God loved his creation so much that He sent His begotten son on Earth to deliver humanity from the bondage of sins. Christ is the savior and redeemer for humankind as he sacrificed everything so that humanity could live. God sent His son to the world to seek and save what was lost as the redeemer and savior of the world and also to connect human beings to his father (God). The powers of the Holy Spirit revealed Jesus’ birth as the gift of the supreme God to the world to save people from their sins. He was crucified to save the world for their sin because he was the “only son” of God for his uniqueness, extraordinary background, and divinity as compared to the rest of the people’s divinity. This essay explores the role of Christ as a savior, his mission to teach people the truth about the Kingdom of God, and the most important components of Christ’s teachings to bring important things essential to deliver humanity from the bondage of sins.
Why is Jesus Called “Christ” the Savior?
Christ was not the original name of Jesus but derived from the Greek term Christos meaning “the anointed one,” which is a translation of the Hebrew phrase Messiah. Jesus was given the title Christ “Jesus, who is called Christ”- Matthew 1:16 and “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ”- Mark 1:1 following his death as he was crucified without blemish and sins to confirm his true calling that he was the one people had long been waiting for (Bible, 2009). He was the only Messiah God sent to the world to deliver humanity from their fallen nature. Some Jews anticipated Jesus to restore the fortunes, justice, and peace of Israel. At the same time, other Christians considered him to be the anointed one, the long-awaited Messiah, a title that goes well along with Jesus’ assignment as the savior of humanity. Calling Jesus the title “Christ” supports one’s understanding that he is the Savior of the world, truly God and truly Man, and anointed by God to carry out the work of salvation of man. Jesus was also sent to the Earth to succeed, the place where Adam failed and disobeyed.
The reference to Jesus Christ as a Savior for humankind in the recent Christian tradition alludes to the idea that he sacrificed his life in order to save the world from their sins. The Hebrew version is spelled as “Yeshua,” meaning “God saves,” and early Christians believed that Jesus was born to achieve this end result, salvation (Placher, 2001). Christians believe that Jesus’ death on the cross has spared humanity from eternal damnation and his resurrection proves that he is the hope of eternal life for people to be reconciled with God. According to the Christian religion, Jesus came to earth on a mission to teach people the truth about the kingdom of the Lord God, help humanity be saved through his valuable teachings, and the last hope for salvation. Jesus was a man of many great things, as he was willing to suffer on the cross for the benefit of his people, which shows that he was a true man and a true divine who cared for the better of humanity (Bloesch, 2005). In a nutshell, Jesus is the only road to salvation due to his atonement for the sins of humanity via his death and resurrection. That salvation will only be granted to those who trust in him and obey his teachings.
Important Components of Christ’s Teachings
The teachings of Jesus Christ proved to integrate a concern for justice, the poor, nonviolence, and peaceful coexistence. All four gospels agree and believe that Jesus was the son of God who preached the coming of the kingdom of the Supreme Being. Jesus perceived “God’s kingdom” in the sense of God’s presence in heaven, which can only be achieved after one’s death on the path of God. Affirmations of the heavenly kingdom by Jesus Christ prove his teachings that the kingdom of God will come to this world in all its might and glory that would revolutionize the world and its inhabitants. Christians should believe that Jesus did not come on earth under his own authority. Rather, he took the human form as a messenger of God to announce the good news about the coming of God’s kingdom. Jesus’ teachings are not just a message from God but a divine blueprint or saving principles for humans to plan redemption, salvation, and eternal happiness. According to Jesus’ teachings, true salvation includes justification, sanctification, and regeneration of having the potential to enter the kingdom of God. Moreover, the manifestation of evidence can be accomplished by becoming more like the image of God through a new heart, a changed mind, and a healthy attitude toward life to prove that we are no longer slaves to worldly lust (Grenz, 2000).
In the history of different religions, there have been many significant leaders with good legacies who have had a life-changing impact on the lives of their followers. These leaders lived many years, even after their death, but Jesus Christ is the leader who has shaped people’s lives through his teachings to date. Among all, Jesus stands out as a unique leader because of his life and teachings from the rest of the religious leaders who ever lived on this planet, Earth. Jesus, his sacrifice, his resurrection, and his teachings have been very influential in the lives of many people worldwide as he promised to liberate those who obey him.
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