Purpose: To examine the life, character and teachings of Jesus so that you can come to faith in him and aspire to follow him and come to know God through him. Another helpful study about Jesus is Lord, Liar or Lunatic. See also the additional study: Teach us to Pray related to Mark 1:35. For a variation of this study see Who is Jesus? and for an in-depth look at the prophecies of Jesus, see Evidences for Jesus.
- Hebrews 1:1-3. Jesus is God’s ultimate attempt to communicate with mankind, with us. Illustration: Imagine trying to talk to an ant. How could you do it? God, an all-powerful and all loving Father, sent Jesus, his Son, as the perfect representation of who he is.
- Jesus is the unique Son of God: fully God and fully man! God came to earth as a man in order that we could come to know him. (See also John 1:1; John 1:14)
- Colossians 2:9. All the fullness of God lives in Jesus Christ. This means that every aspect of God’s character can be found in Jesus. Reading through any of the Gospels, the four books that describe Jesus’ life and words will give you insight into God’s character and will for your life. Here are several aspects from Jesus life in the first chapter the Gospel of Mark:
- Mark 1:14-20 Jesus, preached the good news and called men to follow him.
- Mark 1:21-22. Jesus was an amazing teacher whose words were spoken with authority.
- Mark 1:23-28. Jesus cast out demons, showing that the power of God was present in him.
- Mark 1:29-31. Jesus met people’s felt needs and healed the sick.
- Mark 1:32-34. Jesus focused his attention on others and selflessly gave of himself.
- Mark 1:35. Jesus was dependent upon God in prayer for his strength and direction. See Luke 11:1-4 Jesus prayed and taught his disciples to pray. Prayer is not the repetition of words but a heartfelt talk with your Father in Heaven—a time for connection with God.
- Mark 1:36-39. Jesus was consumed with his mission to preach the good news.
- Mark 1:40-42. Jesus was filled with compassion for all people.
- Mark 10:32-34, 45. Jesus came to serve, and gave his perfect life as a ransom for sinners. As predicted, he was rejected by his people and crucified—but he rose from the dead three days later.
- John 14:6. Jesus claimed to be the way, not a way. He claimed to be the truth and not one truth among many. He said he was the life, not just a better life. How important is it that we put our faith, our trust, our obedience in Jesus? (See also Acts 4:12 – No one will make it to the Father unless they come to him through Jesus!)
- 1 John 2:3-6. Knowing Jesus is not just an intellectual exercise. The goal of the Christian is to obey his commands and become more and more like him: to think like Jesus, to act like Jesus, to live like Jesus. Are you ready to passionately commit yourself to following him?
- Suggestion: Choose a Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) and read more about Jesus for yourself. The actual words of Jesus are quoted most in the Book of John. The Book of Mark is a shorter gospel showing more of the actions of Jesus, i.e. what he did.
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