Is Jesus Christ a man, or is he God?

Jesus Christ is most definitely God. He created Adam and Eve, the first man
and woman, in his image. He is the Creator of the universe. The Bible says, "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made" (John 1:3). This includes all the stars, all the original animals and plants, and even the angels (Colossians 1:15-17). It is important not be confused. God did not create Jesus. Jesus is God, and he has always existed. Jesus proved that he is God by doing many things that only God could do. These are called miracles. He made dead people alive. He walked across a great lake. He made blind eyes see perfectly again. He healed deadly diseases with a word. The exciting truth is that Jesus is now also a man, and will remain so for all eternity. He humbled himself to become like one of his own creations. He chose to become a man to help us in an extremely important way. This amazing event happened about 2-thousand years ago. The results have changed the world forever. The part of God that is called the Holy Spirit created God's human body inside of a woman named Mary (Matthew 1:20). God went into this human body that grew inside of Mary. The baby was born and grew into a man. At various times in the past, Jesus had appeared to people in human form. One example is when he appeared to Abraham just before the judgment of the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. But now, for the first time in history, God did not simply appear as man, he became fully human. Yet, he is still God. He is both God and man. One huge difference between this man and every other man and woman, or boy and girl, is that Jesus was (and still is) sinless. We humans are full of sin. We sin every day. Jesus never did anything wrong, not even once. No matter what temptations came to him, he refused to sin. He has always remained pure and perfect. Isn't it amazing to think about?! Our Creator walked among us. Like us, our Almighty God smelled the flowers and touched the animals that he had created. He loved boys and girls.

As a man, God experienced the same temptations that we feel (Hebrews 2:18). He suffered the same kind of physical pains that we suffer with. He also experienced emotional pain. He even wept about the city of Jerusalem (John 11:35). He was ignored, unappreciated, unloved, misunderstood, and even despised -- even though he did nothing wrong, and always loved everyone (1 Peter 2:23). Not only is Jesus Christ the greatest man that ever lived; he is our Creator. He deserved all glory and honor! I am sure that you have heard what people did to him. It was horribly painful and terribly unjust. He had the power to stop their torture and taunting at any time. His power is awesome beyond anything we can understand. Yet, he did not defend himself. He let himself be like a perfect, innocent little lamb that hurt no one, and was sacrificed for the sins of the people. He did this for us, because he loves us. Only he could pay the price for our sins. Only he could save us from the punishment we deserve. He suffered for us (1 Peter 2:21; 3:18; 4:1). Today, he lives in Heaven and works to help us (Romans 8:34). The Bible tells us that one day he will return to earth to become the rightful king of the entire world. That will be a most wonderful time! Finally, we will have a leader that is good and wise in every way. The earth will be filled with God's glory and justice. Life on this planet will become so much better. Even the dangerous animals will become harmless (the wolf will lie down with the lamb) (Isaiah 11:6). Is Jesus Christ God or man? The amazing answer is BOTH; he is God and man. Why did God become a man? God did this wonderful thing for various reasons, including: 1. To fulfill the prophecies of God's Word 2. To satisfy the law, paying for all who are guilty of sin (Isa. 53; Heb. 9:12,15). By his sacrifice, he purchased the right to give us salvation. 3. To show us an example of how to live, and to tell us important stories faceto-face.

There are many other fascinating things to learn about God!

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If Jesus is God, how could he die? If Jesus died on the cross, then how can he be alive today? Answer... Learn about why God made a human body for himself and came to earth. Watch the fascinating story of his life on earth. [exciting on-line video: The Hope] What does the name "Jesus" mean? Answer... What does the name "Christ" mean? Answer... Learn interesting facts about the birth of Jesus Christ About Christ's resurrection from the dead Frequently asked questions about Jesus Christ

Also, watch God's Story: From Creation to Eternity

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How and why did God greatly humbled himself? Answer... God (in our WebBible Encyclopedia) Incarnation (in our WebBible Encyclopedia) Trinity (in our WebBible Encyclopedia) Has science disproved the miracles associated with Jesus Christ? Answer... Was Jesus Christ only a legend? Answer... Isn't the virgin birth of Jesus Christ mythological and scientifically impossible? Answer... The Law - its purpose (using the Law in evangelism) Are you good enough to go to Heaven? Answer... Redemption (in our WebBible Encyclopedia) Does God feel our pain? Answer...

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