Jesus Christ is the most important man ever. He is at the very heart of God’s plan and one day all things will be united in him both in heaven and on earth (Ephesians 1 v 9 and 10).
Jesus also tells us “no-one comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14 v 6). If we want to know more about God it is essential that we discover as much as we can about His son Jesus.
Son of God
The Bible consistently tells us that Jesus is the Son of God (not once in the Bible is the term “God the Son” used). He was created by the power of God through the Holy Spirit.
Son of Man
Jesus often refers to himself as the Son of man, and through his mother (Mary) he inherited all the traits of human nature. The Bible tells us he was exactly like us and tempted just as we are. The big difference is that he did not give in to temptation; he is unique in the history of all mankind because he did not sin. He broke the power of sin which leads to death as proved by his resurrection.
The Birth and Death of Jesus
Both these events were foretold in the Old Testament, and at the time of Jesus’ birth the Jews were eagerly awaiting their Messiah’s arrival.
Psalm 22 describes very clearly the torment of the crucifixion, despite being written 1000 years before Christ lived.
… they have pierced my hands and feet, I can count all my bones, they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. – Psalm 22 v 16-18 (ESV)
Christ seen in the Law of Moses
The law given by Moses on Mount Sinai recognised the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ (meaning “anointed one”) to come. Just one example was the sacrifice of lambs and other animals in order for the Israelites to gain forgiveness from God. The shedding of blood pointed to a greater sacrifice that would be made for forgiveness of sin: Jesus. Verses from Luke 24 tell us in Christ’s own words:
Then [Jesus] started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him … Then he said, ‘Everything I told you while I was with you comes to this: All the things written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms have to be fulfilled.’ – Luke 24 v 27, 44 (MSG)
The good news is that Jesus promised he would return and events on the world stage encourage us to believe this will be soon. Paul tells us in his letter to the Hebrews that “Jesus will appear a second time to save those who are eagerly awaiting him”.
So it is with comfort and joy we can look forward to Jesus returning to take up his Kingdom here on Earth, as it says in the Lord’s prayer:
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth as it is in Heaven. – Matthew 6 v 10 (KJV)