Who is Jesus: People have debated Jesus Christ’s existence or non-existence for a number of years. Was he really born of a virgin birth? Was he just a prophet or teacher? Was he God? And did he die and resurrect himself from the dead? These questions have caused many people to divide into multiple religions and faiths, because some believe and some don’t. God created us to have free will and to decide for ourselves what the truth is and who we will follow. But God has also given us many examples and tests, to help us determine that Jesus was and is real. Let’s first look at how Jesus came into this world approximately two-thousand years ago.
Matthew 1:20-21 says, “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” This scripture clearly tells us that Jesus was born of a virgin birth into this world, to save us from our sins and eternal death.
Was Jesus a prophet, teacher or God himself? Many religions teach that Jesus was a prophet, teacher or holy man. Because Jesus had the ability to perform miracles, by healing the sick, making blind people see, and raising Lazarus from the dead, he was considered a prophet. Because he spoke to a multitude of people about loving God, loving one another and teaching them the right way to live, he was considered a teacher. Jesus did those things, but he also told them he was God, by saying, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Many Jews wanted to kill Jesus, because claiming to be God, was the greatest blasphemy one could claim. But Jesus still tried to convince them by the miracles he was able to perform as proof. John 10:37-38 says, “Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does.
But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” Even in John 8:56-58 Jesus told the Jews that Abraham, which was a great prophet, rejoiced at the thought of seeing the day that Jesus was revealed. The Jews couldn’t believe that Jesus had seen Abraham, who existed before Jesus was born. But Jesus continued by saying, “Before Abraham was born, I am!” John 1:1 also says, “the Word was God.” And John 1:14 says, “the Word became flesh.” So if we look at these scriptures, you can clearly see that Jesus was God manifested in the flesh.
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