Who is Jesus?

If you’ve heard about Jesus, maybe you’ve wondered about his identity. Perhaps you’ve heard that he was a great teacher or prophet, that he is a legend, or maybe that he claimed to be God.

Jesus claimed to be God. Therefore, if he was only a good teacher or prophet, then he lied about his identity, which would mean that he was a fraud, a liar or a madman, and therefore, he shouldn’t be called good, right?

Some might say, “Well, then he must be a legend, a story that was made up.”

This also cannot be true because it takes time for legends to develop and many of the people who witnessed Jesus’ life first hand would not have had the time to develop fictional stories about him.

According to the Bible, Jesus is God. In fact, he accepted worship (John 9:35-38; 20:28-29), claimed he had the authority to forgive sin—and he healed people of diseases to prove it (Mark 2:1-12). He also said that the Old Testament in the Bible was written about him and that He is the one who gives eternal life to people (John 5:39-40; Luke 24:27, Luke 24:44).

You might be asking, since Jesus is God, what does this mean for me?

Are you emotionally or spiritually hungry or thirsty? Jesus said that he is the bread of life and “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35)

Do you need direction in your life? Or have you felt that you are walking in emotional and spiritual darkness? Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12).

Do you long to go to heaven? Jesus said that he is the way to get there when he said, “I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved...” (John 10:9,11). Jesus said that He came as the Messiah, or Christ, “to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

This means that Jesus came to save you from your sin. He predicted that He would suffer and die and sacrifice his life for mankind, and that God would raise him from the dead after three days (Matthew 16:21) so that you could go to heaven.