Prophet? Teacher? Who is this Jesus?
He is more than a prophet. He is more than a good teacher. Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah who was to come.
But what did he come to do?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
What is the good news he proclaimed? Why did we even need good news?
The Bad News
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (ESV)
Before we get to the good news, we need to understand the bad news.
We’ve all sinned. To sin means that we’ve missed the mark. God sets the mark; as our Creator, he gets to set the terms for his creation.
But is it a big deal that we’ve sinned against God? Yes!
For the wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23a (ESV)
Sinning against a holy God demands justice, and justice demands punishment. Sin demands death. Even the smallest sin is still sin and demands God’s punishment.
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all it. James 2:10 (ESV)
But there is supposed to be good news; so, what is it?
The Good News
The good news is that Jesus Christ not only lived a perfect life, but in his sacrificial death, he took the place of sinners. He became our propitiation (which means that he took the wrath of God for his people’s sins).
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.Colossians 2:13-14 (ESV)
By the death of Christ on the cross, forgiveness of sins is possible. But how do you obtain this forgiveness?
What about you?
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)
When you trust in Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are forgiven of your sins, made alive in Christ, and obtain eternal life.
In the meantime, a good place to start is by reading the bible (like in the book of John).