Jesus is fully human (John 1:14). To know what it looks like to be a complete, whole, and perfect human, no one needs look further than Jesus (Phil. 2:5-8). He came to earth as a human, endured our sufferings, afflictions, and temptations, yet he lived his entire life perfectly, something we are incapable of doing because of our sin. In his humanity, he represents us all before God (Heb. 2:17, 1 John 2:2).
Jesus is fully God (John 1:18; 10:30; 17:11, 22; Romans 8:13, 1 John 4:2). He humbled himself as a human, died on the cross, then was exalted and is given God’s name (in other words, he is God), and he is to be worshiped by all (Phil 2:8-11). If a person knows Jesus, he knows God because they are one in the same (John 14:9).
The cross is the center of the Christian faith and the message of the Gospel. It is where Jesus endured a brutal death, bearing the burden of all sin and death, and paying the penalty of that sin that God’s wrath might be satisfied (Rom. 1:18; 3:21-26; 5:9; Eph. 2:13). In doing this, he atoned for our sins, meaning that in God’s eyes, we get credit for what Jesus has done. God sacrificed himself like this for us because of his great love for us (John 4:8-12). The atonement of Christ has reversed the curse of sin and now healing to our souls, bodies, and our world is made possible (Matt. 8:17).
Jesus’ resurrection was foretold by Jesus and was God’s plan for defeating death (Acts 2:24) and corruption (Acts 13:32-35) and making way for his ascension and the ministry of the church. Because Jesus rose from death on the third day after his crucifixion, all things are made new for those in Christ (2 Cor. 5:14-17). The resurrection of Jesus also represents God’s redemptive work in all things. There is a day coming when all things will be made new. This is our hope and mission to bring God’s newness to this world.