Who is Jesus, and why is He important? Jesus is the most famous person in history because He launched a compassion revolution, and is the Son of the Living God. Jesus and His followers are the most bullied and hated people on Earth, and Christians report a considerable number of Christian persecutions because of their faith. So who is this Messiah that people are suffering for? Jesus is necessary through the example He gave us, His way of living on Earth.
What other names does Jesus have?
Jesus is also known as Messiah(Christ), Son of God and Son of man, Master, Emmanuel(God with us), Almighty, Bread of God, Firstborn from the Dead, Good Shepherd, Holy One, and Judge of the living and the dead. Jesus’ name also appears in Latin authors’ works, some even hostile to Christians. Tacitus wrote in his ‘Annals’ in 115 that the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate executed Jesus Christ.
The Lamb of God is also named Lion of the Tribe of Judah, The Living Stone, Son of David, and The Stone that builders rejected. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God because of the relationship of Sonship and absolute equality with the Father.
Summary of Jesus’ life
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, according to Luke and Matthew. Jesus was a Galilean from Nazareth, a village near Sepphoris, one of the two major cities of Galilee. The Christ Child has been called the Sun or the Sun of Righteousness in the hymns that adorn the beautiful services, mainly for the feast of the Nativity. This Sun brings a spiritual illumination, a light of knowledge to the world. He was born to Mary and Joseph. Joseph was only legally his Father because they reported that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived and that she was pregnant from The Holy Spirit.
The baby Jesus came to Earth to bring humanity out of the darkness of death and into the Light. In Bethlehem of Judea, the Christ Child is born, the Light of the world, the One who calls us all to come out of the darkness of sin into the Light of clean life, that is, into the Light of true faith, truth, love, and good deeds, which means the fulfillment of the divine commandments.
The wisdom of Jesus
Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man. There is no other evidence of His childhood or early life, only in the Luke 2 story, revealed to us in the Temple scene at 12 years old. As a young adult, He went to get baptized by the prophet John the Baptist, also His cousin. Shortly thereafter, He became a healer and a teacher to many. He was arrested at Gethsemane after they had their last dinner.
Then He was tried and executed. His disciples were convinced that He rose from the dead as He said and appeared to them. They told and converted other people to Him by teaching them His words. This is how Christianity was born.
Every one of us believes in Him, the Son of God, the pure Son of the Virgin, and the Mother of God, Mary. And thinking, we receive the Word about Him with faith in our hearts. As a result, as God, we confess Him with our mouths and repenting at once from our hearts of the transgressions we have committed before. The Word of the Father entered the womb of the Virgin. So the Word is also in us as a seed.
Is Christ the Son of God?
The correct answer is yes, He is. Jesus came from the Heavenly throne. God confirms to at His baptism that Jesus is the only living and beloved Son of God in whom He is well-pleased. The Father publicly claimed Him in the Jordan River.
Looking for various doors of salvation, people do not see Jesus Christ. Him, the gate through which God came down to us and through which people enter God. He is the door of the Father, through whom Abraham. Isaac, Jacob, the prophets, the apostles, and the Church. The Church confesses that Jesus Christ is the Lord, the Son of God. This confession is based on recognizing a central fact, namely that in Jesus Christ, we encounter God and He is our Saviour.
In Colossians, we find out Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him, all things were created.
Was Jesus a natural person? A testimony from a Jewish chronicler
Flavius is the first non-Christian who had a testimony about Jesus. The first documentary evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ outside religious texts comes from a Romanized Jew. It is the well-known ancient Latin-language author Flavius Josephus. He lived from 47-to 100. In a famous work, he wrote: “There was at that time a wise man named Jesus. It is right to call him a man, for he was a fountain of beautiful things and a good teacher that people received the truth with pleasure. He drew many Jews to his side, but also many of the so-called Gentiles. ”’
The crucifixion of Christ
In John 18, we find about Him being arrested and going peacefully to His death, betrayed by one of his disciples, Judah. His death produces the effect of Redemption because by His wounds, we are healed. By His death, people’s broken relationship with God is restored. Even on the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”.
Jesus came to die for our forgiveness, to demonstrate His great love, and to give us eternal life. The Savior exemplifies his redemptive work as a “serpent of brass.” This is the symbol by which Christ reveals the removal of the sting of death from the soul by His sacrifice.
Like the bite of the serpent of death, through the paschal passage and the putting on of His deathless life, the life ever living (John 14:19). The work of Redemption was to take place after the restoration of the disciples’ hearts to the likeness of Christ’s “heart.”
Death by crucifixion was condemned to those who conflicted with the law, villains, pirates, enslaved people, politicians, religious anarchists, or those who had no civil rights. According to research linking the crucifixion of Jesus to seismic activity at the time, the Savior was crucified on third April, the 33rd year. The Gospel of Matthew mentions that Jesus stood on the cross. A strong earthquake shook the area, and the sky darkened.
Who took the Body of Christ?
Today’s Gospel contains a scene that reveals another aspect of faith. In addition to the witness of Christ’s Resurrection. It is about Joseph of Arimathea asking Pilate for the Body of Jesus. Beyond Joseph’s courage and love for Christ, we glimpse a foreshadowing of the Eucharistic ritual.
