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Who is Jesus?

[Jesus] said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you..." -Matthew 16:15-16
JESUS IS REDEMPTION FROM ADAM
In the beginning, the first Adam (Genesis 2:15) condemned us on a tree (Genesis 3:1), sinning by omission (Genesis 3:10), abdicating his responsiblity (Genesis 3:12), therefore cursing the human race (Genesis 3:17). Thankfully, Jesus, the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), redeemed us on a tree (1 Peter 2:24), lived without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), taking responsiblity (1 John 4:10), becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3:13), thereby redeeming those who trust in him (John 3:15)...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS CULMINATION OF PROPHETS
In the old testament, God’s messengers to his people were called prophets (Matthew 23:34). Through them, God spoke His redemptive plan reminding the people He loved that he was always involved. Jesus is our final, authorative Prophet (Matthew 21:11) fulfilling what all other prophets said for generations (Luke 24:25). Jesus serves to speak as God (John 1:14), echoing the prophets of old (2 Chronicles 7:14), calling us to turn away from sin (Acts 3:19), back towards himself (Matthew 11:28), rather than the burden of the law (Luke 11:46)...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS INTERCESSION AS PRIEST
In contrast to prophets, priests were mediators who approached God on behalf of his people (Hebrews 5:1). Jesus is our perfect, great High Priest (Hebrews 9:11) who intercedes on our behalf by his death on the cross (Romans 8:34). Jesus advocates for us and pleads our case to the Father (1 John 2:1)...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS REPARATION AS KING
Throughout history, kings were rulers who governed God's people (Romans 13:1) ensuring order and establishing dominion. Jesus perfectly leads as our trustworthy, good, and faithful King (1 Timothy 6:15) and will one day bring about the fullness of his Kingdom (Ephesians 1:10). The idea of Jesus' kingdom in the Bible is not simply about a territory or state. It carries with it the idea of his ruling and reigning activity over the hearts of men and women (Colossians 3:15), everywhere, for all time (Philippians 2:10-11). Jesus is the first and only perfect potentate we can look to, who is fair and just (Romans 3:29), who brings about reconcilliation (2 Corinthians 5:18) between God and his people...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS CONCLUSION OF SACRIFICES
In the old testament, God required animal sacrifices to provide a temporary covering of sin (Leviticus 4:35, 5:10). Animal sacrifice is an important theme found throughout Scripture because “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). This served to foreshadow the perfect and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:7), who would end all sacrifices (Hebrews 7:27). This includes the ending of all religious ritual (Galatians 2:16) or human effort (Galatians 3:3) which serves to try and make us right before God. Jesus did it once and for all (Hebrews 10:10)...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS LIBERATION FROM DEATH
The Bible says that sin is like heavy burden (Psalm 38:4), a heavy stone (John 8:7), one we labor to carry by our own strength (Luke 11:46). Further, there is the seemingly hopless reality (Ephesians 2:12) that we are blind to our condition (Romans 2:19), slave to our sin (John 8:34), dead in our trespasses (Ephesians 2:1), awaiting the just penalty of a just God (Romans 6:23). However, through his death and resurrection, he removes this burden (Matthew 11:30), he casts those stones aside (Micah 7:19), carries them for us (1 Peter 2:24), and sets us free (Luke 4:18) from the penalty of death (1 Corinthians 15:55)...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS PROTECTION AS SHEPHERD
Scripture is clear, Jesus is our chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4) and head of the church (Colossians 1:18). Therefore, the church has only one Senior Pastor; the church recognizes only one pope; the church knows only one vicar: Jesus. We trust in Jesus alone to faithfully lead us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) and speak through his Word (John 3:34) in all matters of life and church government (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Further, we can rest assured that Jesus is a good Shepherd, (John 10:14) who protects his flock by laying his life down (John 10:11), who will never leave us or foresake us (Deuteronomy 31:6)...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS INCARNATION AS GOD
The Bible refers to God as the living Word (John 1:1), who is Jesus (1 John 5:20), who has no beginning (Colossians 1:15) or end (Luke 1:33). He came to live among us (John 1:14), truly divine (Colossians 2:9), to show us what God is like (John 14:9). He is the second person in the Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17), through whom all things were created (Colossians 1:16), giving him authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18) to justify us (Romans 4:25) before a holy God (Mark 1:24)...
...and that's good news.

JESUS IS MEDIATION AS MAN
In addition to being truly God, Jesus was truly human (1 John 4:2), who really felt (John 12:27), who was really tempted (Hebrews 2:18), and who really suffered (Hebrews 5:8). In so doing, we have a God who was in every regard like us (Hebrews 2:17) except sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), serving as a mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) who was able to sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15), as so to overcome them for our benefit (John 16:33)...
...and that's good news.