Some people claim he’s a great teacher. Others think he’s a prophet. Some dismiss him as a liar or even a madman. Millions hail him as Savior and Lord. Whatever people think of him, nobody can deny that he stands at the very crux of human history.
The biblical record of his life shows that Jesus was born to a virgin, lived a sinless life, taught throughout Palestine for about three years, was crucified and then rose back to life three days after his death. The Bible claims that more than 500 people saw him alive after this miraculous event. How could a mere man have lived such a life? The miracles Jesus performed, his death on the cross, his resurrection, his ascent to heaven–all point to the fact that he was no ordinary leader.
Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, prophets predicted his coming. The Old Testament, written by many people over a period of 1,500 years, contains more than 300 such prophecies. All of these details came true, including his miraculous birth, his sinless life, his many miracles, his death and his resurrection.
By his own account, Jesus claimed he had the power to forgive sins, to cast out demons, and to determine people’s eternal destiny. He even declared he himself was God!
Declaring that he was God so angered the religious and political leaders of his day that they had him crucified. They buried him in a borrowed grave, and three days later, he rose from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus is what makes Christianity unique and radically different from Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Judaism, and Islam. In fact, the validity of Christianity hinges on the proof of the resurrection of Jesus. If the resurrection never took place, then the Christian faith is based on a lie and people have no true hope for life after they die. But if it is true, then we can do nothing else but accept Jesus as Savior and Lord and receive his gift of love and forgiveness.
Throughout the centuries, most great scholars who have considered the proofs of the resurrection have believed, and still believe that Jesus is alive.
Who is Jesus of Nazareth to you?
Your life on this earth and for all of eternity is affected by your answer to this question. Find out how you can get to know Jesus Christ personally and discover what provisions he has made for you to live with him forever. Email one of our staff members to set a time to discuss this decision in person. We are glad to spend some time with you about this.
How Do I Become a Follower of Jesus: a Christian?
You must first realize that you are “lost.” In other words, you are totally estranged from God by a sinful nature.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
You alone cannot reconcile the lost relationship between you and God. To provide a remedy, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life God demands. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.”
Since through sin, you have separated yourself from God, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross bridges the gap.
Romans 5:8 “But God commended his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
All that God asks is that you repent and turn from your sin and believe with your heart in Christ’s death and resurrection. Romans 10:9-10,13 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
After you have been saved, the first step of obedience to God is baptism by immersion. Acts 8:36,37
God expects His children to be involved and active in His family on Earth, the church. Hebrews 10:25
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