WHO IS JESUS?
JESUS IS GOD
John 1:1 tells us that Jesus pre-existed the Creation. That He commenced the Creation and thus was already there at the beginning to accomplish all that it is. “In the beginning was the Word (speaking of Jesus), and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Jesus is the second person of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, as the Bible teaches. Jesus has always existed and is both Creator and Savior of the world. He created man to be in close relationship with Him, but we have all sinned by choosing our own ways, and were separated from God. John 1:1-14, Revelation 22:13; 16
JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR THE SINS OF ALL MANKIND
Jesus came and lived on the earth as a man (John 1:14), still fully God, yet also fully human. He did this in order to fulfill God’s promise to send a Savior who would save mankind from their sin and fully restore man’s relationship with God. We have all sinned and deserve punishment for that, this is what the Bible calls Hell. It was out of love for you and for me that Jesus lived a sinless life and was murdered on the cross in our place, and paid the penalty for our sins. When Jesus took our sin upon Himself, He became a substitute for us on the Cross, tasting death as the Father executed His judgement upon His Son instead of us for the sins that we committed. Matthew 1:21, John 1:29
JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD
As evidence that His Word is true, and His promises are trustworthy, Jesus was raised from the dead three days after he died on the cross! He is called the “first fruit” of the resurrection because when He rose again, we were guaranteed that we too will rise again after death to be eternally with God in Heaven forever! For those who believe in His death and resurrection, our sins are washed away, covered by the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. And we are restored, even called the very children of God because of what Jesus has done for us! Luke 24:5-6, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:14-19, Romans 6:8-11
JESUS SENT US HIS HOLY SPIRIT WHILE HE IS CURRENTLY RULING IN HEAVEN
Although Jesus isn't physically with us today, His Holy Spirit (the third Person of the Trinity) is within and with us. Scripture teaches us that He is with us to transform us more into the image of Jesus and empower us for the work of the ministry within the Church and to bring about salvation to those outside of the Church. He is our teacher, our comforter, our empowerment, and so much more. John 16:7, 1 John 4:13, Luke 11:13, 2 Corinthians 5:5, Galatians 3:1-5
JESUS WILL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH
Jesus is coming back! He will come back in a first return to gather in the air the Resurrected Dead and Transfigured and Raptured living Saints, sequestering them safely in Heaven for a seven-year period of Tribulation on Earth as the Father pours out His wrath upon unrepentant, Christ-rejecting people.
At the conclusion of Tribulation, Jesus will return a second time in visible glory bringing all those who lived in faith of His salvation . They will govern with Him during a Thousand Year reign of righteousness , the end of which brings final judgement upon Satan and his followers and the Dawn of Eternity upon a wonderfully restored Creation. Matthew 24:44, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 John 2:28, Revelation 22:20
HOW YOU CAN KNOW JESUS
WE BELIEVE YOU WERE CREATED TO KNOW GOD IN A PERSONAL WAY TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.
1. REALIZE THAT YOU ARE A SINNER
No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. The Bible says, “No one is good—not even one.” We cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.
2. RECOGNIZE THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS FOR YOU.
The Bible tells us that “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.
3. REPENT OF YOUR SIN.
The Bible tells us, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.
4. RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR LIFE.
Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in…” If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”
5. BE BAPTIZED
Although baptism does not save you, it is an important outward expression of an inward change. By choosing to be baptized, you are publicly declaring that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and that you are resting in His payment for your sin and are being transformed into His image by His Spirit.