Christianity - and following Jesus
Who Is Jesus?
Jesus Christ was a Jew who lived 2000 years ago in Israel, and He is the person at the centre of Christianity. That is why, to understand Christianity, you should read an eyewitness account on Jesus. Pick up a Bible and read The Gospel of Mark, for example - a historical account of the life of Jesus
Jesus was the son of a carpenter. He never became a powerful ruler. He never led an army. In fact, He died young, in a brutal way, nailed to a cross. But today, millions of people all around the world worship Him.
Why did Jesus come?
Jesus' death was not an accident. He told his followers He would die. In fact, He said He had come to die. He taught people that they had turned away from God and were therefore separated from God. Jesus said that humanity deserved to be punished for their rebellion against God; they deserved to be eternal separated from God.
But the Bible teaches that Jesus, the Son of God, died in our place. He was perfect and He did not deserve death - but He chose to die instead of us. Jesus paid for our rebellion against God and so through His death He saved us from being punished by God. We know for sure that Jesus' payment was accepted by God. We know for certain that the things Jesus said were true. We know beyond any doubt that Jesus lives today. How can we say all these things with such confidence? Because Jesus literally was resurrected from the dead, three days after he was executed.
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
Because Jesus died and took the punishment humanity deserved, those who put their faith in Jesus can now have a real relationship with God. Though we have rebelled against God and have sinned against Him, through saving faith in Jesus, God forgives us our rebellion. This means we can be friends with God. That friendship begins when you trust Jesus and means that after you die, you go to be with Him forever.
Following Jesus means two things. You know Him as your Saviour, and you lovingly obey Him as your Lord. A relationship with Jesus means submitting to Jesus, following Jesus, and seeking to live your life for Jesus, and for His glory.