Who is Jesus Christ
This is a question mankind has pondered for more than 2,000 years. More has been written and documented about him than any other person who has ever lived. Some people say he was just a man. Others say he was a prophet. The fact that he performed miracles - healing the blind and leprous, feeding thousands of people with a few loaves and fishes, and even raising people from the dead - is historical fact documented by first-century writers. But, who did Jesus say he was?
The only place where we can find Jesus' actual words preserved for us to read is the Bible. Read the things Jesus said about himself, all of which can be found in the gospel of John.
- "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." John 6:35
- "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
- "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:11
- "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5
- "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
Do you know any other person who can claim to be any of these things, much less all of these things? Jesus Christ is an amazing person. If you do not know him, may we invite you to join us for a service soon so that we can introduce you to the most incredible person in history?
- The Gospel of John is an excellent book of the Bible to learn more about who Jesus is. The other three Gospels (Mark, Luke and Matthew) provide additional details.
- The Book of Romans was written by a lawyer - the Apostle Paul - and provides such a convincing argument proving that Jesus is who he said he was that this book is studied today in almost every law school.
Salvation: It's Who You Know, Not What You Know
In this world, most people believe that they will go to heaven because of the good things they have done or the bad things they have not done. But according to the Bible, you won't make it to Heaven:
- If you're trusting in your good works. Isaiah 64:6 says, "...All your righteousness are as filthy rags..."
- If you're trusting in your religion or a church to take you to Heaven. John 14:6 says, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Instead, the Bible tells us that the way to heaven is about who you know, not what you know.
If you're thinking that what Jesus did has paved the way for you to go to heaven when you die, you're right. But you have to accept what he did for you by faith. There's nothing you can do to make your own way to heaven. After all, if you could earn your own salvation, why did Jesus have to endure such brutal punishment?
Friend, you are a sinner, like me, in need of a Savior. Trust in the scriptures, not your own philosophy. To be saved, here's what you must do:
- Realize that you are a sinner. Every person who has ever lived, with one exception - Jesus - was a sinner, beginning with Adam and Eve. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
- Sin has a payday, one that you will share in as a sinner. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
- Jesus took the penalty for your sin upon himself so that you wouldn't have to pay it. But you must accept what He did through faith, accepting Christ's death as a payment for your sin. Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
- Pastor Scott Miller
What About Religion?
Many, many people across the world today are trusting in their religion to get them to heaven. You cannot find anywhere in the Bible where religion has the power to get anyone to heaven.
The book of James tells us that "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27)
Why Should I Trust the Bible?
Most people have wondered at some point in their lives about the Bible. Some people believe the Bible is the very word of God, while others consider it nothing more than a bunch of made up stories and fairy tales.
The Bible makes some very important claims and has clearly had a major impact upon human history. Its principles were used by the founders of our country in declaring their independence and structuring a series of laws and structure of government. It also shows us how we can be saved from the punishment of hell that every human that ever lived has already earned. Why take someone else's word for it? You owe it to yourself - and your eternity - to examine the Bible and its claims by reading it and studying it.
At Timberhill Baptist Church we believe the Bible to be the actual, inspired word of God. It is our guide for faith and practice, containing "words of life." If you are tired of living a dead-end life, these words have been written for you.
Why Are There So Many Different Bibles?
The Bible has been translated into hundreds of languages and many different versions. Which Bible you choose to read is a personal decision.
At Timberhill we rely upon the English Bible that has been in continual use for 400 years, the King James Version.