7 Things Everyone Should Know About Jesus

Things people need to know about Jesus

Happy Resurrection Day 2014!

It seems today that there is no lack of people that have an issue with Christianity. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at the comments section (or maybe you shouldn’t) of pretty much any Christian movie trailer.  Look at the articles that people release about outspoken Christian athletes. Try to build an awesome full scale Noah’s Ark replica, and see what people say about you. Pretty much, if you try to do anything that glorifies God, prepare to encounter haters. Don’t worry though, because:

Matthew 5:10-12 (ESV)

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Read all of Matthew 5!

But, why are people so bent out of shape about Jesus in the first place? What is it about Jesus that makes people so mad? I believe there’s a few really good answers to that question, and we’ll focus on one of the very important ones. First though, let’s set the table by looking at seven important things about Jesus that many people might not know…

 

He Was There In The Beginning

It’s easy to put God in a box. Many times we make assumptions about how God operates, and sometimes (maybe without realizing it) we put a limit on what we think He can do.

When it comes to Jesus, many people wonder about the times “before” Jesus showed up. I fully believe that Jesus was there in the beginning. The Bible has some cool stuff to say about this:

John 1:1-14 (ESV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.

8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Read all of John 1! It’s awesome!

He is the Answer to Prophecy

The Old Testament and the New Testament relate. Jesus didn’t just show up on earth out of the blue. There were many MANY events that led up to Him walking the earth.

Prophesies were very specific about:

  • The Messiah’s bloodline
  • The Messiah’s locations
  • The Messiah’s life
  • The Messiah’s mission, etc.

Jesus, of course, gets an A+ when it comes to His fulfillment of prophesies. For more on that, read this short article about 44 of those prophesies.

He Didn’t Come to Make Us Millionaires

As always, this article is written by me (an ordinary dude), so much of what you’re reading are my own opinions. I encourage you to pray, look into scripture, and seek wisdom from God yourself. In other words, don’t take my word for it just because I’m writing on a website.

With all that being said, I truly believe that this next item on the list is true. To think that Jesus came to make a way for us to be financially rich seems contradictory to so much of what He taught.

For example, look at the response that Jesus gave to the man in Mathew 19.

Matthew 19:21-26 (ESV)

21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”

26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Read all of Matthew 19!

For more on this, read our Gamerfaith article about getting rich!

 

He Cares About the Heart

Jesus doesn’t care about rules for the sake of rules. He doesn’t hand you a to-do list full of meaningless rituals so that you can get into heaven.

When I was a kid, my dad didn’t love me because I ate my veggies, cleaned my room, and did my laundry. Doing all of those things, however, were ways that I could have shown respect and love to my dad.

Jesus cares about your heart. Your actions, in many ways, are a reflection of the heart.

Mark 12:28-34 (ESV)

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.

33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Read all of Mark 12!

He Came to Save, Not Condemn

Have you ever heard someone complain about Christianity because they had a bad experience with a Christian in the past? Maybe you have felt this way yourself.

Sometimes people are legitimately mistreated by people who call themselves Christians. This is very unfortunate, but remember: Just because a religious person treats you poorly, that doesn’t mean that Jesus will treat you that way. Christians are meant to follow Christ, and Christ focuses on loving God and loving other people.

God sent His Son so that the world might be saved. He offered a way for us to avoid condemnation. The sad part is, many people prefer to live in sin. More on that later…

John 3:16-21 (ESV)

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Read all of John 3!

He Shows Real Love

Continuing in John 3 in ESV we come to this:

John 3:19-21 (ESV)

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Read all of John 3!

I believe that this is a major part of why Christ is so controversial in our culture. The things that Christ shows us, are at odds with a culture that can often be infatuated with “self”.

  • How good can I look?
  • How successful can I be?
  • What rights do I have?
  • Which friends are best for my needs?
  • How can I make great money?
  • What’s in it for me?

These things are contradictory to love, and love is the essence of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 13 (ESV)

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

As Christians we are called to love those around us. When we live for ourselves, and stop exhibiting love, what is our purpose?

He Died, and He Lives!

Isaiah 53 (ESV)

1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?

9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

 

Happy Resurrection day! God sent His Son to walk with us, heal us, teach us, and save us. The veil was torn, the tomb is empty. We can have a direct relationship with God, and Christ our Savior is risen!

Feel free to message me if you need anything!

Love you guys and I’m praying for you!

-Caleb

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2 Comments

  • Craig says:

    Awesome man, great use of Scripture! It’s cool to see what you were talking about with me before all come together in your post. Keep it up man! Happy Day After Easter! =)

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