Who does the Bible say Jesus is?
OT ref.to God (YHWH): NT ref.to Jesus: Both are called:
Exodus 3:14 John 8:58 YHWH (God)
Isaiah 44:6 Revelation 1:17 The 1st & the last
Isaiah 42:8 John 17:5 God’s glory
Isaiah 62:5 Matt 25:1 Bridegroom
Psalm 23:1 John 10:11 Shepard
Psalm 27:1 John 8:12 Light
Joel 2:12 Matt 25:31 Ultimate judge
Isaiah 10:21 Isaiah 9:6 Mighty God
Psalm 45:6 Hebrews 1:8 Father calls the Son, God
Exodus 20:1-5 Matt 8:2 & 14:33 Receives worship
Isaiah 45:23 Philippians 2:10,11 Every knee will bow
The Virgin Birth of Jesus:
Jesus is fully God & fully man (not half & half), hence the titles….Son of God & Son of Man.
Isaiah 7:14 predicted & Matt 1:18-23 confirmed that this “redeemer” would be born from a woman who was a virgin.
God wanted Jesus to be fully human so He could relate to our struggles, but fully divine so He could show us what God is really like. This fusing of God with mankind is called the Incarnation. “Carne’ means in the flesh….like chili con carne means chili with meat, hence Incarnation refers to the Divine taking on flesh.
The Crucifixion & Resurrection of Jesus:
While His entrance into this world defied the normal way of birth….His resurrection from the dead defied the normal way of death.
Jesus was the 2nd Adam, from which God made a new & perfect start….1Cor 15:20-22 & 45-49. Remember the sin debt that we have?..Romans 5:6-8 ..John 3:16..1John 5:11-13..Romans 8:1,10,11 Since we are imperfect, we cannot pay for our own imperfections (or sins), but Jesus leading a perfect life can.
He has paid our sin debt. If we believe this, we can be in relationship with God again, just like Adam & Eve were before the Fall. How did Jesus pay our sin debt?
The Bible says that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins….Hebrews 9:22. That is why Jesus had to die. Read the crucifixion account in John 19:17-42. But for God to show that He had power over death, He resurrected Jesus from the dead. Read the resurrection account in John 20:1-31.
Without the physical resurrection of Jesus, our faith would be worthless….
1Cor 15:3,4, 12-20, 42-50…2Cor 5:17-21…Galatians2:20….John3:16.
Its not just enough for us to acknowledge this.
We must each personally receive Jesus into our heart, John 1:12