Who is Jesus Christ
In general, I believe there are three basic things that we must know and believe about Jesus:
1. Believe in who He was, is, and claimed to be.
2. Believe in what He did.
3. Believe in what He taught.
So, who was and is Jesus and who did He claim to be?
Jesus is God. He has always been and will always be. He has no beginning and no end. What is so cool about Jesus is that He came from His place in Heaven and identified with us in our world by taking on human flesh. So, Jesus, who was and is God, became a man for a period of time.
Jesus said that He and the Father are One and that He is the Son of God (read John 10.22-42). This means that Jesus claimed to be God, and His claims were validated in the miracles that He performed as well as raising again from the dead.
What did He do that was so important? While He was a man, He lived for a period of 33 years and lived a perfect life. So this means that He never, ever, ever thought, spoke, or did anything that broke the commandments of God. He never lied, cheated, swore, or lusted after a woman (regardless of what the DaVinci Code would have you believe).
Not only is this the case, but He was punished as one that broke God’s commandments. It is for this reason, that He was nailed to an old nasty wooden cross nearly 2,000 years ago. This means that He took upon the punishment that we deserve for breaking the commandments of God. He shed His blood for us that we would be brought near and reunited with God once again (read Ephesians 2.12).
Even though He died and was buried for three days, He kicked the grave and deaths butt and rose again. He did this so that when we believe in Him we would live a new life and become new people (read Romans 6.1-4). After raising again from the dead, He spent forty days on earth, and for that matter, He never lived in North America and left behind Golden Tablets for Joseph Smith as the Mormons would have you believe. After this period of time was up, He ascended into Heave where He continues to live and rule and reign as the supreme king of the universe.
There will be a time, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, that He will return. And this time He will not be coddling little children but rather we read in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, that He will come back on a white horse, to judge the wicked and wage war, that His eyes are a flame of fire, He is clothed with a robe that is dipped in blood, from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may slash the nations, that He will rule and reign over, and that on His robe and His thigh is written, “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.” Not only is this the case, but He is followed by the armies of heaven behind Him (Read Revelation 19.11-16).
Alright, what did He teach that I must know? First, one does not have to go to school to learn about Jesus. All that you have to do is daily read the Bible, from front to back, that is, Genesis to Revelation, on a continual basis. Over a period of time you will come to know and better understand who He is and what He taught. Second, you must know and believe that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life and no one can get to the father except by Him (quote). So, this means in the midst of a pluralistic society, one that believes in Political Correctness and multiple religious expressions, that Jesus Christ is the only way that one can be forgiven of their wrongs and made right with God.
How do I know if I have encountered Him? (check back later)