Who is Jesus? This is one of the fundamental questions that defines genuine Christianity and distinguishes it from the fakes. Acceptance of what Scripture says about Jesus (and living according to it) defines who is (and who isn't) a Christian.
Just about anyone can believe that Jesus was a "good teacher" or a "prophet." But Scripture teaches us that Jesus was much more than just a teacher or prophet - and this is part of the reason that the message of Christ offends most people.
Because of his physical death and physical resurrection, Jesus is now qualified (and destined) to judge both the living and the dead. The day is coming when, as promised, he will physically return to rule over the earth. He will destroy all sin and pretension, and will rule with righteousness and justice.
What does Jesus look like, today? His appearance is more terrifying and awesome than words can describe. (The apostle John made an attempt to describe him in Revelation 1:12-16.) We will one day see him, and it will surpass either the greatest joy or the worst horror we have ever experienced - depending on how we respond to him now.
A look at the names given to him around the time of his birth.
Most people today consider Jesus' genealogical records (recorded in Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38) to be rather boring trivia. But they serve a very important purpose.
This is a study of verses that give specific reasons for Jesus coming to earth. Each of them has a phrase similar to "I came to [do something]," "He appeared so that... ," etc. You might find interesting the reason this study was created. (A link is provided at the top right corner of the article.)
Divide "1" by this number, and you get the probability that any one random human could "just happen" to fulfill just eight of the hundreds of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled in his lifetime. It just can't happen by chance. Instead, it was by God's design.
One day, I was teaching a class, in which a visitor insisted that the main thing we needed to know was that Jesus was our "brother." (He didn't seem to think that anything else mattered.) Though his specific emphasis was false, there is some truth to the concept. So the following week, I decided to use what happened as an opportunity to teach the others how to deal with such "half-truths."
The Relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
The Issue of Jesus becoming a Human
This research paper examines the history and the issues involved in the Arian controversy, over the question of who Jesus is. Included are the main article (with a greater focus on the history), as well as an overview (with a greater focus on specific issues and details). [This is s group of two articles, with some links to additional articles.]
This is a quote taken from a creed that has been attributed to Athanasius, one of the primary opponents to Arius (a false teacher in the early church). There is some uncertainty as to whether or not Athanasius himself actually wrote it, but it probably expresses Athanasius' view (and the view of other Christians at that time) regarding the nature of the Trinity and of Jesus Christ.
Here are some additional articles that look at the "trinity" issue, with a primary focus on the relationship between "Jesus" and "God."
(Part of a large study on the relationship between God, Jesus Christ and people.) This specific section focuses on: 1) the relationship between God and Jesus Christ (who is described as the "image of God"), and 2) the changes that occurred when Jesus entered the world as a human. Also included are sections that show the relationship between Jesus (with the New Covenant) and Moses (with the Old Covenant).
Various events in Jesus' Life on Earth
This is a "harmony" of the four gospel accounts about Peter's denial of Jesus. An attempt is made to arrange the various details in chronological order, with the four accounts placed side-by-side.
This is a look at the seven sayings of Jesus, given in chronological order. Comments are given, which explain some of the significance of what he said.
The numerous accounts of these events are not word-for-word copies of each other; and enemies of God's Word will be quick to point this out... and to claim that there are "errors" and "contradictions" between them. This detailed chronological outline shows how the accounts may be quite different in emphasis (and in specific details), and yet fit together to form a consistent "whole." It illustrates that, when we accept what is written as is, with each passage defined by its own context, the arguments given by the Bible's enemies are empty and meaningless, at best. [This same principle applies to any instance in which two Bible accounts describe the same event. This specific group of events was chosen to illustrate this, because of certain opponents who claimed that it was utterly impossible to "reconcile" the various accounts.] This study looks at every verse in each account of these events, so it is rather extensive. (A GROUP of articles)
The Bible says this about Jesus...
- Although he was in very nature God,
- he did not cling to his right to be treated as equal with God.
- Instead, he made himself nothing.
- He chose to take on the very nature of a slave,
- and was born as a human being.
- Considered by others to be merely human,
- he lowered himself even further by being obedient
- to the point of death, death on a cross!
- Because of this, God has exalted him to the highest place
- and given him the name of honor that is greater than any other name,
- so that at the name of Jesus, everyone will kneel,
- everyone in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth.
- And everyone will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
- to the glorious praise of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)