Who is Jesus Christ?
I will first introduce you to Christ because this is the most important figure in the bible. He is the re-deemer of mankind, the one who came to earth with a message of unconditional love.
Before I talk about this message. I would like to tell you that what makes following Christ different from following other philosophies, is that his teachings go beyond wonderful insights. They are spiritual and perfect.
Why do I say spiritual and perfect?
A high percentage of the bible is made out of prophesies. So, without the fulfillment of such prophesies what would be so special in Christianity? The answer is nothing! Firstly, I will give you a few bible passages predicting the birth of Christ and what it would mean to mankind. Secondly, I will briefly tell you about how Christ fulfilled such prophesies, what his message was and the purpose of his coming.
Isaiah 7:14 — Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 — For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Micah 5:2 — But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old,from ancient days.
Zechariah 9:9: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Psalm 22:16:For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
Isaiah 50:6:I gave my back to those who strike,and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.
Isaiah 53: 3-7 — 3 kHe was despised and rejected2 by men; a man of sorrows,3 and acquainted with4 grief;5 and as one from whom men hide their faces6 he was despised, and lwe esteemed him not.4 mSurely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;yet we esteemed him stricken, nsmitten by God, and afflicted. 5 oBut he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,p and with his wounds we are healed.6 qAll we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; rand the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,syet he opened not his mouth; tlike a ulamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
Zechariah 12:10 — And zI will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and zpleas for mercy, so that, awhen they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, bthey shall mourn for him, cas one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
Hosea 6:2: After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
Ok, now we go to Jesus Christ. Did he fulfill all of these prophesies? The answer is YES! How do we know? The new testament was written centuries after the old testament, and as you are going to find out bellow, every single prophesy was fulfilled and confirmed in Jesus Christ.
1) From which bloodline the messiah was supposed to come?? The bloodline of David as predicted by zechariah 12:10 described above and also he was going to be born in Bethlahen as stated in the book of Micah 5:2. How do we know that? In the New testament written after the death of Christ in the book of Luke it says the following :
( Luke 2:4-12) 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
2) The conception of Jesus was supposed to be immaculate, in other words: sex would have nothing to do with the conception, as said in Isaiah 7:14 –
In the book of Matthew 1: 18-25 (written after the coming of Christ) this conception is explained:
8This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23”The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”– which means, “God with us.” 24When Joseph awoke, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
3) In Zachariah 9:9 it is said that Jesus would enter Jerusalem like king mounted in a donkey. When Jesus ministry was in its highest point and he had thousands of followers, he entered the Holly city ( Jerusalem) mounted in a donkey and was received like a rock star. Below is the description of this entrance in the new testament in
Matthew 21: 1-11 — 21 When Jesus and his disciples came near Jerusalem, he went to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives and sent two of them on ahead. 2 He told them, “Go into the next village, where you will at once find a donkey and her colt. Untie the two donkeys and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks why you are doing that, just say, ‘The Lord[a] needs them.’ Right away he will let you have the donkeys.”4 So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet had said,5 “Announce to the people of Jerusalem: ‘Your king is coming to you! He is humble and rides on a donkey. He comes on the colt of a donkey.’”6 The disciples left and did what Jesus had told them to do. 7 They brought the donkey and its colt and laid some clothes on their backs. Then Jesus got on.8 Many people spread clothes in the road, while others put down branches[b] which they had cut from trees. 9 Some people walked ahead of Jesus and others followed behind. They were all shouting,“Hooray[c] for the Son of David![d] God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hooray for God in heaven above!”10 When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, “Who can this be?”11 The crowd answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
4) Jesus was supposed to be pierced (killed for our sins). To be rejected, hated for his message of peace, humbleness, forgiveness and salvation and most importantly for challenging the strict laws of the Jewish community by proclaiming to be a Messiah, as you read in Isaiah 53: 3-7.
Before Jesus was killed he had become a rock star, because if you read the bible you realise that thousands of people from nearby Jerusalem and surrounding cities would come to him to be cured from diseases and to listen to what he had to say ( Mark 6:30-44). You can also establish that many followed from him without questioning, such as the 12 apostles who just had to be called by Jesus and promptly left their lives to be with Jesus
Mark 1:16-20 — 16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18At once they left their nets and followed him.19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
So now that we have stablished that Jesus did have something special to say the least, we can now go and explore in the next pages the betrayal by Judas Iscariot ( his disciple), his death, resurrection, and meaning of the resurrection for you and I. From there, we can explore his miracles and teachings on how conduct our life in a better manner. A manner that pleases GOD and consequently brings abundant inner peace for those who follow it.
BUT WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? The bible explain to us as follows…
Matthew 1:23– 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
John 8:58 – Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 14:6-7 – Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, the truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Philippians 2:5-7 – Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Isaiah 43:10,11 – “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.”
Matthew 16:13-20 –Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a]and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
John 3:16 —