What is Christianity?
The Christian faith is all about Jesus Christ. Because of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done, if we believe in Him and trust in Him as our Saviour, we can have the freedom to live our lives to the full now, and we can have life forever with God.
We believe that God created human beings in His own image. We believe that we are made for more than just survival; God created us to thrive in a beautiful relationship with Him and with others. And because He made us and He loves us, He knows the best way for us to live. But we have rejected him, and all around us we see a broken world, where people suffer, where our world is being damaged, where people hurt each other, and where God is forgotten. But this is not what God wants. And, to put things right, he sent Jesus into the world.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of God who became human; God Himself, entering the world as a human being.
He is our Saviour; he has come to heal and save any and every person who will put their trust in Him.
He is our Teacher; he shows us a better way to live, and in the Bible (God’s Word to us) we learn of all the amazing teaching and promises of God.
He is our Friend; Jesus knows us, cares for us, helps us, protects us, and loves us more than words could ever express.
He is our King; in fact he is the King of Kings. When he lived on earth, Jesus proved this by healing people, calming storms – even by raising the dead. By doing these things, the King was giving a glimpse of life in His future Kingdom. A perfect place, with no suffering, fear or death. It’s the world we all long for.
What did Jesus do?
Jesus came to call humanity back to God and to give us healing and hope. But when he came, many people rejected him, as we still do now. We think we’ll be happier making our own rules and living outside His Kingdom. Jesus called our rejection of God “sin”. Sin damages our lives; it causes great suffering and injustice in the world around us, and it will eventually leave us separated from the joy of being in God’s Kingdom. God won’t let those who reject the King live with Him, so we face what Jesus called hell. An existence without anything good, forever.
People rejected Jesus so violently that they killed Him by nailing Him to a cross. But His death wasn’t a mistake by God – it was a masterstroke. On the cross, Jesus was cut off from God’s friendship and goodness, and He chose to experience hell – all so that we don’t have to. The sinless King died to take our place, to take the punishment that our sins deserve. Jesus did that to open the way for us to come into His Kingdom.
Three days after His execution, His tomb was found to be empty. Over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with Him. Hundreds saw Him. Jesus the King could not be contained by death. He had risen from the dead!
What does this mean for us today?
Today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into His Kingdom. Rather than rejecting Him, we can turn from making our own rules and living outside His Kingdom, and follow Jesus instead.
Jesus tells us to “repent and believe the good news”. Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves. Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything needed to give us a place in His Kingdom.
Living with Jesus as King isn’t always easy. His followers will be rejected, just as He was. But they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction and joy. And we live this life together as part of His Church, where we seek to love God and love our neighbour more and more. It is not always easy, but it is amazing because being a Christian means that now we can know God and His forgiveness, we are helped by Him, and we are looking forward to the day when Jesus the King returns, when he will finally establish his loving Kingdom forever.
Jesus offers all this to anyone who repents and believes.
Will you accept his offer?
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