When you complete this lesson, you’ll understand why Jesus is such an important person and be able to show from the Bible the difference between God and Jesus.
1. Jesus was a prophet and a miracle worker
Because of what he taught and did, Jesus is the most famous man who ever lived. Four books of the Bible are devoted to Jesus’ life and ministry.
Pick the best answer. Why did Jesus do the things he did?
He wanted to be popular and to make people love him
He wanted to reflect God’s qualities
He expected everyone to follow his teachings
Correct. Jesus reflected God’s qualities so well that he could say: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father also.”—John 14:9.
Many people would agree with that view. Yet, even though Jesus fearlessly taught the truth about Jehovah God, he knew that most people would reject his message. In fact, he said: “The world . . . hates me, because I bear witness about it that its works are wicked.”—John 7:7.
Match the descriptions of Jesus to the correct verses. Click an item from each group to match them. [?]
“Jesus . . . said: ‘I feel pity for the crowd, because they have already stayed with me for three days and they have had nothing to eat.’”—Matthew 15:32
“Jesus . . . proved to be a prophet powerful in deed and word before God and all the people.”—Luke 24:19
“Which one is greater, the one dining or the one serving? Is it not the one dining? But I [Jesus] am among you as the one serving.”—Luke 22:27
“May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”—Titus 1:4
Summary of Section 1
Jesus was a prophet and a miracle worker who taught the truth about God. By his compassion and his miracles, he reflected God’s qualities and displayed the same love for people that God has.
2. Jesus is God’s Son
To answer that question, we first need to consider a key fact that the Bible teaches about Jesus: Unlike any other human, Jesus lived in heaven before coming to the earth. Jesus said: “I have come down from heaven.”—John 6:38.
Let’s examine in detail how the Bible shows that Jesus was created by Jehovah God and worked alongside him. Click the highlighted words to see an explanation. [?]
True or False: Jesus is God.
Although many have been taught that Jesus is God, the Scriptures show that Jesus and Jehovah are separate persons. In fact, Jesus called Jehovah “my God.” (John 20:17) If you’d like to investigate this subject further, check out the links at the end of this lesson.
That’s right. Jesus was created by Jehovah God. The Bible says: “No man has seen God at any time,” but many people did see Jesus.—John 1:18.
After Jesus died on earth, God raised him back to life in heaven as a spirit person. (John 17:4, 5) The Bible gives many details about Jesus’ resurrection. Match the details about Jesus’ resurrection to the correct Bible verses. [?]
“The angel said to the women: ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was executed on the stake. He is not here, for he was raised up.’”—Matthew 28:5, 6
“As [Jesus] was blessing them, he was parted from them and taken up to heaven.”—Luke 24:51
“God resurrected this Jesus, and of this we are all witnesses.”—Acts 2:32
“[Jesus] was raised up on the third day according to the Scriptures; and . . . he appeared to more than 500 brothers at one time.”—1 Corinthians 15:4-6
Summary of Section 2
Jesus is the Son of God. Before coming to earth, he was a spirit person who worked alongside Jehovah to make all other things. Jesus was God’s greatest prophet and the Savior of the world. After Jesus died, Jehovah raised him back to life in heaven as a spirit person.
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 1 of 3
Jesus was the most famous man who ever lived because . . .
He became rich
His teachings and powerful works were matchless
He toppled the Roman Empire
He lived longer than anyone else
That’s right. The Historians’ History of the World says: “The historical result of [Jesus’] activities was more momentous, even from a strictly secular standpoint, than the deeds of any other character of history.” Likewise, English historian H. G. Wells stated: “Jesus of Nazareth . . . is easily the dominant figure in history.”
Jesus lived during the time of the Roman Empire, which continued in power for hundreds of years after he died. Jesus posed no threat to the governments of his day. Instead, he remained completely neutral in political affairs.—John 18:36.
Jesus’ life as a human was actually quite short. He was executed when he was 33 years old, and his teaching and miracles took place during only the last three and a half years of his life.
Review 2 of 3
Pick the best answer. Which expression from Colossians 1:15, 16 shows that Jesus was the first person created by God?
“Image of the invisible God”
“Firstborn of all creation”
“By means of him all other things were created”
This expression shows that Jesus perfectly reflected Jehovah’s qualities. We cannot see God, who is invisible, but we can learn much about God from what Jesus said and did.—Matthew 11:27.
Good. Jesus was the first person God created. The Bible says of Jesus: “He is before all other things.”—Colossians 1:17.
This expression shows that Jesus worked alongside Jehovah to make all other things, including angels, the physical universe, and humans.—John 1:3.
Review 3 of 3
Which choice describes what the Bible teaches about Jesus?
Jesus always referred to God as his Father. In fact, the term “Father of God” does not appear in the Bible. This is because God has no father, or life-giver; he has always existed.—Psalm 90:1, 2.
This is a very common belief. Yet, Jesus said: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) For more on this subject, check out the links at the end of this lesson.
Which choice describes the person who would be able to teach others the most about God? One who . . .
Received messages from God through an angel
Spent many hours in prayer and meditation
Explained ancient holy writings
Spent billions of years with God in heaven
God sometimes sent messages through angels. (Luke 1:26, 27) Yet, Jesus learned from God directly, without needing an angelic messenger.
- Jesus was a prophet and a miracle worker, and he showed the same love for people that God shows
- Jesus is the Son of God. He lived in heaven before he came to earth
You’ve finished the lesson!
Want more on this subject? If so, check out the links below.
Otherwise, keep going to see what’s next.
- Video introductions to the Bible books that describe Jesus’ life and ministry: Matthew Mark Luke John
- Is Jesus Almighty God?
- How can God have a Son?
- How does Jesus save us?
- Was Jesus married? Did Jesus have siblings?
- How did Jesus treat women?
- After Jesus’ resurrection, was his body flesh or spirit?
- What proves that Jesus was the Messiah?
- Real-life experience—She followed Jesus’ advice in her search for religious truth
In Lesson 2.2, “Who Are the Angels?,” you’ll learn about creatures who have had a great influence in heaven and on earth.
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