Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? What is the gospel? What does it mean to become a Christian? Do I really need any of this?

Maybe you’ve asked questions like these. Or maybe you’re not even sure what to ask – you just know something is missing.

Jesus is God the Son, sent to save us from our rebellion against God, from his righteous judgment against us, and from the terrible brokenness of this world.

But maybe you don’t feel like a rebel – maybe you’ve lived a fairly decent life, and you just wonder why things seem empty and disappointing. Or maybe, tragically, you’ve suffered at the hands of others. What does Jesus have to offer you?

The truth is that everything wrong in this world can be traced to one source: mankind’s rejection of God. God, in his perfect goodness and love, made us to know him, to enjoy him, and to reflect his nature. But we, every single one of us, rebel against him. And because God is also just, he does not overlook our sin. Everything bad in this world is the result of our rebellion and of God’s just judgment against it.

That doesn’t mean that everything we suffer is our own fault, and it certainly doesn’t mean that God is indifferent to suffering. But it does mean that all the evils in this world, including the wrongs we commit and the wrongs committed against us, share the same ultimate origin and require the same ultimate solution.

That ultimate solution is Jesus. He is God the Son, fully and truly God. He also took on a full, true human nature, lived a real human life in perfect obedience to God, and died a real death, unjustly condemned and executed on a cross outside of Jerusalem.

But Jesus did not simply die as a victim or a martyr. On the cross, He was intentionally accomplishing the salvation that God lovingly planned from before creation. God the Father himself placed upon his Son the guilt for all the sin of those who would come to believe in him, and Jesus received the full and righteous punishment that our sin deserves. On the cross, Jesus died in our place.

Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead. He appeared to many people, fully and truly alive. He then ascended into heaven, and some of those same people watched it happen. He is now in heaven with the Father and will one day return as judge and king – once and for all to rid the world of sin and evil and to establish a new heavens and new earth, where his people will reign with him forever.

So what does that mean for you?

Simply this: You need Jesus.

Jesus is the one whom God the Father has appointed to reign over all things and to rescue all those who believe in him – from our own sin first and foremost, and also from all the sin and suffering of this world.

And the promise of God is this – all who turn away from sin and turn to Jesus, trusting him as Son of God, Savior and Lord, are forgiven, loved, welcomed, and guaranteed life with him in the new heavens and new earth, free from all sin and all suffering forever!

This is the gospel – the good news of who Jesus is and what he has done, according to the plan and will of God the Father, to save us.

Grace Community Church is made of former rebels against God, who have experienced this same gracious salvation. We want to tell you about Jesus – about what he has done for us, and about what he can do for you.

Please join us!

And if you have more questions, please feel free to contact us.