Who is Jesus?

Jesus is God

He is part of the Trinity, One God with three parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  (John 1:1)

Jesus created everything

Jesus handcrafted all of existence, which means he is the creator and king of all creation.  (John 1:1-4; Colossians 1:16)

Jesus created man in His own image

Out of God’s love, He handmade mankind and crafted him in His own image – meaning everyone has a soul and will live for eternity. (Genesis 1:26-27)

Jesus came to earth as both man and God

Jesus existed from the very beginning of creation. Even God refers to him in the Genesis creation story.  John the Apostle wrote that he was in the beginning.”  And as the divine God he came to earth and was tempted in every way possible, but did not sin.  As a man, he suffered and felt the full range of emotion from a human perspective.  He lived a sinless life despite these temptations and became the perfect sacrifice for our sin.  Scripture tells us, “by his wounds we are healed.”  As a human, he was nailed to a cross and crucified.  (Genesis 1:26-27; Isaiah 53:5b; Matthew 4:1-11, 27:11-6; John 1:1-4)

Jesus rose from the dead

After Jesus died, a man named Joseph of Arimathea took his body from the cross, wrapped in burial linen, and laid his body in a tomb covered by a large rock. There he laid for three days.  On the third day, several ladies approached the tomb to find the stone rolled away and the body missing.  Later, he appeared to his apostles and then to more than 500 others.  His resurrection proved he was the Son of God once and for all, crushing the hold Satan had on the world through sin.  Anyone who receives Jesus in baptism can receive forgiveness of sin and experience a relationship with God.  (Matthew 27:57-66; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 23:50-56, 24:1-53; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 1 Peter 3:21)

Jesus is our mediator with God

After his resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with his followers and then ascended into heaven where he now sits at the right hand of God the Father. He acts as our mediator on our behalf and speaks on our behalf with God.  This is why we close our prayers by saying, “In Jesus name we pray,” because it is in and through the name of Jesus that we have the ability to talk with God.  (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15)