Study: Who is Jesus?

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Some people claim he’s a great teacher. Others think he’s a prophet. Some dismiss him as a liar or even a madman. Millions hail him as Savior and Lord. Whatever people think of him, nobody can deny that he stands at the very crux of human history.

The biblical record of his life shows that Jesus was born to a virgin, lived a sinless life, taught throughout Palestine for about three years, was crucified and then rose back to life three days after his death. The Bible claims that more than 500 people saw him alive after this miraculous event. How could a mere man have lived such a life? The miracles Jesus performed, his death on the cross, his resurrection, his ascent to heaven–all point to the fact that he was no ordinary leader.

Above all, Jesus called his followers into personal relationship. He encouraged forgiveness and love for all people, but specifically he invited us to experience the love of God the Father through a relationship with him. No other prophet in history claimed to forgive our failure, claimed to be God, or ultimately gave up his life for us. His invitation was world-changing and you can read more about it here.

Take this study to learn about how Jesus was and how he relates to our lives today.

  1. Part 1: Jesus’ Origin and Purpose
  2. Part 2: Jesus the Healer
  3. Part 3: Jesus the Teacher
  4. Part 4: Jesus, Mediator and Redeemer
  5. Part 5: Jesus the Giver

5 Responses to “Study: Who is Jesus?”

  • Chris says:

    Scott….there is a big difference between genesis 1 before the fall, and genesis 3 after the fall when plant life was greatly affected by the sin of adam and the introduction of satan into this world at which time satan became the ruler and god of this world….2 corinthians 4.4, 1 john 5.19 to 20, luke 4. as such we cannot assume just because something exists in this world its of God anymore than north korea having nuclear missles means its Gods will that they have them. we need to love the lord with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength and anything that removes the full control of our faculties which God has given us, doesnt permit that. 1 corinthians 6.12 says to not permit anything to have dominion or influence over us, marijuana doesnt qualify for us to in self-control as 2 timothy 1.7 and galatians 5.22 to 23 says we must be. praying now you give your total life to jesus so you can be filled with his love and power. you will then have no need for drugs of any kind as galatians 5.19 to 21 says its a work of the flesh and not of Gods spirit. blessings to you!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Scott, you ask a really good question, and I really appreciate your emphasis on the authority of the Bible to direct our decisions. I think first and foremost, in many areas, recreational marijuana use is illegal and as the Bible instructs us to obey civil authorities (Romans 13:1-5, Titus 3:1, 1Peter 2:13-17) it is then proper to obey those laws and abstain from illegal marijuana use.

    But you are asking a deeper question, “Why is it illegal if God gave it to humans for consumption?” I think that it comes down to the reality of how marijuana has been abused by some people. That over consumption has a harmful impact on individuals and the community at large. Because we live in community it is the responsibility of the society to enact laws that help protect the health of the whole, which can impact the rights of the individual. That is part of the cost of living in community.

    Now with more study of the impact of THC there is a better understanding of this substance and its benefits along with the hazards. That has produced a movement towards decriminalization and in some situations, legalization. It is the responsibility of governments to make those kinds of decisions based on the information we have and determine what is best for our society. Just like there are regulations around other substances that also have benefits and hazards. It is your responsibility to communicate your perspective to your civil representative so that they can take all that into consideration. But that does not free you from the responsibility of following the law as it stands today.

    One of the significant considerations for lawmakers is the harmful impact marijuana use has on development of young people’s brains. More studies are showing that even casual marijuana use by young adults can be linked to brain abnormalities http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2014/04/casual-marijuana-use-linked-to-brain-abnormalities-in-students.html Unfortunately, it is often those young adults who are most attracted to recreational use of marijuana. A major concern for decision makers is how to legalize marijuana without putting young people at greater risk for the negative impact that THC can have on their brains.

    Does that make sense?

  • Scott says:

    If marijuana is so bad, why did Jesus put it on earth? In genesis 1:29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”
    and furthermore, it’s not substantial to to human life, like bees or ants, but it’s just here. if (IF) there is a god, why would he put a green plant on earth that is “bad”?
    I don’t want to hear the “temptation” argument against it, I want a true, honest argument.
    If it is temptation, then that’s the only argument, so it’s not the true purpose it is on earth.
    also in 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
    and furthermore on the point of that, MedicalDaily in 2016 said, “Through short-term use of marijuana has relaxing and anxiety reducing effects”

    So peter also stated marijuana is for the good, not for temptation or fin sinful use. Using marijuana is perfectly fine to Peter and Jesus Christ put it on the world for a good reason.
    So why do religions see it as such a sinful act?
    thank yo for your time.
    -Scott

  • M. Jantzen says:

    Hello Cal,

    You have already outlined the biblical position well. Alcohol is not explicitly prohibited anywhere in Scripture, but drunkenness is (Ephesians 5:18). Plus we are told not to be a slave to anything (1 Corinthians 6:12) and to have the fruit of self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). If you are in close relationship with your friend, you may feel led by the Holy Spirit to encourage him to practice self-control regarding his use of alcohol if he’s taking too much liberty with it, but it would be best to have that conversation in private, face-to-face. But please pray much about whether you should. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Cal says:

    IS IT OK FOR SO-CALLED CHRISTIANS TO DRINK BEER ? WENT ON FACEBOOK AND SAW MY FRIEND WITH A FRIGG WITH COORS BEER. AND HOLDING A GLASS OF BEER IN HANDS. AM I JUGEMENTAL ?? THEY TOLD ME THAT “JESUS” TURNED THE WATER INTO WINE. AND PAUL TOLD TIMOTHY TOO DRINK A LITTLE WINE. THAT THE BIBLE DID NOT CONNDEM DRINKING. IF YOU DID NOT GET “DRUBK”

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