The teachings of Jesus, his deeds, death on the cross, and resurrection are the center of the Christian faith.
Why did God send Jesus?
The Bible says that God created the world and the first human beings. However, Satan deceived people to disobey God. As a result, the man was separated from God and the God created world was corrupted. The evil, imperfection, sin, sickness and death came into the world and people’s lives.
God did not abandon people. He contacted Abraham (about 1800-1700 BC) in order to bring salvation for all mankind through the people of Israel. The prophets of Israel, like Isaiah (700 BC), predicted that it would happen when God comes as the Messiah-King to Israel.
The prophecies were fulfilled when God sent Jesus (about 5 BC-30 AD) to the world. Jesus was the Messiah-King.
However, Jesus was more than a man, because God became man in Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. ” (John 14:6-9)
Jesus said that the kingdom of God has arrived through His ministry into the world corrupted by sin. It was seen in a number of ways. People who were separated from God, found Him through Jesus. They found the loving Heavenly Father and their sins were forgiven. The sick and wounded people were healed. Those who were bound by evil powers found freedom. The poor and marginalized people were helped. Enemies forgave each other, and they reconciled. Does it sound good? It is the gospel, the good news about Jesus! You can nowadays find a lot of people, in all churches, who are able tell you how Jesus met them, saved, healed and delivered.
The meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection
Jesus had His mission – to die nailed to the cross. The death of Jesus was not a martyr’s death, but it had a greater significance. Jesus took upon Himself our iniquities, the sins that separate us from God. He took upon Himself the punishment, which would have otherwise fallen onto us.
Jesus’ journey did not end in death, but God resurrected Jesus after three days. Thus, Jesus overcame death and Satan’s power.
You can encounter Jesus now!
Jesus is alive! He is risen from the dead! You can find God through Jesus right now as you read this text.
“But to all who received him (Jesus), who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1: 12)
Receiving Jesus is the best thing that can happen during this lifetime. Your fellowship with Jesus begins in this life and it will continue into eternity.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him may not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3: 16)
If you want to know more about Jesus and what it means to follow Him, you are welcome to Helsinki Vineyard or Alpha meetings which explore the basics of Christian faith.