JESUS

If you are not a Christian, reading this may bring up a host of questions and thoughts in your mind. There are so many reasons why Jesus’ life affects each of us whether we want to acknowledge it or not.  We would love to talk more.

"Who is Jesus, where did He come from, and how does He affect my life?” These are the questions that Christians and unbelievers have been asking for nearly 2000 years. Christ’s humanity, deity, death, resurrection, His second coming, the temptations He faced, and His sinless life; must all be explored to understand His identity and ultimately our own.

First, we want to share with you that knowing Jesus has transformed our lives.  He is a personal, loving, and caring Savior. He has known you for your entire life, been there for every mistake you’ve made, and watched every failure. He loves you completely despite all that.  You don’t need to be a “better” version of yourself to come to God.  He will accept you now, as you are today.  God asks that you acknowledge Him, and He says that the way to do that is to believe in His Son, Jesus. There is nothing you can do in your own power to save yourself.  No matter how many good works you do, or how many people you help, it will still fall short of the Glory of God.  Believing in Jesus doesn’t mean that your life will be perfect.  It doesn’t mean that things will suddenly become easy or that old habits will disappear. Believing in Jesus does mean that He will make your soul new.  All of the sins that have a hold of you will lose all authority in your life and you will be freed from living separated from God.  Your heart will be transformed and you will have the power, through Jesus, to know God.  Sin will no longer condemn you or hold you down because Jesus has paid the price for your sins.  If you believe that His death on the cross was enough to completely wipe away all of the darkness in your life, and you want Jesus to become Lord of your life, then you are saved simply by crying out to Him and believing.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. From that moment on, He is alive in you and will help you overcome, help you be a witness of His eternal hope, and will give you a new purpose.  There is so much more we would like to share so please call or email us with any questions or just to talk, info@gscalvarychapel.com.

 

Christ’s preexistence: It is important to understand that Jesus existed prior to His incarnation as a human. This knowledge provides us a deeper understanding that Jesus gave up His Glory in Heaven to come to Earth to save us.  What is incredible is that He didn’t even resent that sacrifice (Phil. 2:6). In John 1:1 we understand that Jesus was the “Word” that became flesh and he was not a created being like the rest of mankind. The NT expresses how Jesus “humbled” Himself, was “rich” but then became “poor” to provide all of mankind a Savior. (John 5:43, 6:38, 17:5, Col. 1:17, and 1 Cor. 15:45)

OT prophecies about Christ: When we look at scripture as a whole (2 Tim. 2:15) we see that centuries before Jesus’ birth God used prophets to foretell of His first coming as the Savior of the world.  God also covers specific areas of Jesus’ life that provides evidence to our faith. Jesus was truly the “Son of God.” In (Gen. 3:15; Gal. 4:4) we see his birth of a women, Jesus’ own lineage (Gen. 49:10; Luke 3:33), even down his birthplace (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4-7), and gave us His Galilean ministry (Isaiah 9:1-2 Gal. 4:4). All of these prophecies provide substantial physical evidence that can only be lived out by an eternal God. (Additional supporting verses of prophecies as a prophet Deut. 18:15, 18-19; Acts 3:20, 22; as our priest – Psalm 110:4; Heb. 5:5-6; of His betrayal – Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:47-48; of His death – Zech. 12:10, John 20;27;  His resurrection – Psalm 16:10; Luke 24:7; Acts 2:25-28.)

Jesus’ Humanity: Even though Jesus existed since Eternity past He did become fully human. 2 Tim 3:16-17, explains to us that the entire Bible is God breathed and completely accurate in its accounts. In light of Scripture Jesus is seen to be truly and completely a human being. He was given a human name Jesus (Matt 1:21) of the lineage of King David (Luke 18:38) in turn provides the context for Him having a human family and even having regular human interactions with others (John 9:16). In (1 John 1:1) Scripture tells that he had a physical human body, even Jesus referring to Himself as a man (John 8:40), and others referred to Him as a man (Acts 3:22; John 6:42). We see that Jesus faced the same weaknesses we have in our own physical bodies such as thirst (John 19:28), becoming tired (John 4:6), being hungry (Matt 4:2), deep sorrows accompanied with stress (John 11:35; Luke 13:34-35), had to experience boundaries (Mark 13:32), and died entrusting God with His very soul like us (Luke 23:45; Hebrews 2:14-15).

