There is one man who brought a huge change in man’s history and he became known to everyone in this world by his sacrificial act. He is Jesus who died on the cross and found no fault with him.
Who is Jesus? He has many names or titles in the Bible that we read. The name “Jesus” means Savior, one who saves people. We usually see the word “Christ” to the end of his name. The word “Chris” means the anointed one. Jesus was the anointed king for Israel as well as for the whole world.
The Jews were chosen people by God but due to their sins God punished them so many times by other nations. The nation Israel was divided into two parts and the Jews were taken captives by the other kings. They were also returned to their homeland by the instruction of God. This was going on and the prophets told them that a king will come from the throne of David whose kingdom will remain forever.
When Jesus came to earth, the Jews had been waiting for “the anointed one” for hundreds of years. The prophet Isaiah wrote of the promised Messiah, who would carry away the sins and sorrows of man (Isaiah 53:1-12). Isaiah even wrote that the Messiah would be called “Almighty God”, “Eternal Father”, “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9: 7). The Jews were expecting a king who would govern their nation and conquer Rome politically, not believing that God Himself would come to earth as a human or die on the cross.
Their misconception led them to misunderstand Jesus as their promised Messiah and they failed to recognize him. As a result of that Jesus was not honored by his own people.
Jesus Is The Son Of God And Son Of Man
There are many times we can see the words “Son of God” and “Son of Man” in the Bible. These have some meaning which describe Jesus in two different ways.
The word “son of God” is usually used to emphasize the divinity of Jesus. The word “son of man” usually emphasizes his humanity. In the Old Testament, the Messiah was called the “Son of Man” (Daniel 6: 13-14). Although this Messianic “Son of Man” came from heaven and received divine worship, Jesus often applied the word “Son of Man” to himself when he wanted to emphasize his humanity (Matthew 6:20, 11:19, 18: 22-23).
There are two things we need to keep in mind about Jesus Christ. First, Jesus is fully human, and second, Jesus is also fully God. Jesus is both man and God (Romans 1: 3-4). Jesus has claimed his humanity as well as his divinity in the Bible. He was God from the side of his Father and from his mother’s side he was also fully man.
Jesus Is God In Flesh
The children of Israel failed to accept Jesus as he came in the form of a man. They never expected that their king would come in that manner. So when Jesus narrated his divinity before the Jews leaders, they were extremely raged with anger and often they tried to kill him as he claimed to be God. But Jesus asked them to read the scriptures which talked about him, but they could not get what the prophet Isaiah wrote about him.
Jesus had all the attributes of God in him. As God is eternal and since the beginning of this universe he was present, so Jesus also is eternal and he is always with God (John 1: 1-2, 17: 1-5).
He was involved in the creation of the world (1 John 1: 3; Colossians 1:16 17, Hebrews 1: 2). God revealed himself through Jesus and Jesus was in the Father (John 14:10, 18:21, 23). Jesus was called the one and only Son or the firstborn of God (John 3:16, 17: Colossians 1:15, 16, Hebrews 1: 7). No one can see God as he is the invisible spirit but Jesus showed the Father in him (John 1:16, 14: 9) and that he is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), that the image of God is imprinted in him (Hebrews 1: 3).
In many places in the Bible, it is said that Jesus and God are one (John 10:30, 18:11, 22) or equal to God (Philippians 2: 7). In fact, Jesus was actually declared to be God (John 1: 1; Romans 2: 7). Jesus is not only a partial God, but He is the fully God as in him God dwells bodily (Colossians 1:19, 2: 9).
Jesus Is Man
Jesus was a man in his humanity and he was born just like us. He was conceived by Mary but there was no man’s seed. He was born according to the prophecy of the Old Testament. Since his childhood Jesus experienced many hardships.
Although Jesus was God, He was human (Philippians 2: 7). People saw him and touched him (1 John 1: 1-2) he walked with his disciples and went to many villages on foot. He was tired and slept in the boat while he was with his disciples. He also felt hunger and thrust like other people. He cried like a human being. He has faced all kinds of temptations just like us (Hebrews 4:15). When God did not reveal the future to him, He revealed the same ignorance as we do (Mark 13:32). It is very important to believe that Jesus was a perfect man.
Jesus lived a simple life that a man lived so we cannot ig humanity.
False Teachings About Jesus
The church suffered greatly from those who taught false doctrines about Jesus from the very beginning. Even today, many are being led astray by false teachings about Jesus. Let us see these false teachings into three main concepts.
The first misconception is that Jesus is only a man, not God at all. Believing this, they agree that Jesus was a great teacher whom God gave wisdom. But they deny that Jesus was God. The second false or erroneous idea is the complete opposite of that, Jesus was God, not man.
