1 Peter 3:15 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have!
Who in the world is this "Jesus?"
Despite apparent popular belief, He is NOT just a cuss word. In fact, He is the real, historical Jesus, fully man yet fully God, as completely revealed throughout the entire Bible. Don't stop with Jesus the Christ of the four Gospels, because He was mainly fulfilling Jewish prophecy at that point. Only after His resurrection did the He reveal the plan of grace for all to Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles and the primary author of the New Testament. To fulfill prophecy, Jesus Christ will soon return, bodily, as the conquering King of Kings and Lord of Lords to usher in eternity.
These 3 Synoptic Gospels deal with Christ's humanity:
Matthew focuses on Jesus as King
Mark focuses on Jesus as Servant
Luke focuses on Jesus as the Son of Man (Old Testament prophecy title)
However, the gospel of John focuses on Jesus' Deity, as the Son of God
Why four different gospels? If you read the exact same things four times, wouldn't it be redundant? If you read the exact same things four times, wouldn't it be redundant? If you read the exact same things four times, wouldn't it be redundant? If you read the exact same things four times, wouldn't it be redundant?
They don't contradict each other at all. Actually, they each highlight information relevant only to the point that they are individually making. None of them claim to be the exhaustive biography of Jesus Christ. If something is omitted from one gospel, it is not indicating that it did not happen, only that it is not relevant to the point being made by that particular gospel. In fact, they compliment each other to provide us with the full picture.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF ALL IS:
Do you believe that only Jesus Christ is your personal savior, in that He was crucified, died, was buried and resurrected for the full forgiveness of your sins: Past, present and future?
If so, CONGRATULATIONS...you're saved according to the Bible. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) Now continue to grow in your faith.
If not, you may want to take some time to investigate where you'll spend eternity.
Caution: There are many "works-based" religions out there telling people that they must not only believe, but also do good works in order to be saved! The entire book of Galatians was written to expose these gospel-perverting deceivers and false teachers. What a confused, misled and self-righteous hypocrite you are if you think that God needs your help to forgive your sins! That would be discounting all that He did for us on the cross at Calvary! What special gift do you have that allows you to do something that even God Himself could not accomplish for you??? The only thing that God wants you to do is unconditionally accept His gift of Grace, while it is still available. There is nothing that you can do to earn a "gift." Good works will naturally follow your faith and will justify you in the eyes of others (see James 2:24), but justification in the eyes of God is by faith alone!
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
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