Jesus’ Deity: Even though Jesus was fully a human being, it is equally important to understand that He was fully God. This is the fact that sets Him apart and how only He had the power to live out a sinless life     (1 Pet 2:22).  The evidence found in the Bible concentrates to prove that Jesus was fully human and much more than that. To all the prophets, apostles, disciples, and to the followers of Jesus He was divine. John refers to Jesus as God (John 1:1) and Paul describes Him in (Phil 2:6) as the “very form of God.” The Apostle Paul takes it the next level as he proclaims Jesus as our Savior and great God in (Titus 2:13). He is part of the Creator God who receives all praises not only from man but also from angels (Heb. 1:6). After this life is over all of creation will bow their knee in worship of Jesus, something that only God is worthy to accept; (Phil. 2:10, Isa 45:23). Jesus’ concurrent role as deity and human is not something that was established centuries after His resurrection by the church councils in Nicaea A.D. 325 or Chaldean  in A.D. 451. It has always been clearly taught in scripture. As to how this precisely worked will not be  figured out by mere man’s intellect but all mysteries will be made clear when we move on from this world into the next.

 

Christ’s Resurrection: Even though all four Gospels (Matt 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20) provide a record of Jesus’ resurrection this account has always come under criticism. In the Gospels and other areas in NT we see records of how Jesus appeared to many of His disciples and non-believers over a 40 day period (Acts 1:3). It makes sense that this subject would be the most aggressively hit because if Jesus did not come back from the grave, then the rest of Christianity has no leg to stand on.

In the Scripture, records are provided such as Jesus’ appearing to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18), to the other Mary (Matt. 28:1-2), to Cephas in (1 Corinthians 15:5), to ten disciples in (Luke 24:36-43), to around 500 people in (1 Cor. 15:6), to the eleven again at Jesus’ ascension (Acts 1:1-11), to seven at Tiberius (John 21: (John 21:1-14), to His little brother James who was not a believer (1 Cor. 15:7), to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24), and finally to the Apostle Paul who also was not a believer (1 Cor. 15:8).

Jesus had a bodily resurrection which is crucial for the great Christian hope and life eternal (1 Cor. 15). His resurrection is the foundation for our belief in a regenerate present and future spiritual life (Rom. 6:4-5, 1 Peter 1:2).  His victory over sin and death in His human form provides for us our justification (Rom 4:25; Eph. 2:6). Ultimately providing us the ability to serve and the victory needed in which we can minister to others for the Kingdom as His followers (1 Cor. 15:58).

The incarnation of Jesus: Jesus’ biological mother was the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:23, Gal. 4:4) which fulfilled the centuries old prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14). The doctrine of incarnation is specifically explaining how the 2nd person of the triune Godhead became flesh and dwelt among us. He was one person but with two distinct natures; divine/human.  He came as a man to fulfill the Davidic promise of a king that would rule forever (Luke 1:31 -33).  Jesus became the living reflection of the invisible God to us (John 1:18). Providing salvation to sinners (Gal. 1:4) and bringing everything created back in to submission to Himself (1 Cor. 15:20-28, Eph.1:10-11).

Was Christ really tempted as we are? Some of the main points people argue about this subject is whether His temptations were genuine and if it was actually a possibility for Him to have sinned. Some claim that because of His deity it was impossible for Him to have been tempted. Looking at this subject through a Biblical point a view at the bare minimum we need to recognize the reality of Jesus’ temptations and the truth that He did not sin (1 Pet 2:22). The truth of the matter is Jesus suffered all His temptations and conquered them completely (Heb. 4:15). With the complete understanding of human temptation it allows Jesus the ability to draw close to us in our weaknesses to help (Heb. 2:18). We may not know until we are with Him in Glory how He overcame them. We can know this much, no man has ever experienced the strength, ferociousness, and the deceit from temptation leaving Jesus the only one to understand temptation fully.  What’s more He overcame it so that He can bring us victory too.

Jesus’ crucifixion: The Four Gospels provide accounts of Jesus’ death (under Pilate) for the forgiveness of sins, the defeat of Satan, and for Him to make a new covenant (John 12:31; 16:11; Luke 22:15-20). Along with supporting historical documents we realize the overwhelming evidence of Jesus’ death by the cross.

Jesus’ second coming: With all the evidence and truth behind Jesus’ first coming as Messiah. We must keep Biblical prophecy in mind for His second coming when He will judge Satan, his angels, the living, and the dead. This ultimately leads up to His Kingdom rule in completion. His bold, surprising, and glorious return is predicted in scriptures like (Matt 24:30 and Rev 19:11).

Jesus asked the question, “Who do you say I am?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  This question is one that each one of us must answer. Jesus lived on the earth nearly two thousand years ago, and He gave us a clear answer to this question which not only offers us hope and salvation, it determines our eternal destiny! “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Will we accept Jesus for who He is the only Way, the Truth, the Life, and the only door that as humans we can reach God? That question can only be answered by you through your faith in Jesus.

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