Its All About
No one is more loved or hated than Jesus.
This is not surprising, since he’s the most famous person in all of human history. More songs have been sung to him, artwork created of him, and books written about him than anyone who’s ever lived. Even our calendar is based off his life, dividing time before and after him.
Naturally, someone this important will have fans and foes.
And a lot of people have an idea of who Jesus is.
They may get this idea from TV or movies, maybe from past church experience and Sunday School felt boards, from history books, or maybe from just hearsay.
But just because we have ideas of who Jesus is doesn’t mean we actually know Jesus.
At East Avenue, we’re all about Jesus—and the only way to get to know Jesus is to understand what the Bible says about him, which includes what he said about himself.
Jesus said He was God.
Mark 14:61-64: "But [Jesus] remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?' And Jesus said, 'I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.' And the high priest tore his garments and said, 'What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?' And they all condemned him as deserving death."
John 8:58-59: "Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was [born], I am.' So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple."
John 10:30-33: "'I and the Father are one.' The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, 'I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?' The Jews answered him, 'It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.'"
John 14:8-9: "Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?"
Jesus said He forgives sin.
Mark 2:5: “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’”
Most of the worlds resources are spent dealing with the effects of sin (i.e war, poverity, and sickness) Despite all of that, there is still no resource, tool, or way provided by the orginizations of man to forgive sins. At best religious orginizations teach that there is a way to pay God back or that there is a way to modify our behavior enough so that we are good enough to merit forgiveness. That isn't actually forgiveness though. Only Jesus taught actuall forgiveness, because Jesus was God all sin was actually committed against Him, meaning only He has ultimate authority to forgive sin.
Jesus said He came to suffer.
Mark 8:31: "And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders of the chief priest and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again."
Mark 10:45: "The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Jesus taught that in order for sins to be forgiven a debt would have to be pain. That debt that all of humanity rightfully owed but could never pay. In order to reconcille man to God, Jesus came to earth to offer Himself up on the cross as a "ransom" in order to pay the debt that we owed.
Jesus said He would be resurrected.
Mark 8:31: "...After three days rise again."
I Corinthians 15:17: “If Christ has not been raised your faith is futile."
Of all the things that Jesus said this one might be the craziest. Physical––bodily resurrection after death, no one had ever heard of such a thing, and yet thats what Jesus claimed. But it also could be considered one of the most important things Jesus ever said, because as Paul writes if Jesus hasn't been resurrected than our faith is futile. However, if He has been resurrected than everything He said, did, or promised would be true. At East Avenue we believe Jesus is risen! And we think we have good reason to believe so.