Who is Jesus Christ?

Question: “There are 312 prophesied in the Bible about Jesus Christ, of which over 300 have already occurred. So who is this Jesus Christ?”

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Jesus asked, “Whom say you that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15–16). Peter later testified that Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20). He was in the beginning with the Father, and the Firstborn.

Jesus is part of the God Head, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When God Jesus left heaven and came to earth, He came as a man without any of His Godly attributes. He could only demonstrate how a man should live by first being a man. As a man, He lived a pure, sinless, life so that He would be worthy of dying for mankind, as payment for the sins of those who would accept Him. After His resurrection, He returned to heaven, sitting at the right hand side of the Father, with all of His Godly glory and power.

Who did Jesus claim to be? , “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), and “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58).

John 1:1 says the Word was God.  John 1:14 says the Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. Clearly Jesus is God in the flesh. Thomas declared to Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28) and Jesus did not correct him.  Paul describes Him as, …our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).  God spoke, But about the Son he says, Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom (2 Peter 1:1).  And Isaiah said 700 years before Christ, 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 9:6).

Colossians 1:15-18 provides a beautiful detail of the supremacy of Jesus Christ.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

Does it matter if Jesus is God?  If Jesus was not God, He would not have been sinless and His sacrifice on the cross would have been of no value (1 John 2:2).  Only a sinless God could pay our penalty (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Only Jesus could provided the way for salvation. Jesus said, No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).  

Jesus is a transliteration of Yeshua, meaning “to rescue,” “to deliver,” “Savior,” and from Matthew 1:21, “He Saves.” It is the same as Joshua in the Old Testament. Christ means “Anointed” or “Anointed One,” and is the same as Messiah in the Old Testament.  So Jesus Christ means “Savior, anointed one.”

Other names for Jesus include: Only begotten, Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, Savior, Creator of all, and Lord of Lords and King of Kings. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made (John 1:3). Jesus Christ became the son of Man that we could become the sons of God.  for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith (Galatians).

Jesus healed multitudes, cast out demons, raised the dead, fed thousands, ruled the elements and quieted the sea.  On the cross, He suffered God’s anger for mankind’s sins, paying the penalty for our sins, setting us free from God’s righteous judgment and eternity in hell, as the Lord had intended from the beginning of time.

The suffering Christ went through is incomprehensible, but the pain and anguish He experienced, He did not have to experience, He could have said no, but in His great love for us and His obedience to the Father, He willingly endured so that we may be sinless and able to enter heaven with Him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44).

Roman soldiers carried out Pilate's order and crucified Jesus on a cross by hammering nails into His palms and feet.  His death saved us from both physical and spiritual death. Only Jesus can save us from our sins.  We receive His free gift by repenting, exercising faith in Him, and by obeying His commandments.

By living a perfect life free of Sin, as the Son of Man, putting aside His Godly powers, Jesus Christ demonstrates how we are to live.  

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

If you are not a Christian, now is the perfect time to make Jesus your Lord and savior, for no one can come to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6).  Click to learn how to be saved.

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