Know Jesus Christ
Who is Jesus?
The biblical record of his life shows that Jesus was born to a virgin, lived a sinless life, taught throughout Palestine for about three years, was crucified, and then rose back to life three days after his death. The Bible tells us that more than 500 people saw him alive after this miraculous event. How could a mere man have lived such a life? The miracles Jesus performed, his death on the cross, his resurrection, and his ascent to heaven all point to the fact that he was no ordinary leader.
Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, prophets predicted his coming. The Old Testament contains more than 300 such prophecies. All of these details came true, including his miraculous birth, his sinless life, his many miracles, his death, and his resurrection.
Jesus Himself claimed to be God, and others recognized Him as Deity. He said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Jesus also claimed that He was the only way to God: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6)
The question is, "Can we accept as true what Jesus [God the Son] claimed?" The most conclusive evidence establishing the deity of Christ is the resurrection. The apostle Paul wrote that Jesus “was declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4). The primary reason that Jesus is the only way to God is that He forgives sin and offers eternal life (John 10:28).
Who Is Jesus to You?
This is the most important question you will ever answer. Your life on this earth, and for all of eternity, is affected by your answer to this question.
The Bible explains how you can know Jesus Christ personally and receive His provisions to love Him supremely in this life and live with Him forever in the next.
Your Purpose: A personal relationship with God
The God who created you desires to be in a personal relationship with you because you are created in His image, and He loves you supremely. Your purpose in life is to follow Jesus Christ and bring Him glory and pleasure. Through this relationship, God will impart abundant life filled with satisfaction and meaning as well as eternal life in heaven.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
Your Problem: Separated from God by sin
God is holy, meaning He is absolutely separate from evil and unable to tolerate sin. We have all sinned. Everyone has broken God’s righteous laws, not only through our actions, but also through our thoughts, resulting in eternal punishment, which the Bible calls hell. Your good works and religious rituals can neither generate nor merit eternal life.
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)
Your Provision: Jesus’ death upon the cross
Motivated by love, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ who is the one true God to receive the full punishment of your sins by dying upon a cross. Jesus Christ died in your place, receiving the wrath of God for your sins. He rose from the grave on the third day, and now you may be forgiven of your sins and have eternal life.
"But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God." (1 Peter 3:18)
What Must I Do to Be Saved?
To receive eternal life, you must believe in Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus as the Lord of your life involves:
- Believing Jesus is the Son of God who died for you and rose from the grave
- Confessing your sin by asking Jesus to forgive you
- Being willing to turn and repent from sinful lifestyles
- Choosing to live your life for Jesus by following Him as your greatest priority
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (I John 5:12-13)
Your Decision: Ready for a relationship with God
If you would like to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, sincerely pray:
"Dear Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe that You died for my sins, and rose on the third day. Please forgive me of my sins. I turn from my sinful life and choose to follow You as a disciple. Jesus, come into my heart and fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Welcome to the family of God! If this prayer reflects your heart’s desire, you have been spiritually born again, forgiven of your sins, indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit, and will spend eternity in heaven! “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)
This is only the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. Here are a few steps to help you grow in your relationship with Christ:
- Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better. He will speak to you through His Word. Begin reading the Gospel of John.
- Talk to God regularly through prayer, sharing your joys, anxieties, and requests.
- Live in a way that demonstrates God’s love in your life. Glorify Jesus Christ daily and love Him supremely.
- Become involved with a Christ-centered church for worship, fellowship, and service. Contact us so we may pray with you and share resources with you. Our phone number is (626) 363-0300.