Without the Bible, we probably wouldn’t have guessed that, despite our disobedience, God solved the problem without relying on us in any way:
“God did what the law could not do (because human nature was weak) … by sending his own Son … to do away with sin. Rom 8:3
“there is One who brings God and mankind together, the man Jesus Christ, who gave Himself to redeem (set free) all of mankind.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Jesus is the solution because of WHO He is and WHAT He did on the cross. This page is meant to help you talk about these two things in simple language. We can be brief, because we can talk in more detail later, if the person brings up further questions after having heard the entire message.
Who Jesus is
The question of “who Jesus is” is essential in order to explain “What Jesus did.”
WHO: “Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God … the Son has in Himself the full nature of God.” (Col 1:15 & 19). Romans 1:3-4 presents Jesus as true man: “as to his human nature, he was a descendant of David,” and also as God: “declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.” “what Jesus did” would not have had significance were it not for “who Jesus is.” If he were not human, he could not have died for sin. If he If he were not sinless, he would not have been qualified as a sacrifice for sin, (the Bible teaches: “Christ was without sin,” 2 Cor 5:21). If He were not God, that death would not have been of such enormous value.
What Jesus Did
WHAT: “Christ has appeared … to remove sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Heb 9:26. “Christ Himself carried our sins in His body to the cross.” 1 Peter 2:24