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The Son of God became man

Many people have written, talked and heard about Jesus. Probably more things have been said about Him than about anyone else in history. There are pictures,statues, paintings, musicals, films etc. made about or for Him. But all of these things didn't bring Jesus closer to us! His appearance is of no importance, but He was a very special human being, because at the same time He was God. Even to this day His influence on history has been greater than that of any other known man or woman. Jesus is the only human being born of a virgin. Her name was Mary. An angel said about her baby: "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." (Luke 1:32) But how can a woman, who has never had sexual relations with a man, have a child? This was only possible by God's own Holy Spirit. God laid the life of His mighty Son in heaven into the womb of the virgin Mary. That was a miracle!! It stands to reason that He, who made the first woman with the marvellous ability to bare children, could also bring about the conception of a child without the help of a human father. The Bible declares: "But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman…" (Galatians 4:4)
So before Jesus was born on earth as a human being of flesh and blood, He had already lived in heaven as God the Son. Jesus Himself often spoke about the high position he had held in heaven. One time He prayed: "And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began." (John 17:5)
He also said to His listeners: "What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where He was before?" (John 6:62)
"I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born I am!" (John 8:58) He is also called God's Only Son, and elsewhere His Firstborn (John 1:14 and 3:36 and Hebrews 1:6)
The Bible declares that this Son worked together with God the Father and the Holy Spirit at creating everything (Colossians 1:15-16).
Jesus Christ said to the Roman commander Pontius Pilate: "… In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth." (John 18:37) Jesus Christ did many healing miracles to help people, but also to show that He really was the Messiah. He said to His disciples: "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work." (John 4:34)
Jesus came to give His life in order to save us from God's wrath.
The Bible says: "Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Him!" (Romans 5:9) So the most important reason for Jesus to come to earth was to die for our sins.
He said: "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)
A ransom is the price paid to release somebody who is being held hostage. It is paid to ensure that person doesn't lose his/her life. Jesus' perfect human life was given as a ransom to free mankind from slavery to sin and death. (1 Peter 1:18-19 and Ephesians 1:7)

Why was that salvation necessary?

God had created the first two people Adam and Eve holy and perfectly happy. Adam and Eve were thus without sin and lived in a beautiful place called the ‘Garden of Eden'. The garden was filled with different kinds of trees and one of them was called 'the tree of the knowledge of good and evil'. God commanded them very specifically not to eat of this tree and warned them: "…for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)
But Eve did eat of the tree and also caused her husband Adam to disobey God's command. Because of their disobedience to God, sin came into the world and man was separated from God. Now man was spiritually dead and started degenerating physically because of sin. Then how was it possible that the sacrifice of Jesus' life could free all mankind from the bondage of sin and death?
There is a basic principle, handed down to the nation of Israel through God's Law, that a life had to be given for a life (Exodus 21:23 and Deuteronomy 19:21). Jesus Christ gave His own perfect life on the cross to save mankind from death (1 Peter 1:18-19 and Ephesians 1:7). Jesus gave His life to give us new life and to redeem (buy back) what Adam and Eve had lost.
The fear and the pain of God's Son were beyond comparison. Nobody has ever suffered as much as this man did. He never deserved to suffer, and yet He underwent so much. The only person in history who didn't deserve to suffer, suffered the most. He, who "committed no sin, and in whose mouth was found no deceit" (1 Peter 2:22).
None of Jesus' sufferings were a punishment for sin committed by Him. Jesus, in all His infinite power, had every right to take revenge, but He didn't. He said: "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26:53)
The torture Jesus went through was unbearable: the soldiers played their evil game with Him, they blindfolded Him, hit Him with their fists and pressed a crown of thorns upon His head.
And when He hung on the cross He cried out: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34). In that terrible moment God turned His back on His beloved Son, who was carrying the punishment for sin: separation from God. Nobody will be as alone as Jesus was on that cross. Deserted by His friends and by God Himself. But three days later Christ was raised from the dead. God wanted to show in a powerful way that He accepted His death as full and perfect payment for sin. Jesus stayed on earth for forty more days to show that He was alive (Acts 1:3), and then returned to heaven (Acts 1:9-10). That's where He is now, as God the Son once again, and He will return at the appointed time.

The second coming of Jesus Christ

Although we don't know the exact time of Jesus second coming, we do know that He is coming soon. The signs, that are predicted in the Bible, give evidence of this. The period before the second coming of Christ can be divided into two phases. The first phase is that of global distress and the second phase is the great tribulation. These are the different signs:

  • a great increase of wars, here and there
  • an increase of natural disasters, great earthquakes, floods etc.
  • famines and epidemics
  • an increase in godlessness: moral decline, more pleasure in evil than in good; people's love will grow cold
  • watch the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. The Jews were scattered to all the ends of the earth. But the Bible predicted that in the last days God will bring His people back to their country. The city of Jerusalem is also an important sign in the last days. Jerusalem was ruled by heathens (non-Jews) for 2000 years. But in 1967 the Jews were given back Jerusalem and she is now governed by the Jews.
  • etc ...
In the second phase, the great tribulation, a dangerous leader will reveal himself.
The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 9-10: "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction… The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved."

The increasing crises and despair in our days fit exactly with the Bible's predictions. According to the Bible this will eventually lead to a worldwide acceptance of a totalitarian world government and a world dictator, whom the Bible calls the antichrist. If we take a look at e.g. Germany after 1930: a growing economic crisis, an increase of drug use (cocaine) and the flourishing of occult activity. This created a demonic atmosphere that lay at the base of the appointing of a demonic leader: Adolf Hitler. Even in our days we can see an incredible increase of the occult. Jesus Christ warned us for deception. "For false Christs and false  prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect." (Matthew 24:24)

Following these terrible events of the great tribulation, Jesus will return to earth in power and glory. "For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." (Matthew 24:27)
The Son of Man will come back on the clouds.

Jesus Christ

* Jesus is God's Son

"You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased." (Luke 3:22) 

* Jesus is also God

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
"The Word became flesh (man) and made His dwelling among us." (John 1:14)

* Jesus is our Saviour, because He died for all sins

"…the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men…" (1 Timothy 2:5-6) 

* Jesus forgives your sins

"Son, your sins are forgiven." (Mark 2:5)
"But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin." (1 John 3:5)

* Jesus Christ came into the world to destroy the work of the devil.

The Bible says:
"The reason the Son of God appeared, was to destroy the devil's work." (1 John 3:8)
Satan held people captive by sin, but Jesus, by His death, made an end to Satan's claim on us. Men can choose now. Those who choose Jesus Christ as their Lord, are freed from the power of Satan. 

* Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His disciples. Jesus still sends the Holy Spirit on every born again Christian. He baptizes with the Holy Spirit. 

* Jesus died and rose from the dead

"With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last." (Mark 15:37)
"Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb… Don't be alarmed, He has risen! He is not here." (Mark 16:2,6) 

* Jesus is our Mediator

A Mediator is somebody who intercedes for another person. Jesus prays and intercedes for us. "Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them." (Hebrews 7:25) 

* Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

There is only one way to God the Father: that is Jesus Christ. Whoever loves Jesus Christ, also loves God the Father, because the Father and Jesus Christ (and ultimately the Holy Spirit) are one.

Whoever does not believe in Jesus, doesn't have faith in the Father either, because it is He who sent the Son. Whoever denies Jesus, belongs to the antichrist. You are either for or against Jesus. There is no grey zone!

You are either for God or for Satan! To draw near to God, you have to follow
Jesus Christ. Jesus said of Himself: "I am the way and the truth and  the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)