of the Law of God (Galatians 3:10), we have all committed sin deserving of the death penalty. We are all cursed, deserving death, but God had a remedy. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE.’” The apostle Paul quotes from Deuteronomy explaining that Christ Himself bore the curse which was ours to bear. Man deserves to die because he doesn’t measure up to God’s holy commandments, yet Christ bore upon Himself the curse which should have been ours along with the penalty of death. He was crucified, being nailed to a tree, signifying that He was indeed cursed on our behalf (Acts 5:30). This is the significance of the cross, that our curse could be exchanged for an eternal blessing because Christ bore our curse by being hung on a tree.

We can rejoice that we can lay aside the curse of eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) because we have a Savior who shed His blood and bore the curse of our sin on the cross. The great news is that He didn’t die eternally because He was God, and God raised Him from the dead. So, too, by the power of God through a relationship with Christ, we can have eternal life forever with God in heaven. We can be forgiven of our sin and freed from the curse because of the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf if we repent of our sins and turn to Him as Savior and Lord. Where there was cursing, now there can be blessing (Ephesians 1:3), all thanks to Jesus Christ. May He Who bore our curse on the cross receive all glory and praise.

Is the Bible a trustworthy document?

This question has been posed to me often. It presents itself in many forms. Doesn’t the Bible contradict itself? How do we know the Bible hasn’t been changed over the years?

 

I remember listening to a talk radio program one day. The guest of the show was a leader of an atheist group. He claimed that the Bible was full of contradictions. The host asked him to name a few. The first (and only) one he mentioned was this: In the gospel of Matthew, we are given the family tree of Jesus. In the gospel of Luke we are given an entirely different genealogy for Jesus. Based on this “gross discrepancy” the man claimed that the Bible couldn’t be trusted.

 

Well, I couldn’t hold it in. I called in to the talk show. I reminded the man that everybody has two genealogies, one for their mother and one for their father. The man had never considered this simple answer. Just like me in my college days, he was ready to reject the testimony of the Bible based on an opinion that was wrong.

 

I have had several face to face discussions about the Bible where people throw out this phrase, “The Bible is filled with contradictions.” I always respond, “Name one!” In hundreds of discussions over twenty years NO ONE has been able to name one! It is a declaration we hear other people make, and then we repeat it without investigating the truth.

 

I admit there are things that seem to be contradictory (like the two genealogies of Christ mentioned above), but almost all of these have an extremely simple explanation. But that does not really answer the question, “Is the Bible a trustworthy document?”

 

Discovering the accuracy of any document is actually a simple project if old manuscripts exist. These old manuscripts are merely compared to the modern translations to see if the content has been altered. The simple historical reality is that the Bible is the most accurate ancient writing that we have. But I must give some evidence to this claim.

 

Let’s compare some other old documents. Most people have heard of Plato even if they have not read his writings. He lived and wrote around 400 B.C. The oldest copy of his work dates from 900 A.D. which is a 1300 year gap after the original. Secondly only about 7 copies exist from this early period. The Annals of Tacitus were written between 55-120 A.D. and the earliest copy in existence was copied around 1100 A.D. which yeilds a gap of 1000 years. There are, more or less, 20 ancient copies of his work.

 

Most ancient writings have similar figures—anywhere from a 750-1500 year gap between the life of the author and the nearest copy and usually only 5-20 copies of the oldest manuscripts.

 

Now let’s compare these to the Bible. The New Testament which records the life of Christ, was written between 50 and 90 A.D. Fragments of the New Testament writings exist from as early as 114 A.D., entire books from 200 A.D., near complete New Testaments from 250 A.D., and copies of the entire New Testament from 350 A.D. This gap of time is only from 30 to 225 years. But the remarkable thing is that we have over 5,300 copies of these ancient manuscripts. Comparing these ancient manuscripts with our translations today we discover that the Bible is 99.9% accurate. The .1% discrepancies are variations in spelling, grammar, or word order. The amount of ancient data supporting the reliability of the Bible is vastly greater than any other ancient book.

Another interesting point is this. Even if we had no early manuscripts of the Bible we could reassemble its contents from the writings of Christian teachers from the first four centuries. In the writings of the early “church fathers” such as Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and others we have direct quotes of every verse in the New Testament (over 36,000) except 11. For example, Eusbius, a Christian historian from the third century quotes 3,258 verses from the gospels in his writings. He quotes 1,592 verses from Paul’s letters.

 

I do not want to get too dry and technical here. But it is glaringly obvious that those who claim that the the Bible has some how been altered simply have not researched the facts. These facts should convince you that what the Bible says is true. My hope is that you can be assured that what we are reading in the Bible today is identical in content to that which was written and completed over 2000 years ago.

How do I become a follower of Jesus Christ?

You’re not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin.

 

The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us does right things all the time.

 

People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.

 

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

 

Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don’t seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine! And there’s nothing you can do to make Him stop! Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins.

 

“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 

For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You can’t make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!

 

“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” Titus 3:5

 

It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to Heaven. You can’t earn it. It’s a free gift.

 

“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.” Ephesians 2:8-9

 

For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God’s gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.

 

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

 

Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is “repentance” – to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God’s.

 

All that’s left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.

 

“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

 

God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Let’s review what this commitment involves:

 

I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin.

I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins.

I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus.

I receive Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised.

 

If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:

 

Here’s a Suggested Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”

If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually.

 

If you have questions or concerns you would like help with, please call or write and let us know. We’re here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering you for free, no matter who or where you are.