Jesus is one of the most famous people in history. Yet, other than his name, many people do not know much about him, and many have different ideas about who Jesus really is. What does the Bible say about him?
1. Who is Jesus?
Jesus is a powerful spirit who lives in heaven. He was created by Jehovah God before everything else. For that reason, he is called “the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:15) The Bible refers to Jesus as God’s “only-begotten Son” because Jesus alone was directly created by Jehovah. (John 3:16) Jesus worked closely with his Father, Jehovah, helping Him to create all other things. (Read Proverbs 8:30.) Jesus continues to enjoy a close relationship with Jehovah. He loyally serves as God’s spokesman, “the Word,” delivering His messages and instructions.—John 1:14.
2. Why did Jesus come to earth?
About 2,000 years ago, Jehovah miraculously used his holy spirit to transfer Jesus’ life from heaven to the womb of a young virgin woman named Mary. In this way, Jesus was born as a human. (Read Luke 1:34, 35.) Jesus came to earth to be the promised Messiah, or Christ, and to save humankind.* All the Bible’s prophecies about the Messiah were fulfilled in him, enabling people to identify Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”—Matthew 16:16.
3. Where is Jesus now?
After Jesus’ life as a human ended, he was resurrected as a spirit and he returned to heaven. There, “God exalted him to a superior position.” (Philippians 2:9) Now, Jesus has a position of great authority—second only to Jehovah himself.
5. Jesus proved to be the Messiah
Read these Bible prophecies, and then discuss the questions that follow:
Did Jesus’ birth fulfill this prophecy?—Matthew 2:1.
Were these prophecies fulfilled?—John 19:33-37.
Do you think Jesus could have influenced the fulfillment of any of these prophecies?
What does this prove to you about Jesus?
SOME PEOPLE SAY: “Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in Jesus.”
How would you reply?
Jesus is a powerful spirit. He is God’s Son and the Messiah.
Why is Jesus called “the firstborn of all creation”?
Before coming to earth, what did Jesus do?
How do we know that Jesus is the Messiah?
See Endnote 2 for a prophecy that foretold exactly when Jesus would appear on earth.