You may be asking: Who is Jesus? What does Jesus really have to do with all this talk about God?
The New Testament talks exclusively about Jesus. Jesus is God’s son who came to the earth as a person and never sinned. Ever. The Scriptures tell us he was able to accomplish this because Jesus was fully divine as well as fully human.
Jesus was killed by crucifixion on a wooden cross when he was in his early thirties. He allowed himself to be killed because he knew that his death would take the punishment that all mankind deserved for their sin, as justice would require. He did that for you and me. We read that as we make Jesus our Lord, his death on the cross gives us perfect forgiveness of sin and makes us perfectly right, or truly righteous.
I learned this truth when I was in my early twenties. This changed me forever. I mean it really changed me, and made me like a new person. I went from being confused, depressed, and full of shame to being made righteous, confident and joyful. This has not left me since, because it is the real deal.
Trusting in Jesus also makes you a child of God. No matter what you have done, after you repent of your past mistakes and are truly sorry, God grants us complete forgiveness. We become His child, as we were before we ever sinned. It’s because of Jesus that we can have this new relationship with the Father. As we move on, God grants us the strength to live for Him.
The account of Jesus dying on the cross is not the end of what happened. As you may already know, He came back to life! He was resurrected by the God the Father. It is laid out in the Scriptures that Jesus then traveled with his disciples for another 40 days before returning to heaven. After that, on the day of “Pentecost,” God sent the Holy Spirit to the earth so that we wouldn’t be alone. It’s wild and wonderful isn’t it?
In the remainder of the New Testament, we learn more about God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus’ teachings from the Apostles and Disciples writings. These writings are meant to help us live a Spirit-filled, good and joyful life that pleases God. We also learn about the early Christian church and their faith. This faith has changed the world like nothing else.
Thoughts or questions? Please share. I truly pray you will grow in your relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and you will experience this new life as I have.