What’s the big deal about Jesus?
For centuries, Christians have been worshipping and following Jesus as the most important person in their lives. We also love Jesus and live to honour him. But, why do we treat Jesus with such high esteem when there are so many other religious leaders and great thinkers who have influenced our world? And, besides, isn’t Christianity just out of date?
Jesus is more than a political revolutionary or a moral guide for life
While it’s true that Jesus did teach and show the best way to live, he’s more than just a teacher. Jesus claimed to be God, which he proved by his miracles. He calmed a fierce storm, just by telling it to calm down. He also healed people, brought people back to life and Jesus himself was resurrected.
Jesus said he had come to be the Rescuer we need. But why do we need him to rescue us?
He taught that the problems that mankind faces in life are symptoms of a bigger problem: our relationship with God is broken. We are cut off from God who is the source of life and love. That’s why things go wrong in the world and in our lives.
We need our relationship with God restored. But we can’t get ourselves forgiven for the wrong things we’ve done against God (like when we’ve loved the gifts God gives but ignored him, the Giver). The penalty we need to pay for our wrong-doing is too much for us. We also need our hearts changed – we need to be made new inside so that we love and worship God like we should.
The truly good news
The good news (‘gospel’) of Jesus is that he is able to get us forgiven so that we can belong to God and go to heaven. God the Father loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us. Jesus willingly gave his life to pay the price to be the one who can set us free from wrong-doing, darkness and death to belong to him. Jesus can take the punishment for us so that we can be forgiven.
Jesus also rose alive again, so he’s able to give us new life and bring us into God’s family, to be his dearly loved children.
So, put your trust in Jesus to save you!: If you admit to God that you’ve done wrong against him and are truly sorry for it, ask Jesus to forgive you. He will save you and make you a child in God’s family, safe forever. Now, start to live in the strength he gives you to please him.
The great thing about Christianity
Jesus has done all that’s needed for us to come back to God. All we need to do is receive his rescue as a gift.
None of us can get to heaven by being good enough, or by doing charity work or being nice. But Jesus can save us and he’s offering his rescue to you without you having to earn or deserve it.
Ask your questions
We recommend that you join one of our courses that explore Christianity. They run for 10 sessions and give you opportunity to read for yourself what Jesus said and to ask questions to the course leader. If you’re interested in coming along, get in touch to let us know and we’ll let you know more information.
If you’d like to get started on your own, we recommend you take a look at the Christianity Explored website. It has some helpful videos and answers to tough questions.
You are also very welcome to join us at any of our Sunday services where you can hear the Bible being taught. You will also meet people who can tell you what difference Jesus makes in their lives.