The door to life

The door to life

Wonderful

Jesus is the key to find God, so let’s find out more about Him. The Lord Jesus Christ was unique indeed: born of a human mother, but with God as His biological Father[1]. Jesus Christ was therefore fully God[2] and fully Man[3]. God is one in essence, and at the same time three in person: God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit are one[4].

God being one yet triune, explains why God is stating that no one can see Him and live[5], and yet even in the Old Testament some people saw God’s visible appearance[6]. That was the Lord Jesus[7], being the Father’s representative on earth, appearing as the Angel of the Lord in the time of the Old Testament. This may all sound quite difficult to understand with our mind… but after all, it´s not for nothing that one of the Names of the Lord Jesus is “Wonderful”[8]!

To make it very clear: Jesus Christ is not another God, but He and God the Father are one[9]. Jesus Christ is God’s Son[10] and the true reflection of God the Father[11].

Fulfilled promises

The Lord Jesus Christ was and is the Messiah of Israel, fulfilling all the prophecies in the Old Testament. He was born in Bethlehem[12] and the Son of David[13]. Legally Jesus Christ was the first son of his earthly non-biological father Joseph (royal line by King David’s son Salomo[14]), therefore the official heir to King David’s throne. Biologically Jesus also descended from King David, through his mother’s line (by King David’s son Nathan[15]). The book of Daniel even predicted the exact moment when the Messiah would be “cut of”: the only Person this could have applied to in that specific period of time was Jesus Christ[16]. Jesus Christ was indeed the Messiah (in Greek “Christos”) He claimed to be[17]. The 1st century Romano-Jewish historian Flavius Josephus correctly stated Jesus was the Christ in his historical books[18]. Furthermore: Jesus Christ proved Who He was by what He did: healing so many sick. Three times He even raised a dead person to life[19].

The pure and righteous Lamb

Being the Servant of the Lord, Jesus Christ came to earth live a life in obedience to God[20]. God had a specific plan, which was already revealed in the Old Testament: He wanted to sacrifice His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to obtain forgiveness for the sins of the people[21]. Only a righteous Man without sin could do this[22]. God is holy and just and therefore cannot close His eyes for sins, as explained before. Only the sacrifice and bloodshed of a completely innocent and pure Man, without sins, could be the solution to forgive sins[23]. The only Man having all required qualifications… was His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Until the crucifixion of Jesus Christ a lamb used to be sacrificed in the temple in Jerusalem for the sins of the people[24]. Being the only Human ever without sins, Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God[25]. His sacrifice on the cross was perfect and complete[26]. Jesus shed His blood when dying on the cross, that’s how He obtained forgiveness for the sins of all people that believe in Him[27].

After the cross Jesus did not stay dead. He rose from death after three days[28]. Right now, He lives in heaven at God’s right hand[29]. He is the living Lord of all, having all authority in heaven and on earth[30].

Your Judge or your Savior

During the time He lived on earth, Jesus Christ was rejected and not commonly accepted, even though He indeed was and is the Messiah. Back then He came as the suffering Servant of the Lord, sacrificing His own life to save every person who believes in Him from his/her sins. In the future, Jesus Christ will come again, visible for all to see[31]. But that time, it will be as the great King of kings and Lord of lords[32]. And one day all people will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord[33]. Even you yourself, whether you believe this or not right now.

Make sure to get to know Jesus Christ now and receive forgiveness for your sins, so that you’ll know Him now and in future as your loving Savior and Lord. For it depends on your choice during life on earth how you’ll get to know Him: as your Savior now and forever, or as your Judge in the future[34].

It was because He loves you that Jesus Christ sacrificed His very life for you. How do you respond to such great love?

What is your part?

[1]

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)

… Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:20-21)

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore also, that Holy One Who is to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

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He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1:15)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father. (John 16:28)

God, Who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person… (Hebrews 1:1-3)

For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Hebrews 1:5-6)

But to the Son He (God) says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail. (Hebrews 1:8-12)

“I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (Psalm 2:7)

When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My Son. (2 Samuel 7:12-14)

You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, with Your glory and Your majesty. (Psalm 45:2-3)

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. (Psalm 45:6-7)

“And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and My God shall be My strength), indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Isaiah 49: 5-6)

… Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord Who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.” (Isaiah 49:5-7)

The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” (Psalm 110:1)

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.”He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore. (Matthew 22:42-46)

But to which of the angels has He (God) ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? (Hebrews 1:13)

“Behold! My Servant Whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. (Isaiah 42:1)

“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My Servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. (Isaiah43:10)

“I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14)

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. (Psalm 2:11-12)

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:9)

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:7)

“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27)

But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. (Jeremiah 10:10)

Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him Who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)

And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20: 28-29)

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… God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law (Galatians 4:4)

… concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh (Romans 1:3)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us”. (Matthew 1:23)

… and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS. (Matthew 1:25)

Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, … (1 John 4:2)

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For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word (= God’s Son Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (1 John 5:7)

… baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.(John 17:11)

… that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (John 17:21)

I and My Father are one. (John 10:30)

