Jesus was not just another rabbi, religious guru, or moralistic prophet. Jesus’ story is the story of how God was at work to help us.
From the very beginning, Jesus as the Word was with God and was God. God’s plans have always included and revolved around Christ (Ephesians 1:4-7,10).
Long before his birth, God announced through his prophets he would send his servant, the anointed Messiah, who would accomplish his purposes. This Messiah whose “origins are in the distant past” would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). In the days of Herod, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Jesus was born into a world where evil oppressed lives through physical ailments, mental torment, and the brokenness that comes from sin. Furthermore, sin created humanity’s biggest problem – death.
The reason God sent Jesus into the world was to destroy the devil’s work. For us to know that God was really working through Jesus to bless our lives and to rescue us from death, God provided prophecies describing what the Messiah’s ministry would accomplish (Isaiah 42:1-9). He also gave Jesus power to demonstrate his authority.
During his lifetime, Jesus claimed that what he was teaching and doing came from God the Father. His miracles revealed God was working through him.
God planned for Jesus to die for our sins, so that he could save us. As Paul would later write, “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
After Jesus died, Peter summarized Jesus’ ministry: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. …They killed him …, but God raised him from the dead” (Acts 10:38,39,40)
Jesus’ story is the story of God’s loving care for us and what God has done to rescue us and bless our lives. Jesus is good news for our lives because we learn what God’s power can do for us (Ephesians 1:20; 3:20).
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