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
“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.”—.
True or False: Jesus is God.
After Jesus died on earth, God raised him back to life in heaven as a spirit person. () 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’ 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.
“Image of the invisible God”
“Firstborn of all creation”
“By means of him all other things were created”
Review 3 of 3
Which choice describes what the Bible teaches about Jesus?
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
- 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
In Lesson 2.2, “Who Are the Angels?,” you’ll learn about creatures who have had a great influence in heaven and on earth.