God created man in His
nature of love, mercy, peace, faithfulness and truth.
He instructed him to tend the garden and not to eat of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Apparently
man only knew about good, God's nature and not of evil.
By giving man instructions it is clear that man was
also created with the ability to reason and make
decisions. This must be true as he decided to believe a
lie and chose to act upon it. By this act of rebellion
man separated himself from God and allowed Satan to
control him through death. Man now needed a redeemer to
remove his sins and the power over him. But what would
that take? Not sacrifices of bulls and goats (Hebrews
A Savior Prophesied
In lesson 4
Abraham was told that through him all nations of
the earth would be blessed.
God said that
through David, a descendant of Isaac, Abraham's son
of promise, "He shall build a house for my name,
and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for
ever" (2 Samuel 7:13).
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:
behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel [meaning God with
us]" (Isaiah 7:14).
years later the angel Gabriel told the virgin Mary
she would have a son and "shall call his name
Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son
of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him
the throne of his father David, and he will reign
over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom
there will be no end" (Luke 1:31-33).
birth was announced by the angel to
Baptist, testified "Behold, the Lamb of God, who
takes away the sin of the world!" (John
At his immersion
in the Jordan River by John "a voice from heaven
said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well
pleased'" (Matthew 3:17).
In the synagogue
in his home town of Nazareth Jesus read from the
prophet Isaiah "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to
the poor" and "He then to them "Today this
Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke
To confirm these
statements Jesus publically healed many sick, blind,
deaf and raised up some who had died, one whose body
The Atoning Sacrifice
A sinless blood sacrifice was needed to remove sin from
Therefore, Christ offered to God His earthly body as
that sacrifice allowing the Romans and Jews to crucify
Him. He was buried in a borrowed tomb. God accepted His
offering by resurrecting Him which removed all doubt
that Jesus was God who came to earth in the flesh of
man, His creation. This was necessary as men need to
know they could put their trust in Christ and in His
power and authority to forgive sins.
The masses had heard His teachings but did not
understand. They were so different than their
traditions. His was a message of Love. As shown in the
the Son of Man came to seek and to save the
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest."
2 Peter_3:9 "The
Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some
count slowness, but is patient toward you, not
wishing that any should perish, but that all should
"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you,
the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And
there is salvation in no one
else, for there is no other name
under heaven given among men by which we must be
"In him [Christ] we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according
to the riches of his grace 8 which he lavished upon
The Good News -
Therefore since redemption is found in Christ, then
Christ must be the Good News, the Gospel, which is
summed up as follows:
In the beginning
was the Word, Jesus, Christ, Anointed One,
The Word became
flesh and lived among men.
Christ had no
obedient to the Father's will even His death on the
Him from the grave thereby conquering death,
freeing man from Satan's grip - the direct result
back from where He descended, Heaven.
He taught that
those who were cleansed of sin following their
death to sin and burial by immersion in water into
His death and who continued to walk faithfully in
His Word would live eternally with Him.
It is in Him, Christ, that we are reconciled for "Jesus
answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me'." (John
14:6) And "This is love for God: to obey His commands.
And his commands are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3)
1. Jesus was God who came to earth in human form to
become the atoning sacrifice for mans sins?
2. There is no proof or witnesses that Jesus had the
authority and power of God
3. Where is salvation found
4. The Good News is Christ, His life, death, burial,
resurrection and ascension that provided man the
opportunity to be forgiven of their sins and be
reconciled to God?
5. There are many ways to come and be reconciled to the