"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." This verse - John 3:16 - is perhaps
the most important in the Bible. Jesus Christ was the son of God, but he was also the son
Jesus had a human mother, Mary (see Luke 1:30-31 for example), but his father was God (see
John 3:18 for example). Jesus was human, not God. Consider 1 Timothy 2:5:"For there is one
God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" There could not be a
clearer statement that Christ was a man.
Because Christ was human he experienced all the trials and temptations that we experience.
Christ, however was strong enough to resist all temptation and lived a life without
sinning - that is without disobeying God."[Jesus Christ] was in all points tempted like as
we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15). Christ was "obedient unto death, even the death
of the cross.". (Philippians 2:8)
"Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:15), or as Paul puts it in
Romans 6:23 " the wages of sin is death". Christ never sinned, and therefore did not earn
the wages of sin. Therefore God raised him from the dead "having loosed the pains of
death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it." (Acts 2:24). The full
story of Christ's death and resurrection can be found in Matthew 27 & 28, Mark 15 & 16,
Luke 23 & 24, and John 18 - 21.
After his resurrection Christ spent some time with his disciples. Then he ascended into
heaven. He will one day return from heaven to rule on earth as King
Jesus Christ lived a sinless life even up to his death by crucifixion. Far from being a
way of appeasing a wrathful God for the sins of Mankind the Crucifixion is really an
example of God's love toward us. Consider Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward
us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.". At first this seems slightly
strange: how was God's love manifested towards us through the Crucifixion?
Through his death Christ gained forgiveness of sins for all who follow him (see
"baptism"). Titus 3:13,14 says "our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he
might redeem us from all iniquity". Redemption is what Christ achieved by his death. It
was sending his son to die this way for the benefit of mankind that God's love is