Who is Jesus?
It is almost universally accepted by all historical scholars and religious leaders alike that the Jesus of Nazareth lived almost 2000 years ago. The debate begins when the subject starts to shift from "Did Jesus exist?" to "Was Jesus the Son of God?". In Christianity, we believe this question to be an undeniable fact. Jesus himself states in response to Paul that He is “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus is the Messiah, the King of Kings.
Jesus is God in flesh, He is both God and man. As God, Jesus was perfect so only his sacrifice could satisfy the wrath of God. As man, Jesus could suffer pain and mortality. This combination of God and man allows Jesus to be the perfect mediator between us and God (1 Timothy 2:5). Yes, Jesus is the all-mighty, star-breathing, miracle-working God - but he is also Jesus the friendly, selfless human who cares about us. He is the Immanuel which means 'God is with us'.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
- John 3:16 (New International Version) -
Relationships are one of the utmost important aspects of our lives. Our relationships can come in all forms. From romantic to familial to platonic relationships, it's undeniable that these relationships impact our lives in one way or another. This is what makes following Jesus so special. Christianity is about the relationship, not just about the rules. Jesus Himself states that the greatest commandment is to "love thy neighbour"(Mark 12:31), symbolising the great importance of having good relationships as a Christian.
But why Jesus? Why can't we live a good and righteous life without the need of following Jesus to be rewarded with eternal salvation? You and I were both created with the intent to have an intimate relationship with God, although, when sin entered the world the bridge between us and God was severed. This leaves us with a gap in our lives. Some make an effort to try to fill that gap with worldly things, such as money, drugs or sexual promiscuity. We are left hungry to find something, anything, to fill the void left behind. This is why Jesus came to serve. Jesus states that he is "the bread of life" (John 6:35), stating that "whoever comes to me will never go hungry". Jesus is the solution - He is the mediator between us and God. Jesus died for our sins to provide us with the opportunity to believe in Him and heal the broken link between us and God.
Video author: The Bible Project