Sunday Gatherings @ 9:00a & 10:45San Rafael, CA
He is, without a doubt, the most famous person in all of human history. More songs have been written about him, artwork created of him, and books written about him than anyone who’s ever lived. Even our calendar is based off his life, dividing time before and after him. Naturally, someone this important will have fans and foes. And a lot of people have an idea of who Jesus is. They may get this idea from TV or movies, maybe from past church experience and Sunday School felt boards, from history books, or maybe from just hearsay.
But just because we have ideas of who Jesus is doesn’t mean we actually know who Jesus is:
In the beginning, the first Adam (Genesis 2:15) condemned us on a tree (Genesis 3:1), sinning by omission (Genesis 3:10), abdicating his responsiblity (Genesis 3:12), therefore cursing the human race (Genesis 3:17). Thankfully, Jesus, the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), redeemed us on a tree (1 Peter 2:24), lived without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), taking responsiblity (1 John 4:10), becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3:13), thereby redeeming those who trust in him (John 3:15), and that's good news.
In the old testament, God’s messengers to his people were called prophets (Matthew 23:34). Through them, God spoke His redemptive plan reminding the people He loved that he was always involved. Jesus is our final, authorative Prophet (Matthew 21:11) fulfilling what all other prophets said for generations (Luke 24:25). Jesus serves to speak as God (John 1:14), echoing the prophets of old (2 Chronicles 7:14), calling us to turn away from sin (Acts 3:19), back towards himself (Matthew 11:28), and that's good news.
In contrast to prophets, priests were mediators who approached God on behalf of his people (Hebrews 5:1). Jesus is our perfect, great High Priest (Hebrews 9:11) who interceded on our behalf by his death on the cross (Romans 8:34). Jesus advocates for us and pleads our case to the Father (1 John 2:1), and that's good news.
Throughout history, kings were rulers who governed God's people (Romans 13:1) ensuring order and establishing dominion. Jesus perfectly leads as our trustworthy, good, and faithful King (1 Timothy 6:15) and will one day bring about the fullness of his Kingdom (Ephesians 1:10). The idea of Jesus' kingdom in the Bible is not simply about a territory or state. It carries with it the idea of his ruling and reigning activity over the hearts of men and women (Colossians 3:15), everywhere, for all time (Philippians 2:10-11). Jesus is the first and only perfect potentate we can look to, who is fair and just (Romans 3:29), who brings about reconcilliation (2 Corinthians 5:18) between God and his people, and that's good news.
In the old testament, God required animal sacrifices to provide a temporary covering of sin (Leviticus 4:35, 5:10). Animal sacrifice is an important theme found throughout Scripture because “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). This served to foreshadow the perfect and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:7), who would end all sacrifices (Hebrews 7:27). This includes the ending of all religious ritual (Galatians 2:16) or human effort (Galatians 3:3) which serves to try and make us right before God. Jesus did it once and for all (Hebrews 10:10) and that's good news.
The Bible says that sin is like heavy burden (Psalm 38:4), a heavy stone (John 8:7), one we labor to carry by our own strength (Luke 11:46). Further, there is the seemingly hopless reality (Ephesians 2:12) that we are blind to our condition (Romans 2:19), slave to our sin (John 8:34), dead in our trespasses (Ephesians 2:1), awaiting the just penalty of a just God (Romans 6:23). However, through his death and resurrection, he removes this burden (Matthew 11:30), he casts those stones aside (Micah 7:19), carries them for us (1 Peter 2:24), and sets us free (Luke 4:18) from the penalty of death (1 Corinthians 15:55), and that's good news.
Scripture is clear, Jesus is our chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4) and head of the church (Colossians 1:18). Therefore, the church has only one Senior Pastor; the church recognizes only one pope; the church knows only one vicar: Jesus. We trust in Jesus alone to faithfully lead us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) and speak through his Word (John 3:34) in all matters of life and church government (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Further, we can rest assured that Jesus is a good Shepherd, (John 10:14) who protects his flock by laying his life down (John 10:11), who will never leave us or foresake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), and that's good news.
The Bible refers to God as the living Word (John 1:1), who is Jesus (1 John 5:20), who has no beginning (Colossians 1:15) or end (Luke 1:33). He came to live among us (John 1:14), fully divine (Colossians 2:9), to show us what God is like (John 14:9). He is the second person in the Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17), through whom all things were created (Colossians 1:16), giving him authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18) to justify us (Romans 4:25) before a holy God (Mark 1:24), and that's good news.
In addition to being fully God, Jesus was fully human (1 John 4:2), who really felt (John 12:27), who was really tempted (Hebrews 2:18), and who really suffered (Hebrews 5:8). In so doing, we have a God who was in every regard like us (Hebrews 2:17) except sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), serving as a mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) who was able to sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15), as so to overcome them for our benefit (John 16:33), and that's good news.
If you want to know more about what we believe about Jesus, take a look at our doctrine.