Why is Jesus So Important
Our Lord and Savior
The Importance of Jesus to Salvation
The saving work of Christ at the Cross of Calvary is the central pillar of God's redemptive plan. God first showed us the need for salvation, and then He showed us the way to salvation through His son Jesus Christ. We see throughout the Old Testament, stories that speak of Gods deliverance and salvation. As we read we see the plots play out again and again the story of man's ongoing struggle with his sin and the sin of others. This culminates in the New Testament with God's grace and His gift of salvation through Jesus and His death at the cross, to pay for the sins of all humankind. Through the death of Jesus and His resurrection we see the triumph of salvation and the offer of eternal life through accepting the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.
Acknowledge that Jesus Christ Died on the Cross for You
Jesus Christ died on the cross for you, He did not die to save Himself, He did not die to become a martyr... Jesus died for you, to pay the price for your sins, to reconcile you you with God the Father! The Bible tells us, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 MKJV). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place and pay the price we could not afford to pay.
Who Do You Say That He Is?
Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus asked this question, "But who do you say that I am?" then Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God." (Luke 9:20). Now today, who do you say Jesus is? Your answer to that question can determine where you spend eternity. Your destiny is eternal, thats for sure, what is not set yet is where you will spend your eternity! Who do you say He is?
Jesus, God In the Flesh the 2nd Person of the Trinity
The Apostle John declares Jesus preexistence in John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Jesus says He is "the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 1:8). Jesus reigns eternally (Hebrews 1:8), and He exists before all things (Colossians 1:17). What this means is that Jesus did not become God, He always has been God (John 5:18), and is the second Person of the Trinity. Referring to His deity, Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58). The preexistence of Jesus Christ and the deity of Jesus Christ are inseparable. You cannot accept one and deny the other.
The word incarnation means "in flesh." It denotes the act in which the Son of God took to Himself the nature of humanity through the Virgin Birth (Matthew 1:23). John writes, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). For Jesus to represent sinful humanity, He had to become a man. His Virgin Birth, which was essential for Him to be sinless, was prophesied long before it occurred (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18, 23; Luke 1:34-35; and Galatians 4:4). Jesus experienced everything in life that we do: pain, suffering, thirst, hunger, sorrow, anger, and so on. However, Jesus was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus' Death, Paying the Price for Humanities Sins Once and For All
The penalty for our sins is death (Romans 6:23). Jesus died in our place and paid our penalty (Matthew 20:28; John 10:17-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18). Jesus' death on the cross laid the foundation for a righteous God to pardon guilty and sinful people without compromising His righteousness in any way. Jesus resurrection assures us of our future resurrection. Because of His victory over death, we have victory as well. Without the resurrection, there would be no Gospel Message. His resurrection has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt (Matthew 28:5-8; Luke 24:39; John 20:27-28). The empty tomb, the shape of His linen wrappings, and His appearances to many after His crucifixion were just a few of the credible evidences of His resurrection.
Jesus' Ascension, Exaltation and Return
After His resurrection, Jesus visibly departed from His disciples into heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9). His ascension and exaltation were necessary to complete the redemptive work of God. His work was not complete when He rose from the dead (Mark 16:19; Philippians 2:9; Ephesians 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:3). Jesus Christ will return to this earth and receive His church, the body of Christ, to Himself during the Rapture. (John 14:1-4; Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7).
Bible Verse Regarding Sin and Salvation through Jesus
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
"But who do you say that I am?" then Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God."
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working." Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Romans 4:24 - 5:2
It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, 15:6
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures... After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom..."
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."