About Jesus

John’s gospel, one of the books in the Bible, starts with the words “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” …and then a bit later continues…  “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John is telling us about Jesus. He tells us that Jesus is God.

Jesus is part of the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus was and is God who became flesh. He lived as a man and gave himself for us so that we would experience salvation and be able to live in relationship with God in complete freedom, knowing that we are secure with him for all time, loved and cherished and accepted irrespective of our behaviour.

Jesus was and is an example of how we should live and how we can live, but as someone once said,
“Jesus did not come to make bad men good, but to make dead men live”. He loved, he cared, he spoke boldly against empty religion and obeyed his Father all the way to the cross of crucifixion. 

Salvation

The “Old Testament” is the part of the Bible that tells the story of relationship between God and the people of Israel before Jesus’ time. Throughout the Old Testament it is clear that people have to reach a certain standard to be acceptable to God, but that they can’t meet that standard. Sacrifices are therefore made as the penalty to “atone for” sin that affects every person both by nature and action.

However, the blood of animals is not an adequate substitute for the real penalty - our own blood - and this is where Jesus comes in. He lived a life far superior to ours, in fact, a perfect life. He therefore provided the sacrifice that was absolutely perfect. His sacrifice is sufficient for all of us to receive the free gift of life that we don’t deserve instead of the punishment each one of us does deserve.

When we recognise our need for Jesus and choose to follow him, we can immediately enter into that new life. This new life is “salvation” and is brought about by the action of the Spirit of God in us. To use Jesus’ words, we are “born again”. 

Relationship

Salvation is the entry into relationship with God. We receive life as a gift and are then able to live it!

This is where the Spirit of Jesus comes in, as he continues to work in our hearts to bring us closer to him. As a result of this relationship, we will also find that our conduct starts to change as we choose to satisfy our desire for him rather than our desire for selfish actions. We become sons of God when we are saved - we are immediately part of his family, so as well as relating to Jesus, we also know God as our Father and other Christians as brothers and sisters. All of this is what Jesus does for us! Relationship is the heart of the issue. Relationship is throughout the Bible and is what Jesus really came for.

If you want to find Jesus for yourself, please get in touch with us and we can put you in touch with him! You can email us at
admin@citychurchdundee.org  join an Alpha course or simply come along on a Sunday.

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