Two thousand years ago a Jewish carpenter made the most incredible claim imaginable – that he was the Son of God.
He spoke of the power to forgive sins and reconcile people to God. He showed his love in that he did not seek to bring judgement on all human beings, but instead said that he would offer himself up as a substitute for those that believe in him. He suffered and died in place of the guilty, and then rose again in victory over sin and death.
The claim Jesus made to be the Son of God did not come out of nowhere. The books in the Old Testament were written between 1500 and 500 years before Jesus' birth, and they contain many prophecies of Jesus' birth, ministry and death. The earliest Old Testament writings contain promises of a Redeemer that would reconcile us eternally to God.
Isaiah 7:14 promised that a virgin would bear a son as a sign of God's love. Micah 5:2 tells us that this baby would be born in Bethlehem. Jeremiah tells us that the Savior would be a descendant of David, one of Israel's first kings. Isaiah 53 gives us a detailed and accurate description of how Jesus would suffer and die. Psalm 22 and many other Old Testament passages tell us that the Saviour would die for our sins.
Jesus fulfilled all these promises, and in doing so became the Saviour for all those that follow him.
Jesus work is completely sufficient to save us from our sins. That is what separates Christianity from all other religions. Christianity is not about how you can become a better person, or how you can earn your own salvation; rather it is about what Jesus Christ has given to us.
We cannot earn God's approval or even begin to earn our salvation. To understand Jesus' message we need to realize that we are so lost and broken that we cannot look to ourselves. We can only put our faith in Jesus and entrust our souls to him.
While we cannot earn our own salvation, we are also not passive in God's plan. The work of Jesus will transform the heart of any true Christian. It will free us from trying to earn our salvation, and in doing so will bring us closer to God and cause us to live our life in thankfulness to him. He promises the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of all his believers. Even though we are still affected by sin, the battle has already been won!
One day Jesus will return and restore creation to a state of perfection, all to the glory of God. Until then we will all struggle with sin and temptation, but Jesus will do amazing things in our lives despite our weaknesses.
If you do not yet know Jesus in your life, we encourage you to read the Bible. God promises to work through the power of his Word. We'd love to talk to you and pray for you during this process, and to help answer any questions you have.
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness