So who is this Jesus?
Jesus Is First.
It’s not about us. It’s not about our good deeds or religion. It’s about who Jesus is and what he did. “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake,” according to 2 Corinthians 4:5. It’s about Jesus, always and fully God, who came to earth and was born a baby in full humanity, who later died on a cross for our sins, and who was raised to life on the third day after his death.
Jesus died to forgive our sins
The message of Jesus is simple and is summarized in 1 Corinthians 15:1–4:
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
Without the death of Jesus, there would be no forgiveness of sins.
Jesus rose from the dead
The foundation of our faith is not our personal story. The foundation of our faith is a historic event: the resurrection of Jesus. Paul wrote, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins,” according to 1 Corinthians 15:17.
We are saved by God’s grace, not by good works
We do not earn forgiveness. It is a gift.
“Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”
According to Romans 4:4-5, God expects our behavior and life to change after we trust him, but this change does not save us.
We are saved by grace, through faith.
This gift is received through believing. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast,” according to Ephesians 2:8-9.
If you want to be second, if you believe in Jesus—who he is and what he did—take a moment right now and tell him. Do you want to be forgiven of your wrongs and weaknesses? Then tell him. God has promised to forgive any and all who ask. Do you want to follow Jesus and receive the new life he offers? Then tell him. God offers forever life to any who ask and believe in Jesus and all he did. Do you want to leave your old, broken life and start anew? Then begin that journey today by telling him, “I am second. You are first.”