Who Is Jesus?

He was either who he said he was, or he was a liar, or he was a lunatic.

If you believe he was a liar, just stop here, the rest won't interest you.

If you believe he was crazy, you may as well move on too, this will be of no interest to you.

But if you're willing to believe he was who he said he was, let what's presented here draw you to him and whet your desire to know him personally.

Why Jesus Came - Our Predicament

It Started Out Good

In the description of the creation of the world as recorded in Genesis, God said several times that it was "good."

Genesis, chapter 1:
...."Then God said, "Let there be light''; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good..."

...."And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good."

But Obviously, Something Happened
If you've lived long enough in this world, you've noticed that it is no longer "good."

Why?

When God created mankind and placed them on the earth, they lived in a state of perfection and walked with, and enjoyed God freely. He made only one demand on them, warning that if they disobeyed him, the result would be death.

The Lie
Satan, a fallen angel filled with hatred for God and for all that God cares about, came to them and suggested that what God had said to them was not true:

And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
Genesis 3:1

It is extremely important to remember this part of the story because this is always the way Satan lures mankind into sin: he tells them what God said is not true.

"Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will NOT surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'"
Genesis 3:4-5

They fell for that and believed Satan's suggestion that it would actually be to their advantage to disobey God. And so the first sin took place, the sin of UNBELIEF. They took the fruit.

It wasn't an apple. Satan has so distorted the story so as to make it sound ridiculous. No, the particular fruit had a property which opened them up to the knowledge of good versus evil. God had wanted them to remain in an innocent state, but now that was no longer possible.

The Horrific Results Of Sin
This act of rebellion brought the curse of death not only upon the two, but the death principle affected them completely, even to their very genetic makeup. And that meant that it was to be upon everyone who would ever be born of them. It becomes obvious that it was a genetic curse because subsequent generations would show plainly that the original perfect genome has mutated with each subsequent generation. In the very beginning, there was no law forbidding intermarriage within families because the genome was still fairly healthy and it would take several generations before genetic diseases would become apparent. Later, when God gave the law, he mandated an end to marriage with family members. They couldn't have known about genetics then, but it makes total sense to anyone reading about it now.

But death didn't only come upon them. Sin brought death into the whole world. The death principle took over everything. So now, even animals, even plants came under its curse. No living thing was exempt from death. Death took over the entire world. God's creation deteriorated to the point where sickness and death, violence and death, accidents and death, and all manner of death became the accustomed way of life on planet earth.

More Effects From The Curse
The worse effect, though, was that sin now stands between God and man, and mankind, being born IN sin, has lost fellowship with God. And upon death, man cannot enter God's heaven because man is corrupted. And corrupt beings go to hell, Satan's domain.

God Himself Has A Problem
Satan thought he won in his effort to destroy God's creation, and surely he had succeeded in causing the separation between a holy God and a corrupt mankind. So now GOD had a problem. Every human being's destiny was no longer to walk with God, but to die and be taken by Satan to hell, a place that experiences no fellowship with God whatsoever. This was, it HAD to be, the fate of sinful mankind who had lost righteousness, lost sinlessness, lost holiness, and therefore was by nature unfit for heaven and cut off totally from God.

So WE had a problem without a solution.

And God had a problem because his creation was lost. Every descendant of Adam was sin-sick, under the curse of death, and separated permanently, in this world and in the one to come, from God.

Why Jesus Came -His Solution

Adam Has A New Experience - Guilt, Shame, And Fear
When Adam realized things had changed after his rebellion, and for the first time he felt guilt and shame, he hid himself from God. He was exhibiting what was now the human condition that we all experience, guilt and shame.

Finally, God comes looking for him and asks, "what have you done???"

Adam Refuses To Acknowledge His Guilt
Now Adam exhibits another aspect of the human condition, he tried to blame it on someone else. He told God that Eve brought him into rebellion. And when God questioned Eve, she told him that Satan had caused her to rebel. What a picture of humanity! Out of our own human nature, we'll always find someone else to blame for whatever sin we get caught in. But that is not acceptable before God, every person ALONE is responsible for his choices, whether there were extenuating circumstances or not.

They Try To Cover Themselves
Now comes a very important part of this story that a lot of people miss. As soon as Adam and his wife realized a great change had taken place in them, and for the first time felt the human emotions "guilt" and "shame," they each took leaves and tried to cover themselves.

"...and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."
Genesis 3:7

 But what God did next, is one of the most important points we must understand in order to understand salvation.

