More songs have been sung to, more paintings have been painted of and more books have been penned about Jesus Christ than any other person in history.
He is the most controversial and the most influential person that has ever lived. Our calendar system is literally based on his human life - B.C. (Before Christ) & A.D. (Anno Domini - the year of the Lord).
But who is Jesus really? The Bible teaches us that He is eternal God, one third of the Trinity. He was there at the beginning of time, and all things were created by and through Him (John 1:1-4).
Because of sin, although He is eternal God, at a point in time Jesus Christ stepped into human history, and became a man (born of a virgin - Mary) to live the perfect life that we can not live, He was murdered on the cross and died a death that He did not deserve to die.
Three days later, Jesus Christ rose from the dead defeating satan, sin and death. The Bible teaches that all authority has been given to Jesus over heaven and earth and that one day He will return to judge everyone who has ever lived for the life they have lived.
No one in and of themselves can live a life that is perfect and pleasing to God. We all by nature are self-absorbed, self-obsessed and self-indulgent. The Bible teaches us that because of our sin, there is separation between us and God.
The Bible also teaches us though, that if we confess our sins and turn away from them, Jesus is faithful and He will forgive us of our sinful, self-focused lives. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is The Way, The Truth and The Life and that no one will come to God the Father apart from Jesus - there is no other way. But, whoever believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who died in our place for our sin will not spend eternity separate from God, but will live eternally in relationship with God.