A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. — Mahatma Gandhi
Jesus Christ is the most celebrated, polarizing, embraced, disputed, loved, despised, believed, doubted, enlightening yet misunderstood figure in human history. One thing He is not, is ignored. There is no indifference on the subject of Christ. More than a religious figure and beyond the bearded visage in stained glass, He’s either who He says He is or He’s a liar. If not a liar, perhaps a lunatic, but there are no other options.
If He is a liar, He has certainly pulled off the greatest heist ever known. He’s the only man who claimed to be God, that actually performed miracles as if He was God and then ultimately allowed himself to be murdered for the very people who tortured Him because they didn’t believe He was God. Humbly volunteering to die is hardly the work of a con man. So perhaps he was insane? The Bible was written over the span of 1,500 years by over 40 authors, and it has one central narrative – Jesus, the Son of God, hope for humanity. This book tells of Jesus’ arrival on earth hundreds of years before His birth. The remainder of the scriptures confirm the prophecies about His birth, miracles, His death and resurrection and showcase the church He founded years after He left the earth. Can the greatest selling book of all time be the work of a deranged man? Can a lunatic orchestrate such mastery?
Our final conclusion is that Jesus is who He says He is. The living, breathing Son of God. The hope of the world. The one true God. Savior of all. Worthy of utmost admiration and praise.
New Testament verses on salvation through Jesus:
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18
“Unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.” – John 8:24
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” – John 20:31
“He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 16:15-17
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” – 1 John 5:13
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. – Colossians 1:15-20 NLT
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:6-11 NLT