For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba,Father!” (Galatians 4:6)

… that their hearts may be encouraged, (..), to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3)

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But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me and live.“ (Exodus 33:20)

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:18)

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Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. (Genesis 32:24)

… for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed. Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about my name?” And He blessed him there. (Genesis 32:28-29)

So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved”. (Genesis 32:30)

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”. So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come. “ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5: 13-15)

Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face. (Judges 6:22)

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He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1:15)

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)

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Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, “What is Your name, that when Your words come to pass we may honor You?” And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?” (Judges 13:17-18)

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

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I and My Father are one. (John 10:30)

“Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me.” (Isaiah 48:16)

… that they all may be one, as You Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also maybe one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (John 17:21)

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him, Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)

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I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” (Psalm 2:7)

It came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:9-11)

And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Mark 9:7)

“Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:69)

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God… has in these last days spoken to us by His Son …. Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His Person… (Hebrews 1:1-3)

For it pleased the Father that in Him (His Son Jesus Christ) all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, wether things on earth of things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:19-20)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1:15)

… Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)

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But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Juda, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2)

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“Behold the days are coming” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His Name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:4-6)

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2)

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… the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, (…) Jesse begot David the King. David the king begot Solomon (…) and Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus Who is called Christ. (Matthew 1:1-16)

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Now Jesus (…) being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli (= son-in-law didn’t exist in Greek at the time when the gospel was written, Joseph was considered Heli’s son because of being married to Heli’s daughter Mary) … the son of Nathan, the son of David, son of Jesse … (Luke 3:23-38)

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me Whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (…) And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; (still to happen in the future, Zechariah 12:10-12)

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“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; …” (Daniel 9:25-26a).

Some explanation here: the command was given by king Artaxerxes see Nehemiah 2:1, the word “week” in Hebrew means also a period of 7 years, making up to two periods of 49 and 434 years. After the 62 “weeks” (which took place after the first 7 “weeks”, so altogether 483 years later) Messiah would be cut of. Exactly this date, Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, riding a donkey just like predicted in Zechariah 9:9, only to be rejected by the Jewish leaders of that time.

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The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:25-26)

“Are You the coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “God and tell John the things which you hear and see: “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Matthew 11:3-6)

If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him. (John 10:38)

And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?” (John 7:31)

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:16-17)

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. (John 13:13)

Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)

Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. (John 6:46)

“Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. (John 18:4-6)

Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:61-62)

And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:63-64)

Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” (Luke 22:70)

“We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” (Luke 23:2-3)

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Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day. (Flavius Josephus, book 18, chapter 3.3)

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And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23)

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)

But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.(Matthew 12:15)

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14)

Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. (Matthew 15:30)

And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’” And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight. Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Luke 7:19-23)

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her,“Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. (Luke 7:11-15)

While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened. (Luke 8:49-56)

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.” Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. (John 11:1-46)

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For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. (Hebrews 5:8-9)

The Lord GOD has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. (Isaiah 50:5)

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— in the volume of the book it is written of Me—to do Your will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:5-7)

Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? (Luke 24:26)

Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day…” (Luke 24:46)

But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. (Acts 3:18)

“… that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:23)

Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist. (Matthew 17:11-13)

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… from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, …. And after the sixty-two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself… (Daniel 9: 26)

… And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6b)

… When You make His soul an offering for sin…. (Isaiah 53:10)

I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah 50: 6)

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

… They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. (Psalm 22: 16b-18)

… Me Whom they pierced. (Zechariah 12:10)

By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11b)

… He poured His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53: 12b)

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)

For He (= God) made Him (= the Lord Jesus Christ) Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. (Romans 5:18)

So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” (Luke 23:47)

… Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— (1 Corinthians 1:30)

… by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1)

And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1)

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And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)

… Christ…, “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22)

And they[a] made His grave with the wicked— but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. (Isaiah 53:9)

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15)

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. For as by one man’s disobedience mant were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience mant will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19)

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For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. (Hebrews 10:1-4)

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)

For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:13-14)

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And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:8)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:17-19)

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For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. (Romans 6:10)

… who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. (Hebrews 7:27)

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:12)

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.(Hebrews 10:10)

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For He (= God) made Him (= the Lord Jesus Christ) Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. (Hebrews 13:12)

… with His own blood, He (= Christ) entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:12b)

… the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. (Acts 20:28b)

… In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7)

He delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:14)

… knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish or spot. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:7-10)

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… that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, … (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

… to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 8:24-29)

For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:9)

… and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (2 Corinthians 5:15)

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It is Christ Who died, and furthermore is also risen, Who is even at the right hand o God, Who also makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)

But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12)

… looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

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And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)

… Jesus Christ – He is Lord of all – (Acts 10:36)

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Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Amen. (Revelation 1:7)

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These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16)

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, …”(Deuteronomy 10:17)

… until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, hom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:14-15)

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… through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. (1 Peter 3:21-22)

… Jesus, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,… (Revelation 1:5)

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-10)

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“Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in the darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon His God.” (Isaiah 50:10)

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little, blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. (Psalm 2:12)