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Jesus Christ - The Root of Christianity
Christianity lives from the confession of Jesus Christ and from fellowship with him. The designation Jesus Christ is name and title at the same time. It contains the name "Jesus", which was very common in Palestine during his time, but also the title "Christ": Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah sent by God and anointed with the Holy Spirit, the fulfillment of Old Testament hope. In him God made his promise come true and sent the Savior of the world.
In this title is the confession that Jesus was sent by God alone and that his speeches and actions are entirely directed towards God, therefore "there can be no other name under heaven by which we are to be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Jesus Christ - true man
In Jesus, God himself entered human history. Today no serious researcher denies that Jesus really lived in Palestine and around the year 30 AD. died on the cross under the Roman governor Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. This is evidenced, among other things, by the Roman writer Flavius Josephus. So he was human like all of us. This is how he is described in the Gospels. Not least because of this, the evangelist Luke emphasizes the incarnation of Jesus in the history of birth and childhood.
Only because Jesus really became human can he show solidarity with people and let God's love for people shine through in his thoughts, words and actions. Being human makes it easier for us to relate to him because he lived like us.
As a person, he was shaped by the openness to the will of the Father and the service to people. He carried this thought of service to the utmost for the Father and the people until his death on the cross.
The fact that Jesus is true God and true man at the same time is not just a factual truth for Christians, but a salvation truth. Only when God has entered our human flesh and blood corporeally has he redeemed us in our humanity and finitude. The whole human being would not have been redeemed if Jesus had not been fully human himself.
Jesus Christ - true God
"When you have known me, you will also know my Father."John 4,7)
God's rulership dawns in Jesus Christ, in him God himself appears, yes, he is himself a divine being. God becomes man. So Jesus Christ is true God and true man, and has a divine and a human nature unmixed and undivided in the unity of the same person.
The aim of this connection between God and humanity in the person of Jesus Christ is the participation of all people in the divine nature of the Father. We are to come to the fulfillment of our humanity through communion with God.
Because Jesus is not only man but also God, he claims with authority to speak the word of God and to act in the place of God. Through the resurrection and exaltation of Jesus, God confirmed this claim and established Jesus as Lord. The historical event of Jesus' resurrection thus becomes a sign of God's revelation in his Son and a confirmation of his claim to authority.
The confession of Jesus Christ as the Lord is about the question of the standard and the orientation in our life.
Confession to one Lord is the basis of Christian freedom from many masters. It is therefore not just a claim, but even more a promise, a message of salvation.
His message for us humans "God is love" (1 Jn 4: 8)
Jesus' message, his words and actions are shaped by the message of the coming of the kingdom of God. This message must be understood within the horizon of human longing for peace, freedom, justice, meaning and life.
Jesus proclaims the coming of the rulership of God primarily in the sign of mercy, joy and grace.
This grace is shaped in such a way that God approaches every person, communicates himself and accepts him with love and affection. In this loving self-communication, God grants reconciliation to everyone. God has mercy on sinners and draws them to himself with love. The movement of man towards God corresponds to an anticipatory movement of God towards man. On the cross he spreads his arms and embraces the whole world.
The New Testament sums up Jesus' message in the sentence: "God is love" (1 Jn 4: 8).
The focus of the message of Jesus and the speaking of the kingdom of God is man and his salvation. Jesus breaks through the abundance of laws and individual regulations and thus comes again and again to the original will of God. God wants human salvation, that is what the laws serve, not the other way around.
Jesus does not ask for anything that he does not exemplify. He goes the way forward. His own behavior is characterized by love, mercy, loyalty, peacefulness, and a willingness to forgive. He "did not come to be served, but to serve (Mk 10.45). This is also how his miracles are to be understood: as acts of signs that illustrate God's will to salvation and salvation.
Acts 4,12 = New Testament, Acts, chapter 4, verse 12
1 John 4,7 = New Testament, 1 John, chapter 4, verse 7
1 John 4: 8 = New Testament, 1 John, chapter 4, verse 8
Mk 10.45 = New Testament, Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, verse 45
Author (s): Ulrich Janson
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