who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

The Bible tells us that God loves people and created a good world where He and people lived in close relationship, but that people chose to go their own way (sin) and break fellowship with God. "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
  • The cost for sinning, rejecting God, was and is great - Death. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23a.
  • But God, because of His great love for us, sent Jesus to die in our place. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans5:8
  • By paying our sin price, death, He became the one and only bridge back to God, to eternal life. "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23b
  • The decision we need to make is to take that first step of faith to trust Jesus and receive Him into our heart. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" John 1:12
  • Upon choosing Christ, the Bible tells us that we now KNOW that we have eternal life and a place in heaven. "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." I John 5:13

You can get started in your new relationship with God through Jesus, by announcing your decision to trust Christ through a prayer like this:

"Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life, make me the person You want me to be."

Please share your decision with someone and take steps to get connected into a church family. We at Community Bible Church would love to have you be a part of our family! Our desire is to encourage you to trust Christ and to help you grow in Him. To speak with one our our leaders, contact the church office at 717.426.1345.

The Story of God


This is a story found in the Bible, about God, a being who has always existed and is the creator of everything. God is the only one in this story who always does what is good, right and perfect–the Bible calls him holy. While God created the foundations of the earth, angels (his first creation) were there watching. They sang together and worshiped God... but some of these angels rebelled against God and his ways. The Bible teaches that all rebellion against God is called sin. And because of God's holiness he will not allow sin to remain in his presence, so he sent the rebellious angels, now known as demons, down into darkness on the earth.

Then God decided to create other beings, called humans, in his own image. God said, "Let us make man in our image to be like us." He then prepared the earth as a place for the humans to live—filling the earth with plants, birds, fish and animals of all kinds. God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, and placed them in a beautiful garden and trusted them to care for and rule over all of his creation on earth. He told them, "be fruitful and multiply."

Daily, God would come and spend time with the humans, walking with them in the cool of the day. He showed them how to live in the best possible way—a life lived close to God and under his protection—a life that is full and complete and eternal. God looked at all that he had created and saw that it was very good!


Unfortunately, Adam and Eve eventually chose to rebel against God and his authority, choosing to live in their own ways instead of his. Since God will not allow evil and rebellion to remain in his presence, Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden, away from God. Separated from God and no longer following his ways, they were now subject to sickness, pain, and death. God told them, "The way you have chosen to live will bring you great struggles and pain, and then you will return to the ground from which you came." Not only were these humans now separated from God because of their sin, but they would also suffer death as they were separated from the Giver of Life.

After leaving the garden, the number of humans on earth grew rapidly. Sin spread from Adam and Eve to their sons and it continued to spread from generation to generation. Even though humans were created in God's image, everyone chose to disobey God. They all constantly acted out in violence against each other. This went on for thousands of years.

redemption | rescue

Then God established a special relationship and a covenant promise—representing the deepest of all agreements—with a man named Abraham. God told Abraham, "I'll make you the father of a great nation and famous throughout history. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. The entire earth will be blessed through your descendants. l will always be your God and you will always be my people."

Abraham's family, called the Israelites, were to be a new kind of people who would show the world what it means to once again live in God's ways. God gave them a vast amount of land where they enjoyed his blessings as they grew into a large nation.
But as time went by, the Israelites began doing what was right in their own eyes and rebelled against God and his laws. They stopped trusting in God and worshiped idols—people, things, wealth and power—over God. In their rebellion, the Israelites faced great struggles and ended up a defeated nation of slaves. But God continued to love his people and promised that one day one of their descendants would come to rescue and restore humanity, and all of creation, back to the way God originally created it.

Then there were 400 years of silence between God and his people. The Israelites, called Jews, had been under the control of other nations for hundreds of years. They were now ruled by Rome, the most powerful empire the world had ever known.

Finally, God sent an angel to a young woman named Mary in the town of Nazareth. The angel appeared to her and said, "You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will become a king whose kingdom will never end! This will happen supernaturally by God's Spirit, so this baby will be called God's Son."