Some would say that Jesus was only a spirit, not a human body. Some say that the spirit of Jesus was not the spirit of man, but the spirit of God in the flesh. But this is not true because Jesus was a perfect human being (Hebrews 2: 16-17).
The third misconception is that Jesus was God but less than God the Father. Those who believe this say that the human body is unclean and sinful, and God can never appear in human flesh. Therefore, they say that Jesus is a secondary god sent from the Father, but not really God Himself.
These people try to prove their view by the verse where Jesus honored his divinity. They simply took the words and came to the conclusion of their doctrine.
The work of Jesus Christ
Jesus is the creator of this world and he is the firstborn. Everything was created by his will and instruction. (John 1: 3, 10) (Colossians 1: 17-18). Jesus came in the flesh of man to redeem us from the upcoming judgment that would take place after his second coming.
By his earthly life, Jesus showed us the Father (John 12:45, 14: 6-9). For example, when we see Jesus, hear him, and see his works, we know that the Father is just and loving and forgives our sins.
As a loving father, he cares about all our needs and problems and takes care of them. Another reason Jesus became human is that we need his death and resurrection to be saved. Jesus was our “ransom” in the Bible, meaning the one who frees us from sin and the curse of the law (see Mark 10: 457 Galatians 3:13 and commentary). Jesus did not redeem us with gold or silver, but with His precious blood which is required for our salvation (1 Peter 1: 18-19). With this ransom, he has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13-14).
God of the Bible is holy and He demands holiness from his people. Sin separates man from the presence of the Lord so Jesus died on the cross, accepting our sins and the penalty for our sins to unveil the curtain between man and God. Therefore, Jesus is called our atonement, which means that Jesus has fulfilled the requirements of the Holy Spirit (Romans 3:25; 1 John 2: 2). Because of Jesus’ atonement, God forgives sinners and remains holy, because He punished sin. Jesus reconciled us with the Lord again and now man can approach God with a humble heart.
By the death of Jesus on the cross and the shedding of His blood, we have received forgiveness of sins, which does not mean that God has simply forgiven our sins, but that God has removed our sins as well(Colossians 2: 13-14; Hebrews 10: 7) and purified us (Hebrews). 9:14, 22: 1 John 1: 6-9). Jesus expelled Satan by death on the cross, destroying him (John 12:31; Hebrews 2: 14-15). Many Christians believe that Jesus also carries our disease on the cross. And heals our bodies and saves us from the clutches of evil spirits. (See Isaiah 53: 4-5; Matthew 6: 16-17; Mark 1:26; General Articles Healing and Salvation). Through His own resurrection, Jesus gave us physical resurrection and eternal life (John 6:54, 56, 11: 25-26; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-22).
He proved his divinity by doing many miracles and wonders. Many people were healed from the diseases and demon possessed people were set free by the mighty hand of God.
Jesus also sent the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost to empower the believers as it was the promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit is the comforter who will teach all the things concerning the kingdom of God that came according to the plan of Jesus and helped the disciples to take the gospel into the world.
The Uniqueness Of Christ
Jesus is not another religious leader or promoter of religion. Most other religious leaders are considered to be either gods or human beings, even in their life stories we dont find any historical evidence like Jesus. Most of the stories are based on assumption and the rest who claimed to be god died and did not resurrect from the dead.
Jesus revealed himself before the man by putting the flesh and lived with them in order to make them realize how much he loves his people.
Many deny to accept him as God but it is true that he was God in flesh and man failed to honor him. He had a dual nature which no man can ever have.
He came from the lineage of David and had the power of God (Romans 1: 3-4).
He lived a sinless life which proved that he was God. when we look at other so-called men who claimed themselves as gods did not maintain a holy life just what Christ did.
Jesus is the true mediator between God and man because he had to be a real man to atone for both God and man (Hebrews 9:15) (Hebrews 9: 14-15) and to live a perfect life in order to sacrifice God’s acceptable atonement. He needed to be the real God (Hebrews 9:14). Jesus had to be God in order to defeat Satan on behalf of man (Hebrews 2:14 17) and to be strong enough to defeat Satan and evil spirits (Colossians 2:15; Revelation 19: 11-21).
Jesus was not only the guide to the way of salvation, He was the real path Himself (John 14: 6). Jesus not only encouraged us to live a righteous life but also gave us the strength to live a righteous life. He gave us the strength to be righteous. He freed us from the bondage of sin through the power of the Holy Spirit which he sent on the day of Pentecost as it was the promise of the Father.
Jesus not only taught us the truth but also gave eternal life to all Christians. Jesus is the real way to God. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father except through me ”(John 14: 7). The apostle Peter said: “It is not possible for a man to be saved by anyone else, for there is no other name on earth by which man can be saved” (Acts 4:12).