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The central question of Christianity, and of history itself, is: Who is Jesus Christ? Indeed, the Bible makes it clear that, whether we recognize Him now or not, all must one day stand before God and answer that question.

The following scriptures will hopefully lead you to that answer and either solidify your foundation or begin to establish that truth within you.

Deity is the only explanation for all that He was and all that He did.

 

(1) He was pre-existent with the Father. “The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:2, 3, KJV). (Also see John 17:5 and Colossians 1:17.)

 

(2) He is the Son of God.

      oHis enemies admitted: “He...said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18, KJV).

      oPeter confessed: “And we believe and are sure that thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:69, KJV).

      oJesus affirmed: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30, NIV).

 

(3) He was sinless, as only God can be.

      oJesus challenged His enemies: “Which of you convinceth me of sin?” (John 8:46, KJV).

      oPeter testified: “...Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile

         found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:21, 22, KJV).

      oPaul stated: “For he...made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”

         (2 Corinthians 5:21, KJV).

 

(4) He forgives sin, as only God can.

      oThe Scribes said: “Who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mark 2:7, KJV).

      oJesus said: “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins...” (Matthew 9:6, KJV). (Also see John 8:11.)

      oPeter wrote: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:          

         by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, KJV).

 

(5) He performed miraculous works.

      oHe healed the sick: Matthew 8:9-13; Luke 4:31-44; 5:12-15; John 4:43 to 5:16; and other references.

      oHe fed the hungry: John 6; Mark 8, etc.

      oHe raised the dead: Luke 7:11-18; John 11:1-46.

Jesus Christ is God:

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us...full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, KJV). (See alsoPhilippians 2:7, 8.)

 

(1) His miraculous birth was prophesied 800 years before His coming: “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14, KJV).

 

(2) The prophecy was fulfilled to the letter. “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:30, 31, KJV).

 

(3) Jesus demonstrated human characteristics: He became tired (John 4:6). He thirsted (John 19:28), He ate food (Luke 24:40-43), He showed feelings (Mark 6:34), He wept (John 11:35), He knew temptation (Hebrews 4:15), and He died (John 19:30).

Jesus Christ Became Man: 

(1) He died on the Cross. This is the fundamental theme of the Gospel.

      o  The fact of His death—One-fourth of the Gospels are dedicated to His Passion and Resurrection. (a) For this purpose He came into the

         world (John 12:27). (b) His death was prophesied hundreds of years before He came (Isaiah 53:3-8).

      o  The meaning of His death. (a) It was a ransom for sin (Matthew 20:28; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 1:18). (b) It was to pay the penalty for sin

          (Romans 3:24; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Man is the object of God’s wrath because of rebellion and sin, but God took the initiative in satisfying

         His wrath by sending His own Son to Calvary. (c) It is a reconciliation. The enmity between us and God has ended (Romans 5:10), and we                        

         are restored to God (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19). (d) It is a substitution: He died in our place (1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21). (e) In

         summary, the matter of sin has been completely dealt with (1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:26; Hebrews 10:12).

 

(2) He was resurrected from the dead: This is unique and fundamental to Christianity.

      o  The reality of the Resurrection (John 20:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:4).

      o  The credibility of the Resurrection: (a) Jesus predicted it: Matthew 13:39-41; Luke 24:1-7. (b) The tomb was empty: John 20:11-13.

          (c) Many witnesses saw Him alive: the women (Luke 23:55, 56); Mary Magdalene (John 20:1, 2, 11-18); Peter and the other disciples

          (John 20:3-9, 19, 20, 24-31; 21:1-14).  

Jesus Christ Accomplished the Works of His Father: 

(1) He ascended to His Father (Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:6-11).

 

(2) He is our eternal Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6; 1 John 2:1.

 

(3) He is our Savior: “Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21, KJV). “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31, KJV).

         o  He is the only Savior. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we

              must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV).

         o  He is a complete Savior. “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever

              liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25, KJV).

         o  He is a personal Savior. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath

              raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth

              confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10, KJV).

The Results of His Work: 

(1) He shall return again to this earth (Acts 1:11; Hebrews 10:37; John 14:3).

 

(2) Believers in Christ shall be bodily resurrected to begin a new, undying life (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58).

 

(3) He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords over His new creation (2 Peter 3:10-13;Revelation 22:3-5).

The Consummation of His Work: 

Who is Jesus?