The Covering Foreshadowing An Atonement
The coverings of leaves was not acceptable to hide their shame. Instead, Genesis 3:21 reports that God took skins of an animal and clothed them with them. There's a VERY important point here, don't miss it. Whatever we use to cover our guilt with, is not acceptable. The remedy God provided was animal skins thus showing that the cost of redemption is going to be the shedding of BLOOD. As reported in the Book of Hebrews, "without shedding of blood there is no remission."

Why is that so? Why does blood have to be shed to "cover" mankind?

God was showing mankind that there is NO OTHER WAY he can cover himself, or cleanse himself of the guilt of sin.

THE LAMB
Throughout the Bible stories, the picture of redemption through the blood of a lamb was the only way of salvation. Here are a couple of dramatic stories portraying this:

Isaac
God called a man named Abraham to take his son Isaac up to a certain mountain and sacrifice his son. As they were walking up the mountain, Isaac sees the wood and realizes they're going up to a sacrifice, but notices Abraham doesn't have a lamb. So Isaac asks his father,

"Where is the lamb?"

"But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, 'My father!' And he said, 'Here I am, my son.' Then he said, 'Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?'”
Genesis 22:7

Notice carefully the answer Abraham gives:

verse 8:
"My son, God will provide Himself the lamb..."

So Isaac walked up that hill, with the wood on his back (foreshadowing Jesus walking to Calvary with the cross on his back) and at the last minute, as Abraham goes to slay him, God tells him not to, but to replace Isaac and instead sacrifice an animal that was nearby, showing that the death is going to be SUBSTITUTIONARY. God himself is going to provide the lamb who will be slain, taking the judgment ON OUR BEHALF, and it will be a substitutionary sacrifice.

Another beautiful portrait of the same thing:

The Passover Lamb
Many years later, the Jewish people were in Egypt, slaves to Pharoah who caused them much suffering. God sent Moses to bring his people out of that bondage. After Pharoah many times refused to let them go, God told Moses that he would be sending judgment, an angel of death throughout all of Egypt, and every firstborn son of every Egyptian family was going to die --- EXCEPT the sons of the children of Israel. But to be spared, they had to do what God told them. It required belief. It required obedience. He told them that each family was to take a lamb, slay it, and take a hyssop branch and dab the blood of their lamb on the doorposts of their homes. And when the judgment came, when the angel of death came through the streets of Egypt, every house that had the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, would be PASSED OVER and spared the judgment of death.

That's what the Jews celebrate to this day when they celebrate PASSOVER. Notice that the blood had to be dabbed onto the top piece of the doorframe, and then on each of the upper sides of the door frame. Picture it. What does that look like? It takes the form of a cross.

The Lamb Of God
If you understand the story till now, then you should understand the statement of John the Baptist who was baptizing one day in the Jordan river. Looking up, he saw Jesus coming, and he said,
.... "Behold! The LAMB OF GOD, who takes away the sin of the world!"
.....John 1:29

There are many, many more picture-stories God has placed in the Bible. Jesus said,
.... "Behold, I have come; in the volume of the book it is written of Me."
...... Hebrews 10:7

Summarizing:
. Abraham was pictured as a father giving his son as a sacrifice.

. Moses taught that the blood of the lamb would spare God's people from judgment.

Those were to be pictures of another Father, the God of creation, who gave us his Son, so that if we put the blood of THIS lamb on the doorposts of our hearts, we are redeemed, and will not come into judgment - BECAUSE Jesus BECAME that lamb who was nailed on a cross IN OUR PLACE, to endure the judgment of God upon the sin of each of us. Therefore, if the judgment of our sins was taken by HIM, there is no more judgment coming to us whoever will receive and believe him, because as Jesus said from the cross,
....."It is FINISHED."
       John 19:30

Hitler tried to destroy every Jewish person in the Holocaust. His plan was called "the final solution." No. JESUS is "the final solution!" Bringing life, not death.

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About Jesus Christ -Basic Historic Facts

The depictions of Jesus that people take for granted, religious icons and paintings, do not portray him as he was. Religion has done a lot to obscure the story of Jesus, for Satan loves nothing more than to detract from who he really is and what his purpose was in coming to this earth.

He Was Not Blonde And Blue Eyed
And he had no halo around his head. Jesus was born a Jew, in Israel. That means he was dark-haired, dark-eyed, and looked Israeli.

His Name Was Yeshua
While he was on this earth, no one called him, "Jesus." His name was Yeshua. He spoke Hebrew and Aramaic, and his given name, "Yeshua" means "salvation."

