Who is Jesus

Jesus is referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus Christ or simply Christ (i.e. Messiah), and is the central figure of Christianity, whom most Christian denominations worship as God the Son incarnated.

Jesus (Latin: Iesus; Hebrew: ישוע)

Born 7-2 BC, Died 30–36 AD

Historian Views of Jesus

The large majority of modern historians agree that Jesus existed and was a Jewish teacher from Galilee in Roman Judaea, who was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate.

Scholars have offered competing descriptions and portraits of Jesus, which at times share a number of overlapping attributes, such as a rabbi, a charismatic healer, the leader of an apocalyptic movement, a self-described Messiah, a sage and philosopher, or a social reformer who preached of the "Kingdom of God" as a means for personal and social transformation. Scholars have correlated the New Testament accounts with non-Christian historical records to arrive at an estimated chronology of Jesus' life.

Christian Views of Jesus

Christians believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, performed miracles, founded the Church, died sacrificially by crucifixion to achieve atonement, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, from which he will return.

The majority of Christians worship Jesus as the incarnation of God the Son, and the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Most Christian scholars today present Jesus as the awaited Messiah promised in the Old Testament and as God, arguing that he fulfilled many Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.

Christian views of Jesus are derived from various sources, but especially from the canonical Gospels, and New Testament letters, such as the Letters of Paul and Johannine writings. Christians hold that these works are historically true. These documents outline the key beliefs held by Christians about Jesus, including his divinity, humanity, and earthly life. Adhering to the Christian faith requires a belief that Jesus is the Son of God and the Christ. In the New Testament Jesus indicates that he is the Son of God by calling God his father.

Christians consider Jesus the Christ and believe that through his death and resurrection, humans can be reconciled to God and thereby are offered salvation and the promise of eternal life. Christians believe that Jesus was both human and the Son of God. Christians generally believe that Jesus is God incarnate, God the Son, and True God and True man (or fully divine and fully human).

Christians They believe that Jesus having become fully human, suffered the pains and temptations of a mortal man, yet he did not sin, but defeated death and rose to life after his crucifixion. According to the Bible, God raised him from the dead. He ascended to heaven, to sit at the "Right Hand of God," and he will return to earth again for the Last Judgment and the establishment of the Kingdom of God in the World to Come.

Biblical View of Jesus

  • John 1:1,"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

  • John 1:14,"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."

  • John 5:18,"For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God."

  • John 8:24,"I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins."

  • John 8:58, "Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.'"

  • John 10:30,"I and the Father are one."

  • John 20:28,"Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"

  • Col. 2:9,"For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form."

  • Phil. 2:11,”and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."

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