Who was Jesus and what did he come to do?
The Bible teaches us that God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus rose again defeating death and hell so that all those who believe and trust in Him can know a personal relationship with God the Father and be saved.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” – John 3:16
Jesus was God and equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. This is commonly understood as the Holy Trinity where God exists in three distinct persons in one, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus took on the form of man for our salvation but also remained God.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” – Phillipians 2:5-7
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
Because we are all sinners and born into a sinful state as a result of the fall of Adam, the first man. Adam disobeyed God and as a result sin came into the world and death with it. We are now all affected by this same sin and death as a result. This concept is referred to as ‘original sin’.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” – Romans 5:12
As a result of Adam’s disobedience against God we were condemned to be separated from God for eternity, with no way of repairing the relationship with God or gaining salvation through our own efforts. In the sight of God we are all guilty of sin.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” – 1 John 1:8
Jesus death on the cross was the only acceptable sacrifice to atone for our sins. Jesus unlike us was not born into sin as He was conceived of the Holy Spirit by a virgin birth and lived a completely sinless life, which was pleasing to God the Father. Only such a perfect sacrifice could atone for mankind’s sin.
Why do we need to know Jesus to come to God?
It is only through asking Jesus Christ to be your Saviour, believing on Him for your salvation, believing He died for your sins and rose again and asking forgiveness for your sins that you can know peace with God and assurance of salvation.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6
How can we be certain we will be saved for eternity?
Because Jesus has promised all those who believe in Him for their salvation that they will dwell with Him in eternity forever and once we are His nothing will part us from Christ Jesus.
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” – John 10:28-30
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