Who is Jesus?

Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the Glory of Heaven, the suffering servant,
the long-awaited and highly exalted eternal King, and the hope of all mankind. 

God created the universe and everything in it, including you and me. Since we owe our existence to God, in His wisdom He tells us how we should live. He made us to love Him above all else and to treasure Him forever as our supreme joy.

God is holy, meaning that He is purely good and hates all evil.

Instead of loving, serving, and seeking God, we all have rebelled against Him in our hearts and in our actions. We’ve placed ourselves under the wrath of God and in danger of eternal punishment, which we rightly deserve. One day each of us will stand before the holiness and justice of God and give an account for our lives.

Understanding this bad news makes the good news of the gospel all the more glorious. The good news is that while we were still sinners, God sent His Son to bear the penalty for sin in our place. Jesus, the Glory of Heaven, stepped down from Heaven to Earth.

While you and I have not spent a single moment loving God wholeheartedly, Jesus spent every moment of His life loving God with all His heart, mind, and soul. Then according to the definite plan of God, He gave up His life on a cross. Though Jesus never sinned, He willingly endured the wrath of God for our sin, paying the penalty we deserve.

Three days later, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ rose from the dead. His resurrection confirms the Bible’s message – that whoever believes in Christ has been made right with God and will someday be resurrected to know eternal joy in God’s presence.

Jesus lives even today, reigning in Heaven as King. He’s calling all people everywhere to repent, (that is, to turn from sin) and trust in His finished work on the cross. To do so means that when we eventually stand before God, we won’t be judged based on our own sinful lives, but on the basis of Christ’s righteous life. As He Himself taught, faith in the Lord Jesus is the only way to be made right with God.

The promise of the gospel is not just for the next life, but also for our lives here and now. God creates in His people new hearts with new desires, and the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead also empowers believers to follow Him. Though faithful Christians can and do sin, we can be assured of the real change in our hearts as we grow more and more to despise the ugliness of sin and savor the beauty of God in Christ.

Thankfully, we’re not left alone in this journey. The moment we believe in Christ, we’re adopted into a global family of people who have received the saving grace of God and worship Him in response. Our family at Providence is only a small segment of the universal body of believers for whom Christ died. If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, we invite you to contact us or come visit on any given Sunday.

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