God revealed to Mary and her soon-to-be-husband Joseph that this boy was the long awaited Messiah King, the one whom God promised he'd send to rescue his people! Sure enough, the next year Mary gave birth to a son whom she named Jesus, which means "the God who saves." Jesus grew up in both height and wisdom, and was loved by God and everyone who knew him. He lived a remarkable life, always choosing to live in God's ways and do what was good, right and perfect.

As a man, Jesus called people to follow him, inviting them to be a part of what he called the kingdom of God, calling people to once again live under God's rule and reign. He said, "God blesses those who realize their need for him; the humble and poor, the gentle and merciful—the kingdom of God belongs to them. God blesses the pure in heart and those who hunger and thirst to be with him." He taught people that the kingdom of God is within our hearts.

He said, "God showed his great love for people by sending me—his only son—to this world. Anyone who believes in me and lives in my ways will find life that is complete and eternal! He sent me here to save people, not to judge them. Those who want to live in sin and darkness will reject me and bring God's judgment on themselves. But those who want to live in God's ways will trust me and live forever!"

As God had promised, he sent Jesus to rescue humanity from sin and the penalty of death. God accepted Jesus’ perfect life in place of our own. Jesus was brutally beaten and died painfully on a wooden cross, taking the punishment that all of rebellious humanity deserved! Three days later Jesus conquered death when God raised him back to life and he was seen by over 500 eyewitnesses.


Soon afterward, Jesus went to be with his Father in heaven, rising up into the clouds right before his followers' eyes! He promised that he would send his own Holy Spirit to come and dwell within them. The Spirit would remind them of all Jesus taught, transform their hearts to be like Jesus and give them power to walk in the ways of God like Jesus did. Jesus also sent his followers to go out and tell others about him—his life and his sacrifice for their sins—and lead them to trust him and walk in his ways.

This was the beginning of what the Bible calls the Church—a community of people all over the world who, because of Jesus, once again enjoy a life that is full and complete—living in the ways of God. We can join this amazing story... the story continues with us!

The Bible also tells us the end of this story... Jesus promised to come back one day to destroy all evil, sin, and rebellion. Then there will be no more sickness, pain, or death. God's kingdom will come in fullness, and everyone and everything will live under his rule. Until then, we get to live in God's ways, giving people a foretaste of what life is like in the kingdom.

The Gospel Primer, Caesar Kalinowski, Missio Publishing, Ohio, 2013,
pp. 30-31.

Want to know more about jesus, God, or the Bible?

Here are some books and online resources to help you on your journey:

How Good is Good Enough? by Andy Stanley

“Surely there's more than one way to get to heaven? Bestselling author Andy Stanley reveals that believing that all good people go to heaven raises major problems. Readers will find out why Jesus taught that goodness is not even a requirement to enter heaven, and why Christianity is more than fair.”
“Do you have a question about God, Jesus, the Bible, or theology? Do you need help understanding a Bible verse or passage? Are there any spiritual issues in your life for which you need advice or counsel?”

More Than A Carpenter by Josh and Sean McDowell

“Former skeptic Josh McDowell is joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer.”
“A safe place to explore questions about life and God.”

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

“Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates who are specialists in the areas of old manuscripts, textual criticism, and biblical studies.”

Youversion bible app

Search by the title of the plan in the YouVersion Bible app or use the direct links below.
The Pursuit: Chasing After Your New Life in Christ
by Ryan Abernathy (28-day plan) | GO TO PLAN
“Now that you are a Christian, you may be asking questions. What just happened? How do I learn more about God? If you will plan to spend at least five or ten minutes a day alone with God reading this short Bible study, you will learn a lot about God and what has just happened in your life.”
First Steps for New Believers (7-day plan)  
“The decision to follow Jesus is just the beginning of our spiritual journey. It is not just a moment in time but the start of change in our lives. We must learn how to understand what God desires, how to communicate with Him, and how to start living a life centered around our commitment to follow Him. This simple devotional walks you through each of these initial steps.”
Tough Questions with Pastor Mike
by Pastor Mike Novotny  |  GO TO PLAN
“Do you have spiritual questions that you'd love answers for? Questions regarding faith, religion, God, or the Bible? Watch this video series to get some answers so you can be more certain of the things you hear God saying in His Word.”

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