GOT QUESTIONS READING PLAN  



Jesus





Jesus is our savior, our friend, and our God. To know how to respond to Him — to love Him — we first need to know Him. We do that by studying His word.


The Identity of Jesus

The Nature of Jesus
Jesus is exactly Who He needs to be in order to save us. It is that same nature that also causes Him to love us. Only He is Who we need Him to be.

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The Names of Jesus
Christ, Lamb of God, Prince of Peace, second Adam — each of Jesus' names refer to an aspect of His character and His relationship to us. Knowing His names helps us know Him.

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Jesus the Son
Jesus is God's only begotten Son, the first-born over creation, the Son of God, Man, and David. That puts Him in a unique position to save us.

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Jesus the Sovereign
Despite what some cults teach, Jesus is not only our High Priest, He is God. He is King of kings and Lord of lords and worthy of our worship.

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Jesus God
Jesus is our High Priest and the Son of God, but He is also God. This is not a contradiction, and it is not tri-theism. It is a part of the the relationship and the truth of the Trinity.

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Jesus is Man
Some sects accept that Jesus is God but deny His humanity. They fail to recognize that in order to be the perfect sacrifice for mankind, He had to become mankind.

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The Ministry of Jesus

The Beginning of Jesus' Ministry
Jesus' beginnings on earth were crucial to His later ministry. As familiar as we are with the Christmas story, there are other aspects we'd do well to understand.

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Jesus' Mission and Teaching
Jesus taught within the context of Judaism; He was a rabbi and a prophet, and His teaching built on and completed Judaism. The difference being, He was also God.

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Jesus on Earth
There are specifics about Jesus' ministry that doesn't directly relate to the gospel, but it does show His character. The better we know Jesus, the more His message resonates.

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The Events in Jesus' Ministry
Certain significant events in Jesus' ministry that illustrate how He is fully God and fully man. They also show that He is fully our Savior.

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Jesus' Miracles
Thomas Jefferson was so confused by the miracles in the Bible that he literally cut them out. But Jesus' miracles were literal and show that His message is true.

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Our Relationship to Jesus
It's important to know Who Jesus is and what He did, but it's equally vital to know how that applies to us. Everything we are is based on our relationship to Him.

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The Truth of Jesus

Christological Apologetics
Jesus is unlike any other religious figure in the world. Understanding how He is different will bolster our faith and help us explain the gospel to others.

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Biblical Apologetics
Jesus fulfills dozens of Old Testament prophecies, showing that Jesus is consistent with the Jewish Messiah. The New Testament continues to explain Who He is.

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Legend
There have been fictional legends about Jesus since the beginning. Even today, culture likes to twist Jesus' story to deceive and entertain. Knowing the truth is crucial for all believers.

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The Crucifixion of Jesus

Preparation
Very quickly, Jesus went from being lauded as king and loved as rabbi to being betrayed, spat on, and tortured. And that was just the beginning.

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The Cross
Before the cross was an iconic identifier of Jesus-followers, it was an instrument of supreme torture. What Jesus experienced on the cross was excruciating — and absolutely necessary for us.

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Jesus' Death
Jesus' death was the most unjust and important event in history. When He took on the weight of our sinfulness while hanging on the cross, He provided the way for our salvation.

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The Resurrection
Jesus' resurrection is proof that God accepted His sacrifice for our sins. Defending the truth of the resurrection is imperative for spreading the gospel.

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Other Sources
Jesus' crucifixion has been the basis for prophecy and tradition outside the New Testament. Knowing the truth about the crucifixion will help us discern the veracity of other sources.

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