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Colossians 1:19 | John 1:1-3
Jesus is the promised Messiah (also called Saviour and Christ) of the Jewish people, the one prophets knew would come centuries before his arrival. He broke through the barrier between God and people when he came to earth in the form of a man. The invisible God took visible shape in Jesus, so that we could know God. Colossians 1:15
His mother was a virgin when she gave birth to him, showing that this child was not made by man, but God. Luke 1:35 He lived a perfect life and taught us how to do the same. 1 John 3:5
For three years, Jesus travelled among the Jewish people, showing them the way to God and how they could share it with the world.
He healed the sick, raised the dead, evicted demons and did great miracles. He stood up for the underdogs, the disadvantaged and the abused. He demonstrated what the kingdom of God looks like: people will not be oppressed by sickness, death, evil or poverty, but instead God will give all good things to all of his people.
He announced the good news that God’s kingdom has arrived – that people could turn away from their sins and live under a new king. Mark 1:15 Instead of being ruled by sin and its effects, they could be ruled by God, who gives freedom and eternal, abundant life.
And then came the twist his followers didn’t see coming: Jesus surrendered his own life to make it possible for people to follow the new king. He was willingly crucified on a Roman cross, dying a slow and brutal death. John 19:17-19 It was the punishment of rebels and outlaws, the punishment we should have had but he took instead. In one perfect, infinite sacrifice of the perfect, infinite God as a human, Jesus paid for all of our sins so that we don’t have to. Romans 3:23-25 | 1 Peter 1:18-20
But even more shocking was Jesus’ return to life three days later. Matthew 28:5-6 In defeating death, Jesus showed that he is the new king – that he is God. Romans 1:4 Even though our bodies will pass away like this world, his resurrection shows us that he will give us new bodies and new life in his renewed creation.
1 Corinthians 15:20-23
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to over 500 people. 1 Corinthians 15:5-8 People talked with him, touched him, and ate with him. Luke 24:41-43 He had the same body that people knew, still carrying the wounds of crucifixion. Luke 24:39 But he was also different. He could miraculously appear in locked rooms, and ascended to heaven in front of his followers. John 20:19-20 | Acts 1:9
He now lives in heaven, apart from us for now so that the Holy Spirit can work in us. John 16:5-11 | John 14:15-18 But he will return and reign as king not just in our spiritual lives but in the physical world that will be restored. Acts 1:11 | 1 Timothy 6:15 | Ephesians 1:19-23 | 1 Timothy 6:15
Before he left, he told his followers to share what he had taught and showed them with the world, through the power of the Holy Spirit who would come to them soon after. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 And that was the beginning of Christianity, a following of Jesus that has spanned more than 2000 years. It’s the reason you’re reading this right now. Jesus wants you to be a part of this good news.