Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was chosen before the world began to be the Savior of the world. He is the second member of the Godhead, which consists of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Firstborn of God. He was prepared from the beginning to be our Savior and provide a way for us to repent to return to God.
Jesus came to earth through a divine miracle. His mother was a mortal woman named Mary, who was chosen for her righteousness. Jesus’ Father was God. Mary was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. She learned of her coming pregnancy from an angel. Joseph, her betrothed, also learned of the pregnancy through an angel. Mary was a virgin the day she gave birth to the Savior of the World.
Jesus was born in a stable. Mary and Joseph had traveled from their home to Bethlehem as part of a Roman tax. All the inns were full of other travelers participating in the tax, and a stable was the only shelter they could find. An angel sent shepherds to witness the newborn child and to receive testimony of His divinity.
Jesus lived thirty-three years. He began His formal ministry at age thirty. Jesus’ baptism was unique, because in His case it was not for the forgiveness of sin. He was perfect and had no sin to be cleansed of. Jesus was baptized because baptism was a commandment from His Father, and Jesus knew He must obey all of His Father’s commandments.
During His ministry, Jesus focused His teachings on the Jews, the tribes of Israel. He performed a variety of miracles and spent time serving others. He set an example for everyone to follow. Some people were offended because Christ associated with sinners and other outcasts of society. Jesus explained that He didn’t come to save perfect people—He came to teach sinners the gospel. He knew that all people are loved by their God regardless of wealth or status.
The culminating event of Jesus’s ministry was His resurrection. Jesus knew that His time on earth was coming to an end. The Savior went into the Garden of Gethsemane and atoned for our sins. As He suffered for each of our sins, the pain was so great He bled from every pore.
The atonement in Gethsemane continued on the cross, where Jesus Christ was hung to die by His enemies. Jesus had the power to save Himself but voluntarily suffered died for our sakes. Three days later, He rose from the dead, breaking the bonds of death. We will all be resurrected because Jesus was. We can live with God forever if we repent of our sins through the power of Jesus Christ.