Who is Jesus?
He lived 2,000 years ago and like many of us he was from a small town and had a simple job. However unlike us He had no moral faults or weaknesses, loved God perfectly, spoke truth from God and backed them up with miracles, he was pleasing to God and showed great authority over the spiritual world and nature.
When people who hated Him killed Him, He came back from the dead and went to be with God. Jesus is a person like no-one else, because he is God’s son. He said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”.
Why did Jesus come?
God saw that the world is desperately needy and He promised to send someone to put it right. A King, who sets up a Kingdom of Justice and love. Jesus is that King.
We try to and live the best lives we can and maybe try to please God, but we always seem to fail and go our own way – away from God. Jesus never did. His whole life he was pleasing to God. He lived the life we should live.
Jesus was killed at the age of 33, by public execution and His body was put in a grave. The bible tells us that death is the result of sin, but if Jesus never sinned why did He die? It is because took the responsibility for our sin, He died the death we should die.
Three days after his execution, his tomb was found to be empty. Over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with him. Hundreds saw him. Jesus could not be contained by death. He had risen!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US?
So, today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news. Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves.
Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need to give us a place in his kingdom.
Living with Jesus as King isn’t easy. His followers will be rejected, just as he was. But they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction, and joy, knowing God and his forgiveness, being helped by his Spirit, and looking forward to the King’s return, when he will finally establish his loving kingdom forever.
Jesus offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes. Jesus freely offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.