THE LORD JESUS
Who is this Jesus?
There are big questions that we all must answer. Many have proposed that Jesus was a good teacher, a kind man, a gifted individual, a charismatic leader, or even a lying lunatic intent on personal gain. The answer to this question, "Who is Jesus?" could change your life forever, and the true answer to this question must be taken from those who were with Him.
One of Jesus' followers named John wrote a book known as the Gospel of John for the express purpose of explaining to others who exactly this Jesus was. In John 20:30-31 he says, "Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." So John wrote this book to explain exactly who Jesus was so that others would believe on Him.
One of the first points John explains is that Jesus is God (Jn 1:1-4) and as God, He became a man and lived on earth (Jn 1:14) as Jesus (Jn 1:17). This is why we celebrate Christmas. The miraculous birth of a baby boy that wasn't just any baby, but was actually God in the flesh.
But why did Jesus become a man? John explains this clearly in a verse that you may already know. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Notice that this verse says whoever believes will not "perish." This word simply refers to death, or separation from God. John tells us two verses later that everyone who does not believe is condemned to die, or be separated from God forever, because of their sin.
Since we have all sinned (Rom. 3:23) we are all condemned. But John tells us that this is exactly why Jesus came. As you continue reading through the Gospel of John you see that Jesus performed amazing miracles, even raising a man from the dead who had been in the grave for three days (Jn 11). John shows us over and over again that Jesus wasn not just a good teacher or a kind man, but God in the flesh.
The Gospel concludes with a story known as The Passion. This is the story of Jesus being arrested, given a sham trial, and finally dying on a cross. But when Jesus dies on the cross John tells us that he didn't die for His sins (because He didn't do any) but for the sins of the whole world (1 Jn 2:1-2). Not only did He die for our sins, but He also rose from the dead revealing that we too can have "eternal life."
John calls us to believe on Jesus. This doesn't mean that we read this story and say, "Ok, that sounds like a good story." This means that we place our trust or faith in Jesus Christ alone as our personal Savior. If you believe on Jesus Christ the Bible tells us that you will be saved and never be separated from God.
If you've never asked Jesus Christ to be your personal Savior, you could do that right now! You could stop right now and sincerely pray something like this:
Lord Jesus, I believe that You are God, that You died for my sin, and that You rose again from the dead. I know that I am a sinner, and I ask You now to be my personal Savior. I'm placing my full trust in You alone, and I now accept Your gift of eternal life. Thank you for keeping Your promise!
Saying this prayer won't save you, but placing your faith in Jesus will. If you have just trusted Christ, we would love to know about this so that we can help you learn more about this new relationship!