Who is Jesus?
Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem during the reign of Augustus, the 1st Roman Emperor. He is the only individual in human history to fulfill all the known prophecies of the first coming of the Jewish Messiah as outlined in the Old Testament.
In fact, Jesus is the only human to live a sinless life, and the Bible reveals him to be God in the flesh.
Jesus clearly illustrated this point while speaking with his disciples:
So why did God choose to become a man? The prophet Isaiah reveals God's purpose in a prophecy written more than 700 years before the appearance of Jesus:
All humans are born with a fatal flaw called "sin."
Sin is what separates man from God.
Just as a society demands a penalty be paid for a criminal act, God demands a penalty be paid for sin, and that penalty is eternal separation from God. To avoid this separation, Jesus interceded on our behalf.
Blameless in every way, he was beaten and crucified for our sins. He took on the sins of the world, and paid the penalty for every human being who ever lived. Through his suffering, all who accept this free gift are counted among the righteous.
This is most clearly illustrated during the crucifixion itself when Jesus was executed between two criminals:
The second criminal did the only two things necessary to receive the salvation of the cross:
1) He acknowledged his sin
2) He placed his trust in Jesus
Although others may claim that salvation requires cumbersome religious rituals, certain good works, or other such actions, know that the free gift of salvation is available to all who place their trust in Christ. As the Scriptures tell us:
If you want to have a personal relationship with the living God, place your trust in Jesus. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you, and he will. Read the Bible, and seek fellowship with others who trust in Jesus as well. If you do, you will be amazed with the changes in your life.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
Britt Gillette is the founder of End Times Bible Prophecy and the author of Coming To Jesus and Signs Of The Second Coming. Receive his book 7 Signs of the End Times for FREE when you sign up for his monthly newsletter.
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