Who is Jesus?
What is Faith? Who is Jesus?
Jesus was one of the most influential people in human history. He is also one of the most controversal. Was Jesus just a Jewish rebel standing up against Roman tyranny? Was he a simple rabbi among many spiritual teachers in Jerusalem. Was he God? Was he man? Here is what philosopher C. S. Lewis said,
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice."
The Problem of Sin
What is sin? Simply put, sin is falling short of God's law. We understand this, because at times we have fallen short of our own expectations. The different is, God is Holy, he is righteous and his law is perfect. This is what we see in scripture, and this is what we would expect from anyone who gives and upholds the law.
The result of our sin is a broken relationship with God. We see this right from the beginning with the story of Adam and Eve. Thier sin caused them to be cast out of God's perfect Garden and they experienced separation from God. The Prophet Isaiah says, we are all like sheep who wonder astray. Even our own hearts cry out for something more...some deeper connection with something. We try to fill that longing of our hearts in work, relationships, hobbies, special interest, drug, alchohol and other vices. We were created with a desire to connect with God, and all other option will fall short of a renewed relationship with God.
God's Solution For Mankind
This was not what God intended! He never wanted to have a broken relationship with mankind. God's desire was to dwell with mankind, so that he could love and provide for mankind as his children. So God provide a way for man's sin to be forgiven and our relationship to be restored.
What was his plan?
His plan was to become a sacrifice for man's sin. Jesus, became a man, lived among man, and died on the cross for man's sin. Jesus became the sacrifice for all man's sin. Now we can be forgiven because of the sacrifice of Jesus.