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Who is Jesus?

Jesus' life and message changed the world. And the impact of His life on earth continues to the present day. Here is what the Bible says about Jesus.

The Bible states that Jesus is the one and only Son of God (John 3:16). Jesus existed in eternity past, is the image of the invisible God and the world and everything in it was created through Him (Colossians 1:15-17).

The details of Jesus’ human birth are as follows: Jesus was born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit in order to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:18-25). More specifically, He came to die on the cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins (Mark 10:45).

Jesus’ death on the cross—and the reason for it—was foretold in Scripture written 700 years before it happened (Isaiah 52:13-53:12). Sin separates us from God and merits punishment. In paying the penalty for us, Jesus’ sacrifice makes it possible for us to have a relationship with God now and enjoy heaven later: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 NIV).”

The Scriptures make it clear that Jesus really is God: "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God (God the Father), and the Word was God (John 1:1 NASB)." "I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me (Isaiah 43:11 NASB)."

Jesus became fully human while remaining fully God (Philippians 2:5-8). In becoming fully human, Jesus humbled himself and temporarily laid aside many of His divine privileges.

The Scriptures describe a triune God: The Scriptures state that God the Father is God, that Jesus is God and that the Holy Spirit is God (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:21-22, 1 John 5:6-9). These are not three Gods but one God that exists in three persons.

In our finite human minds, this is something that we simply cannot comprehend. The Bible affirms our limited ability to understand: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then (after we die) face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known (1 Corinthians 13:12 NASB).”

I'll provide one more Scripture to the illustrate the limitations of human intelligence. God states: "For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9, New Living Translation)."

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