The priests recite at the moment of communion during the Archpriestly Mass. In this Light, Joseph of Arimathea becomes the model of the Christian who, imbued with faith in the risen Christ, seeks steadfastly to partake of the life-giving Body. Light and power of the new age, to which our Saviour opens the way. The moment is sung by the Church at the Great Saturday Utterance, in one of the most poignant troparia of Passion Week: The Sun has hidden its rays, and the Temple’s vault was torn in two because of the death of the Saviour. Which Joseph, seeing.
He went to Pilate and earnestly entreated him, saying: Give me this stranger, Who as a child was lodged in the world as a stranger. Give me this stranger, whom those of one generation with him out of hatred killed as a stranger. Give me this stranger, whose foreign death I am astonished to see. The stranger who knows how to welcome the poor and the outlander. The stranger, whom the Jews have alienated from the world out of envy. Give me this stranger, that I may hide him in the grave. Who as a stranger had nowhere to lay his head. Hearing these words of prayer, Pilate, after being assured by the centurion that Jesus had died, gave Joseph the Body.
Every knee shall bow before The Lion and The Lamb
The judgment day comes to all people. Everyone will face judgment, the day their sins will be judged. For those who reject Jesus and for those who commit sins with their will and never regret it. Those who deny Jesus before men will be denied by Jesus in front of His Father.
The Gospel of Matthew best interweaves the link between the Old Testament and the New Testament. And because of this, it is the first of the four Gospels. It is therefore regarded as a continuity of the Old Testament because it collects the fulfilled prophecies of Christ’s first coming. And then speaks of God’s new creation. In the New Testament, all the stories are involved in the Legacy of Jesus.
God is light
The miracle of the healing of the man blind from birth highlights with a great convincing force that, despite the adversities experienced by Jesus Christ. And those who received His gifts, His divine power triumphed.
At the same time, His Light prevailed, which drove away from the darkness of helplessness. So of sickness of every kind, of the blindness of Body and soul, and the Light of the knowledge of God shone into the souls of sincere people. Open to receive from the Saviour His inexhaustible Light.
The manifestation of Jesus Christ as Light is also mentioned by the Evangelist John in the Prologue of his Gospel. Where we learn that Jesus Christ is the Logos or Word of God. Who brought life to all creation, and in this life received from Him, people were able to enjoy His Light. So we can speak of a more general light of His, which is projected onto all creation, which is also illumined by the Light of the One who created it and cares for it.
Therefore, people who have this perception of the world feel joyful and enlightened in it. Discovering through it new and new meanings of it take the man out of monotony and boredom and place him in a permanent newness, creativity, and spiritual Light.
The Word, the Son of God, who participated in the creation, the Logos, comes as Messiah, as Redeemer. To lift the curse due to the sin of disobedience, committed in Heaven by Adam and Eve. The forefathers of the human race. Through the birth of the Virgin Mary. Who had been imbued with the Holy Spirit, the Son of God? One of the Trinity accepts to take upon Himself the sins of men and brings Redemption, reconciliation with God.
The Christ Child has been called the Sun or the Sun of Righteousness in the hymns. that adorn the beautiful services composed especially for the feast of the Nativity. This Sun brings to the world a spiritual illumination. Light of knowledge.
Saint Maximus Confessor said of the incarnation of the Son of God that the Incarnation of God is for us a sure sign of hope. The hope of the deification of human beings. God will make man as fully as God made himself a man. For it is evident that He who became man without sin. And as much as He will raise man for His own sake. So much will He lower Himself for man’s sake?
What is the main message of the Bible?
Matthew illustrates from the very beginning the purpose of writing his Gospel, which is to invoke the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah. As foretold by the prophets. Another important aspect is that Matthew portrays the fulfillment of Moses in the person of the Saviour.
The Saviour Christ fasted 40 days, just like Moses. The New Law is also given on a mountain, like the Old Law. The Savior is a new Moses, a new Lawgiver; the Beatitudes and what follows them are an obvious replica of the Decalogue.
According to the words of the Saviour: He did not come to destroy but fulfill the laws.
The Ten Commandments must also be kept by Christians to the letter. The Decalogue suggests what the believer must not do, and the “Beatitudes”. Indirectly suggest what the believer must do in order to gain reward in heaven. Like the Decalogue, they constitute a moral law addressed to all men.
Abraham’s faith. How to achieve it nowadays?
We see in this biblical passage that God’s covenant with Abraham has an eternal character. It refers in particular to those who will share the same faith as Abraham in the future. By his descendants taking up the covenant from generation to generation, the unity and oneness of the faith of the Israelite people in one God.
The Creator of heaven and Earth will be proclaimed. In fact, this will be more clearly recorded on the occasion of the handing over to the patriarch Moses of the Ten Commandments. The first of which proclaims an identity of the Jewish people through belief in one God. The incarnation of the Saviour did not lead to the alteration of this commandment. There is a very strong connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament creeds, going so far as to merge. And having, among other things, a common root.
Returning to the promise made to the Patriarch Abraham. We must remember that Paul said that it refers in particular to the Saviour Jesus Christ. And therefore all Christians must share in it through him.
Remember that I wrote and shared information about the wise men who are still seeking Him! Let us follow their example. Thank you for your time! You can play a nice quiz about Jesus Christ on our Quiz Section.