Born Of The Tribe Of Judah
His earthly foster-father or legal father, was Joseph, Hebrew Yosef, who was a Jew of the tribe of Judah and a descendant of King David through the line of David's son Solomon.

Jesus' mother was Mary, Hebrew Miriam, was also of the tribe of Judah, and descended from King David through David's son Nathan.

Lived Most Of His Life In Israel
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, and lived his entire life on this earth within the confines of Israel, with the exception of a short period of time after his birth when his parents fled to Egypt because Herod was killing all the male Hebrew babies, intending to destroy the ONE who was born in Bethlehem, the Messiah and coming King. After Herod's death, they returned to Israel, to their home in Nazareth.

Jesus began his ministry at the river Jordan, and walked throughout Israel during the 3-1/2 years of his ministry, until his crucifixion.

The Crucifixion
Jesus was crucified on a hill called Golgotha just outside the city of Jerusalem, a place I've had the privilege of seeing for myself and can testify that it is recognizable by the rock formation making the hill look like a skull. He was buried in a tomb nearby.

Three nights and three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, and spent 40 more days on earth appearing to upwards of 500 people so that there would be no question that he had risen physically from the dead. He retained the nail prints in his hands, leaving no doubt that this was the same Jesus who died on that cross. After 40 days, he ascended back to heaven from the Mount of Olives, in the sight of many witnesses.

Is Jesus Christ God?

The Bible, the Word of God, proclaims that Jesus Christ is God.


His Name

First, God revealed to Moses that his Name is "I AM."

"Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, `What is His name?' what shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM.'' And He said, 'Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.' ''
Exodus 3:13-14

Jesus made claim to being "I AM."

"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.' Then the Jews said to Him, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.' 
John 8:56-58

The Rabbis knew exactly what he was saying. They were enraged that he was making the claim of being the "I AM" of Exodus 3.

verse 59:
"Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by."

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Jesus identified himself as God

"And behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
Revelation 22:12-13

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The New Testament writers identified him as God

"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
Acts 20:28

"Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh …received up into glory."
1 Timothy 3:16

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
Colossians 2:9

Who Jesus Is To Me

To me personally, Jesus is the Savior in every sense of the word.

In my search for truth, I went down many wrong paths including all that's today called "New Age" venues, along with occult practices. It's a "given," that those paths lead to destruction, especially ANY involvement with the occult, but I didn't know that then. And sure enough, the more I got involved in those things, the more affliction came at me on all sides.

At the same time, I was a full-blown alcoholic. I suffered very deep depression, and for awhile, alcohol eased the pain. At the end, however, it affects one's liver and from that point on, it no longer eases pain, but changes the personality. While at one time alcohol had made me relaxed and happy, giggly, etc, it had progressed to the point of making me ugly - VERY ugly, and was taking me down the path that surely would bring me to death. By now, I was drinking every hour I was awake, from morning until I went to bed at night.

As my world was spinning out of control around me, and catapulting me deeper and deeper into depression, I tried all the remedies both for depression and also for breaking away from alcoholism, all without any success whatsoever, and I was left in a state of utter despair.

On the morning of November 29, 1974, Thanksgiving weekend that year, a series of circumstances had developed, which brought me to a true encounter with Jesus Christ. Never had I been as impacted by anything as I was in this experience. He revealed to me who he was, and that he was calling me to repentance and into the surrender of my life to him. The experience was so intense, that I had absolutely no doubt and I agreed on his terms.

Three weeks later, as I was in my kitchen on the day before Christmas eve, the Lord Jesus was suddenly there beside me. I did not see as one sees in the natural. I didn't see details. All I knew was that Jesus Christ was standing next to me and told me that if I would pour the drink I had in my hand down the kitchen sink, he would set me free from bondage to alcoholism. I poured the drink down the sink and as that liquid left my glass, all desire for alcohol instantly and totally left me. He had truly set me free. I wouldn't need "AA" or any other aid, I was truly free, and I did not experience ANY withdrawal whatsoever. In awe, I realized I had experienced a miracle.

That began a walk with him that has lasted now more than 30 years. In this time Jesus Christ has revealed to me who he is, why he came and walked the shores of Galilee, what it means for me personally, and what he wants from us. I've witnessed many more miracles during these years, and amazing manifestations of his love for me.

In the Scriptures Jesus foretold that in this world we will have tribulation, and that certainly has been true in my experience. But he has been present with me in every trial, strengthening me, encouraging me, and giving me hope. I've known him on the mountain tops, and I've known him in the valleys. He is EVERYTHING to me. I could never, ever express how much I love him.