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Who Is Jesus


One generation after another says good things about Jesus. People seem to want him on their side. It’s been 2,000 years since he walked the earth, but Jesus is still talked about as much as ever. Cross necklaces and Jesus tattoos abound. Some wear Jesus t-shirts. He’s even admired by people who don’t call themselves Christians.


The Most Famous Person In History

By any sober evaluation, Jesus is the most famous person in history. No one has been more frequently painted, written about, or sung to. No person has affected human history as much as Jesus.

But who is Jesus really? It’s only fair to let him speak for himself. Jesus never wrote his own book, but he taught day after day in public, and several of his friends wrote down much of what he taught. What they recorded is our most reliable account of what Jesus really had to say about himself.


More Than A Teacher

Jesus was a great teacher, no doubt. Everyone seems to agree on that. He’s likely the best teacher who’s ever lived and many of his sayings are recognized and familiar: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” “Judge not, lest thee be judged” and the list goes on.

But Jesus didn’t think about himself as just a teacher, and it’s significant that his friends each record him saying these things just once. There is only one thing that Jesus friends Matthew, Mark and Luke record three times each: Jesus teaching that he was going to die and then rise again.


So His Death Was Planned?

Matthew’s 16th chapter is the first place we encounter Jesus explicitly talking about his death: Jesus began to show his disciples that he must
…and be killed, and be raised the third day.” Matthew 16:21-23


Then again in the next chapter, Jesus says that he “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men,and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up,” Matthew 17:22-23


Then a third time, this one in Matthew, chapter 20: Jesus said to his disciples
Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.” Matthew 20:17-19


And again, both Mark and Luke also record Jesus clearly teaching about his death and resurrection at least three times each before he died-notably more than he teaches on any other subject!
Mark 8:31, 9:9,  10:31,  10:33-34;     Luke 9:22 9:44,  9:51-53,  18:31-32


Why Did He Die?

The political leaders couldn’t find any real fault in Jesus, so why did they kill Him? The ultimate answer is that God wanted it this way and orchestrated the details to bring it about. That’s why Jesus knew it was going to happen.

But why in the world would God want that and why did Jesus willingly comply? The reason is this: Because humanity as a whole, and every individual human being, had rebelled against God by not living how God, as our Maker, intended. Because of this, we all deserve to be punished forever, that’s the appropriate punishment for belittling a God who deserves infinite respect.

But in His perfect love, God found a way to save rebellious humans, without compromising His perfect standard of justice, by sending Jesus, who was His eternal divine Son, to …

o Share in our humanity
o Live flawlessly in step with God’s intentions
o Die to pay for our rebellion
o Finally rise again in victory over our failures

This is what Christians call “the good news” or the gospel. The good news is that there is a way out of the punishment we deserve. And this way out is through both the most famous and also most spiritually attractive person who has ever lived: Jesus, the same Jesus who said that he came to earth

“…to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45



So why again did Jesus die? He died so that humans don’t have to spend eternity apart from their Maker but can be brought into a real relationship with him by trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice and enjoying the person Jesus is.


Getting Connected
Getting connected with Jesus isn’t something you can earn. You can’t do anything to gain his favor and get yourself right with God. The only thing you can do is something that really isn’t doing: Trusting that Jesus and his sacrifice are enough to take care of you.


Would You Like to Hear More?
If you’d like more info on Jesus,and there’s much more to say than can fit on this Web page, we’d love for you to check out our church, not because we have all the answers, but because we believe what Jesus’ friends wrote in the Bible is true and the Bible is where the reliable info comes from. You could read the Bible for yourself, too. Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John would all be good places to start. Read the Bible online, or we’d love to give you a Bible. Just e-mail or write us with your address and we will send you a Bible.

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Jesus Saves

Jesus wants you!

Jesus loves you! He desires to have a relationship with you, and to give you a life full of joy and purpose. Why do you need Jesus in your life?


Because you have a past and that past surely has blemishes
God’s word says:“…there is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”  Romans 3:10-12


Because you need a Friend
Jesus knows the worst about you, and yet He believes the best. That’s what a best friend does! So why would Jesus know the worst but believe the best? Because He sees you not as you are, but as you will be when He gets through with you. Wow! What a Friend! John 15:15 says
“…but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you”  John 15:15


Because He holds the Future
Who else are you going to trust? Who else can you trust? In God’s hands you are safe and secure, today, tomorrow and for all eternity. Listen to what God said about you.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  Jeremiah 29:11-13


Invite Him to be your Lord

If you would like to have a personal relationship with Jesus today, please pray this prayer:


“Lord Jesus, I invite you into my life. I believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and provides me with the gift of eternal life. By faith, I receive that gift, and I acknowledge You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.”


Congratulations! You have taken the biggest step in your salvation!

We know this is all very new, very confusing and we want to help!

  • If you are not near us, find a bible based church in your area, connect with the people there and they will help you on your journey.
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Blessings and happiness be with you!

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