Jesus lived almost two thousand years ago, but he is more than just a "good" man or a prophet from the past. He was born a natural birth of the Spirit of God and the virgin Mary. This supernatural beginning made it possible for Him to live like no other man, because He was also fully God, free from sin and brokenness. The Holy Scriptures tell us that He gave up His powers and lived as a man. He grew, he made decisions, he ate, he worked, he had a family. He loved, and he grieved those he lost. When God the Father gave Him the Holy Spirit at His baptism, at the age of 30, it began 3 years of Jesus proclaiming why He had come to live among us, along with Him performing healings, signs and wonders as evidence of the life with God he promised.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-8
“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”
The Good News (Gospel) is that Jesus was born, lived, died, and rose again to life so that we all can be reconciled to God to live the new life He has promised. Jesus is still alive today, sitting at the right hand of God and dwelling in His disciples through the Holy Spirit.
"Jesus is not only the pattern, but the source of our life, and it is the business of the Holy Spirit... moment by moment to transfer His qualities into our life."
-- A.B. Simpson
The first great blessing of God the Father's Grace to us is forgiveness of sins and life everlasting through faith in the Lord Jesus.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Holiness (wholeness and purity) is the Lord Jesus Himself living in us by faith and enabling us through ongoing submission to the Holy Spirit to be like Him.
“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”
1 Corinthians 1:30
Through His death and resurrection, believing and blameless followers of Christ may claim health and strength until their lifework is done.
“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
The Lord Jesus is Present in our lives through the indwelling Holy Spirit, and is coming again as literally and personally as He did when He ascended to Heaven, and one day will set up His Kingdom fully on Earth.
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”