Who is Jesus?
Jesus was more than a great teacher. We believe that Jesus was incarnated onto this Earth a little over 2000 years ago. The Gospels faithfully attest to who Jesus, what He did, and what He is going to do. They represent the Jesus of history.
Our entire faith is founded on an actual historical figure, not just a some figurative hero. This makes our faith tangible, real, and relational. As a church body, we want to peel back the layers of of the Bible so that we can have an encounter with the Jesus of history. The God-man who taught, was crucified, rose again, and will come back one day. We are utterly captivated by Jesus, the person who tipped the world on it’s head.
Jesus dying on the cross is more than an act of kindness. Jesus took our place and became our substitute on the cross. The pain of the cross is what we all deserve, but we receive the life of Christ through his Resurrection. He was a just man who died for an unjust world. But this is God’s kindness, that He, the creator allows himself to be killed by his creation. The cross is grace and mercy lived out in the person of Jesus.
Many often forget that Jesus spent 3 years pouring his message into his disciples. And He cared deeply that they got it right. Beyond that, Jesus cares deeply that we got His redemptive message right. And our obedience to that message will change this world by bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. Person by person and day by day.
We live His message out by obeying his commands. This is easily summarized in what is widely known as The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…
The resurrection is the eternal hope of every believer. If Jesus did not rise from the dead then we would’t either! This is the most fundamental belief in Christianity. Without the cross, we would all rot forever in our graves. But death has no sting and it has no victory, because Jesus proved it by raising from the dead. He is the first to rise from the dead, and we will too someday.
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