Who Is Jesus? Why did He come? Why did He die?
Jesus is more than just a historical figure. He is a real person, and He is still alive today. And He wants to change your life!
Jesus is an amazing person…do you know Him? The Bible is clear about Who Jesus is and what He came to do. He is God, and He came to earth to die, because He loves you. We hope you’ll take a few moments now and find out more about Who Jesus really is. And we believe that the more you understand Who Jesus is and why He came, the more you will truly understand who YOU are, and why you need Jesus so desperately.
Jesus came because we all are sinners.
Christ died for our sins…
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.Ecclesiastes 7:20
God, who is absolutely holy, cannot tolerate sin. God’s standard is perfection. Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). God is perfect, and He, therefore, demands perfection.
Yet we all know that we are not perfect. Only Jesus is perfect. The Ten Commandments alone reveal how grossly imperfect we are (e.g. taking God’s name in vain, dishonoring parents, adultery, stealing, lying, coveting). This is why the Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all fall short of God’s standard of perfection. Therefore, sin disqualifies us from getting to heaven by our own ability. Jesus had to come because we have no hope of achieving perfection, and thus, no hope of eternal salvation.
Jesus came to rescue us from hell.
Christ died for our sins…
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:23
God, who is perfectly just, must judge sin. God is one Judge who always administers perfect justice. The Bible says, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25). So, can God overlook your sin? Would that be fair? No, justice demands that sin be judged. This is why the Bible says, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). Jesus, who cannot lie, described hell as “everlasting fire” (Matthew 18;8), “a furnace of fire” (Matthew 13:50), and “everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46). That is why Jesus had to come and die…because we deserve to die. We justly deserve eternity in hell; He does not.
Jesus came to die in your place.
Christ died for our sins…
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.2 Corinthians 5:21
God, who is perfect love, did something that did not violate his holiness and justice, and yet satisfied it. The Bible says, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). What amazing love! The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the “Son of God” (Matthew 14:33), and yet being born miraculously of a virgin into the human race, He is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23), who came “to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15). As we saw earlier, “Christ died for our sins,” and “He rose again.” This is the greatness of Jesus and His coming.
Jesus Christ, as God, paid the penalty we deserve to pay. The Bible says, “Who His ownself bare our sins in His own body on the tree [cross]“ (I Peter 2:24). His payment is in full. The Bible says, “When He had by Himself purged our sins” (Hebrews 1:3). It is not Jesus-plus-my-efforts. Remember, what is God’s standard? Perfection. If salvation is based on what you do, can you meet the standard? No. Thankfully, Jesus paid it all! Also, Jesus’ perfect righteousness can be credited to your account so that God’s standard of perfection is met. The Bible says, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
Jesus came to offer you a free gift.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Ephesians 2:8
Jesus came and died for you, and He is offering you a free gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life today. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Notice it does not say believe about the Lord Jesus. It says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus.” This is the difference between acknowledging Jesus as the Saviour and depending on Jesus as your Savior. This is also the difference between hell and heaven. Jesus said, “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47). It is not depending on Jesus plus yourself, good works, or baptism. It is a simple choice to depend only on Jesus to save you from sin and hell. Like a child trusting his father by jumping into his arms, jump into the open arms of Jesus, and trust Him to save you. He will give you His very own eternal life. That is why He came!
If you have further questions about having a personal relationship with Jesus, of if you just made the decision to trust Jesus and would like someone to help you learn more about living for Jesus, click this button to contact us. We would love to get in touch with you!