Jesus’ claims about himself were so great that everyone must answer the question “Who is Jesus?” Most people have an idea of who Jesus is but it’s often based off TV or movies, a song, a past experience with a Christian, history books, etc… At Core Community Church we are on mission to help people follow the Jesus found in the Bible. So who is this Jesus?

Jesus is Generous

Everyone loves a giver, because as we receive from a giver we feel cared for. Jesus is a generous giver. He freely gives forgiveness and grace to all who ask. Jesus gave himself for the world. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to guide us through this world. Jesus gives salvation so we may live connected to him and live with him in heaven forever. Jesus provides a spiritual family for those who follow him. Jesus is generous with us though we deserve nothing.

John 3:16; Titus 2:11; Galatians 1:4; John 14:15-31; John 14:26; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 5:15; Acts 4:12; Galatians 4:4-6; Psalm 68:5-6; Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus is a Good Friend

Friendships can be difficult. There’s probably been a time where we have been let down by a friend, or where we have been a bad friend. But Jesus is a good friend. He is a perfect friend. He is always a good friend even when we aren’t. Jesus knows we aren’t the best at being friends so he died for our sins to save our friendship. Jesus’ sacrifice for us allows us to daily become better friends with him. Jesus is a good friend who listens to us when we speak to him. He is quick to forgive our sins. He shows us how to live. Ultimately, Jesus is a good friend who loves us better then we can love him.

John 15:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:9; Psalm 66:16-20; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:6; Mark 2:13-17; Romans 8:31-39

Jesus is a Living Savior

When Jesus is spoken of in our world, he is often portrayed as religious figure who is not currently at work. But the truth is that Jesus is alive and is on the move through our world, drawing people to himself with the free offer of forgiveness and life to all of those who would repent of their sin and trust him. His offer for us is not based on anything we do but based on what he has done. Jesus is a living savior inviting us to be the people we were created to be, set free and in relationship with him.

Philippians 1:6; John 5:17; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19

Jesus is a Risen Lord

People spend tons of money to travel and visit the remains of religious figures. But Jesus differs from all other religious figures because his remains cannot be visited. Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after bearing our sins on the cross. After Jesus rose he was seen by hundreds of people, he shared meals with people and he taught his followers. When people doubted if it was him, Jesus would graciously prove it was him. Because Jesus rose from the dead he can be trusted to be a savior who has overcome all things, even death.

1 Corinthians 15:4-6; Mark 16; John 20:19-29; Luke 24:1-35; Matthew 20:18-19; Mark 9:9; John 10:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Jesus is God

Jesus is and always has been God. This is seen to be true throughout all the Bible in the things he does. He rules over creation, he is perfect, he heals the sick, he forgives sin, he defeats Satan, he rose from the grave in victory, he leads the church through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is God which is why he was able to bear the weight of sin on the cross and why he is able to fully forgive you and I of our sin.

Matthew 8:23-27; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; Mark 3:2-6; Matthew 9:35; Mark 5:34; Mark 2:1-12; Hebrews 2:14-15; Colossians 1:18

Jesus is Coming Back

No good superhero ever lets the story end with unfinished business. Jesus, our hero, experienced the brokenness of the world caused by humanity’s sin. But Jesus promised to come back and fix the world. One day when he returns the world will be free from tears, sickness, sin and death. All things will be good and right again because of Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:9-12; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:36; John 14:3; Revelation 1:8; Titus 1:2; Hebrew 6:12; Acts 1:8-11; Revelation 19