Here at Harrogate Elim we’re committed to making sure that we keep Jesus at the heart of everything we do. By this we mean that we live according to His teachings, in the reality of what He’s done for us, and in a personal and dynamic relationship with Him through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
So it’s really important that we understand who Jesus is.
Jesus is God
Perhaps the most important truth about the man we call Jesus Christ is the fact that He is God. The Bible tells us that when the time was right, He came to us, born as a baby so that He could grow up and redeem us back into God’s family (Galatians 4:4-5). What this means is that the God who made the world, came to that world for us (John 1:9-10). The God who can do anything and knows everything restricted Himself to our human limitations. The eternal God who has no beginning and no end chose to be born in a stable and to die on a cross (Philippians 2:5-8). This is who Jesus Christ really is.
Jesus is our Saviour
The darkest moment in human history is the moment where humanity separated itself from God. We were created by God so that we could have a relationship with Him. Sadly, we chose to live independently from God and break His rules (Genesis 2:15-3:24). The Bible calls this sin, and because God is sinless, and humanity suddenly became sinful, the relationship was broken, and humanity lost its way. Because God is a just and righteous God, He will make sure that all sin is punished (Psalm 7:11), however, God also loves humanity very much and would rather save us than punish us (Romans 6:23). Jesus is our saviour because He chose to die on the cross, as the punishment for our sin. Only Jesus could do this because only someone who was sinless could take the blame for those who were sinful. This means that with our sin removed by the sacrifice of Jesus, we are once again free to enter in a relationship with God (Colossians 1:15-22).
Jesus is Alive
It is true that Jesus died on the cross, but it is also true that He rose from the dead three days later. God said in the Bible that because people had sinned and disobeyed Him, that they would eventually die (Genesis 2:15-17). Jesus died on the cross because He laid down His life willingly, but because He was still sinless He could not stay dead. He had the power to give up His life, but He also had the power to raise it up again (John 10:14-18). After the resurrection, Jesus returned to Heaven and gave us His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:1-11), through whom we can know and experience God. This means that Jesus is alive and accessible today. That is why we are able to pray to Him, have a relationship with Him, be saved and rescued by Him. It also means that because Jesus is alive today, you can get to know Him, today.
Jesus is Coming Back
What Jesus did on the cross changed the world. He dealt with the consequences of sin by taking the punishment for it. Now, we live in a world where the power and penalty of sin in our lives can be overcome if we turn to Jesus. However, the presence of sin still exists. Because of this, sickness, sorrow, pain and death are still things that will creep into our lives. But, Jesus promised that He would one day return and rescue everything from the destructive power of sin (Matthew 24:30-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Jesus’ return will end this time of suffering and begin a new era when humanity may once again live in God’s presence as a part of His family, if, they put their faith in Him and receive His free offer of salvation.
How You Too Can Know Jesus
Despite everything Jesus has done, it is still possible for a person to miss out on His free gift of salvation. The reason for this is that He has opened the door to God for us, but He still lets us chose whether we walk through it or not. You can walk through that door right now in three easy steps..
Accept that you have done wrong in God’s eyes. This means realising that you have sinned and that you need forgiving. Take ownership of your wrongdoings and ask God to forgive you.
Believe that Jesus is God and that He died for your sins. It is only through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that you can receive God’s forgiveness. There is no other way to God or salvation than by this singular act of love that Jesus did for us.
Commit to follow Jesus and ask Him to be the lord of your life. Jesus wants to be your saviour but He also wants to be your lord. Jesus calls you to follow Him, obey Him and enter into a relationship with Him. Ask Him to come into your life and give Him control.
If you want to know more about Jesus or would like to speak to someone about what you have discovered here, please feel free to visit the church or contact us – we would love to hear from you.