Who is Jesus?
Perhaps the name Jesus makes you curious… or rubs you the wrong way… or perhaps its just a “church name” reserved for Sunday mornings. However you approach His name, Jesus was a flesh-and-blood man. He was born in a small town in the ancient Roman Empire. He lived and worked among the common people of His day. He was also a divine member of God’s Holy Trinity: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.
Jesus the Son of God never sinned. On Earth, He walked in our shoes and did it perfectly. Today, the word “sin” seems taboo, but the reality of humanity’s brokenness surrounds us. Even the very best people we know commit sin and feel the impact of other people’s sin. Although we like to think of ourselves as decent and good, perfection is impossible—and what’s more, struggle and suffering is a regular part of our lives.
God is holy and perfectly right. Our sin drives us a wedge between Him and us. Guilty people have no place in God’s presence. The doors of Heaven are locked against us, and what is more, we deserve to lose the life God gave us.
One of the best words in Christianity is “but,” which means except for. The doors of Heaven are locked against us except for Jesus. God sent Jesus on a divine rescue mission. God is both holy and compassionate. The apostle Peter writes in the Bible that God is “patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
First, Jesus taught men, women and children about God’s immense love. Then, He proved it. After a short life and ministry, Jesus chose to die a painful and shameful death on a Roman cross. As he died, he heaped humanity’s sins upon His shoulders and took them to the grave. His sacrifice erased our sins and flung them “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12).
Today, when we feel the weight of sin, we need to repent in Jesus’ name. To repent literally means, “to change one’s mind; to do a 180 degree turn.” When we understand who God is (perfect and just) and who were are (sinners), it grieves us. We have offended the Holy One who made us and takes cares of us. We must deliberately turn away from Sin and turn to God in faith.
If you’re here on this website and you feel a tug in your heart to repent, our church would love to speak with you and help you along. Jesus loves people in sin. He does not expect you to clean yourself up and neither do we.