The teachings of Jesus, his deeds, death on the cross, and resurrection are at the center of the Christian faith.
Why did God send Jesus?
The Bible says that God created the world and the first human beings. However, Satan deceived people into disobeying God. As a result, man was separated from God, and the world He created was corrupted. As a result evil, imperfection, sin, sickness and death came into the world and people’s lives.
But God did not abandon people. He called Abraham (about 1800-1700 BC) in order to bring salvation for all mankind through the people of Israel. The prophets of Israel, like Isaiah (700 BC), predicted that it would happen when God comes as the Messiah-King to Israel.
Tese prophecies were fulfilled when God sent Jesus (about 5 BC-30 AD) into the world. Jesus was the Messiah-King.
Jesus said that the kingdom of God has arrived through His ministry into this sin-corrupted world. It was seen in a number of ways. People who were separated from God, found Him through Jesus. They found the loving Heavenly Father and their sins were forgiven. The sick and wounded were healed. Those bound by evil powers found freedoom. The poor and marginalized were helped. Enemies forgave each other, and they reconciled. Does it sound good? It is the gospel, the good news of Jesus! Today you can find a lot of people in churches, who are able tell you how Jesus met them, saved them, healed and delivered them.
The meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection
Jesus had His mission – to die nailed to the a cross. The death of Jesus was not a martyr’s death, but had greater significance. Jesus took upon Himself our iniquities, the sins that separate us from God. He took upon Himself the punishment, which would have otherwise fallen upon us.
If you want to know more about Jesus and what it means to follow Him, you are welcome to come to Helsinki Vineyard.
You can encounter Jesus now!
Jesus is alive! He is risen from the dead! You can find God through Jesus right now as you read this text.
“But to all who received him (Jesus), who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1: 12)
Receiving Jesus is the best thing that can happen during this lifetime. Your fellowship with Jesus begins in this life and it will continue into eternity.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him may not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3: 16)
If you want to know more about Jesus and what it means to follow Him, you are welcome to Helsinki Vineyard or Alpha meetings which explore the basics of Christian faith.