Christianity is all about Jesus, not trying to be a better person.

Jesus is the most well-known person from the whole of history, and is worth giving time to understand. 

At Christ Church we’re keen for people to see what the Bible says about Jesus, not just what we say, Here's what the Bible tells us about Jesus.

Jesus Makes God Known

We all look at the world around us and try to guess what God is like. Some of us guess that there is no God at all, some of us guess that God is distant and has left us to our own devices, some of us guess something else entirely.

Unless God shows us who he is and what he is like, all we can ever do is guess.

The Bible tells us that that is exactly what God has done! God came to earth in real history as the man Jesus. He lived, worked and spent time with real people in real history showing them, and us, what God is like.

(Look further: John 1:1-15)

Jesus is Loving

Jesus’ whole life was characterised by a genuine love for everyone that he met. Jesus famously called little children back to play near him after his followers tried to send them away, thinking that Jesus was too important to be disturbed by children playing. He also looked after the sick, the marginalised and the outcasts of society, and welcomed everyone who came to him regardless of age, race, gender or class.

(Look further: Luke 19:1-8, John 4:4-28)

Jesus is Powerful

Jesus wasn’t just an ordinary man. He was the most loving man that has ever lived. He was the wisest man that ever lived. But he also performed all sorts of miraculous signs to show that he was not just a man, but was in fact God in human form.

In Mark 4 we hear the story of Jesus calming a storm. Not the kind of thing that a normal person can do, and very similar to the story of Jonah, where it is God who calms the storm.

In Mark 2 a paralysed man has his sins forgiven by Jesus and is then healed. The Jews in the room with Jesus know that he was claiming to be God by his actions.

Jesus performed many miracles throughout his life, including healing people, providing food for thousands of people, even raising dead people back to life, all to show that we cannot listen to his teaching thinking that he was just a man, but that we have to recognise that he was God in human form.

(Look further: Mark 3:1-6, Mark 5:21-42, Mark 6:30-56)

Jesus came to Rescue

We have all lived in God’s world, but have not honoured him perfectly in all that we do. The Bible calls this sin, and says that every person is guilty of it. Therefore, none of us deserve God’s love and care, instead we deserve God’s judgement for our rebellion against him.

We can’t rescue ourselves from this judgement, but God has provided a way to rescue us. That is why Jesus came.

Even before Jesus came, God had promised that he would rescue us from the punishment that we deserve for our sin. Here is how one prophet, Isaiah, writing thousands of years before Jesus came, put it:

‘We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; 
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.’

Jesus didn’t come just as an example to us of how we should live, although he is the only person to live a perfect life, so we would do well to try to be like him. He came to take the just punishment for our sin against God that we deserve, and take it upon himself to pay it.

That is why Jesus died on a cross. He didn’t deserve to die, he was completely innocent of all wrongdoing. He didn’t die against his wishes, as if he were unable to do anything about it. He chose to die, as a sacrifice in the place of all people who wish to put their trust in him.

And three days later, Jesus rose to life again, showing that he had fully paid the price for all our sin and that he is more powerful than death, so we can trust him with our own deaths, and have confidence that he will raise us to new lives with him!

(Look further: John 1:1-15)

Jesus will Judge

One day Jesus will come back, and will judge all people for how they have lived. God’s standard is perfection, and not one of us can say that we have lived a perfect life.

If we rely on our own abilities when Jesus judges, every one of us is guilty of sin, and so will face God’s judgement, where we will be cast away from every good thing in the world.

But if we put our trust in Jesus, he has already completely paid the penalty for our sin, and so we will not be condemned. When Jesus judges he will re-create the world into a perfect place where he will rule as King forever. If we have put our trust in Jesus to rescue us, we can live in this perfect world with Jesus forever.

(Look further: Romans 2:1-16)