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You're most likely on this page because you're searching for answers about who Jesus is and maybe even considering if you should follow him. If you're looking for a quick list of all the requirements of what it means to be a Christian, you won't find it here. Following Jesus isn't a list of rules; it's about having a relationship with God.
When talking about Who Jesus is, we could talk about so much. Still, in this brief introduction, we'll highlight His role as Savior, His label of friend, and His position as Lord. This page is more than information about Jesus; this is a personal introduction to the man Jesus.
Jesus is the savior of the world. Maybe you've heard that before and wondered what He's saving us from? That's genuinely where this all begins. When God created humanity, he didn't make us like robots to be controlled; He gave us free will with the choice to be in a relationship with Him or choose to reject him. Adam and Eve were the first humans to walk with God and enjoy all the goodness that God had intended us to live in. But the devil, who is our enemy, came and tempted Adam and Eve to sin by disobeying God.
The Bible says that sin separates us from God and creates a debt that must be paid. But we have no chance ever to repay this debt, not even if you're a morally good person. But because God loves us, he wouldn't settle for that distance, so He sent Jesus to Earth. Only a perfect sacrifice would be able to pay the debt, which is why Jesus paid our debt with his own life when they crucified Him on the cross.
I'm sure you have heard at least something about Jesus dying on the cross and being called a savior, but most haven't heard Jesus called a friend. Because we often feel shame, regret, or guilt for our sin, we assume that God is mad at us and is out to punish us, but in reality, it is the heart of God to be close to us, to extend mercy towards us.
One of the things Jesus was known for while He walked on Earth was that He was a friend to the worst sinners you could imagine. In the creation story in the Bible, when Adam and Eve sinned, they ran and hid from God because they instantly felt deep shame. We often do the same thing today, but Jesus extends grace and love towards us and calls us close to Him again.
He is our loving Savior, our close friend, and finally, Jesus is Lord! Not everyone agrees with that or chooses to follow His example. Still, all must choose whether we desire to follow Him or not. It's not enough to believe that Jesus died on the cross; we must receive that gift for ourselves and choose to turn and follow Jesus. Look at the way one of the first Christians describe the magnitude of who Jesus is.
Now, in the world we live in, we often think of a lord as an oppressive dictator-type figure, but following Jesus brings more freedom to our lives. So many people are searching for meaning and purpose. We look for it in having more, getting more friends, being successful, or even trying to fill the void by excessive use of drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.
The only way your life will ever make sense is when you surrender your life to follow Jesus and receive His grace for your life. You'll only find joy when you release control and make Jesus your leader and Lord.
Are you ready to follow Jesus?
Maybe you have a background or a past with religion, but now you've come face to face with something far greater than the bondage of religious rules; you've been introduced to Jesus. He's paid the debt of your sin; He's shown himself as a friend to you, but closeness with God and forgiveness from your sins comes when you choose to believe He's your Savior and you make Him your leader and Lord.
If you're ready to follow Jesus, take the first step found in Romans 10:9, which says, "if you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." If you're ready to go all-in and follow Jesus, begin with this prayer.
“Father, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, and raising him from the dead to give me life. I repent of my sin and turn to you. Jesus, I choose to follow you with all of my heart, for the rest of my life. I believe in you and declare that you are the leader and Lord of my life! Thank you for forgiving me and walking with me from this moment forward! Amen.”
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