Who is Jesus Christ?
It was one of Jesus Christ's favorite ways to refer to Himself. He’s quoted 85 times in the King James Bible Version of the New Testament calling Himself the “Son of Man.” Here are some of Jesus' human characteristics:
Living on earth for 33 years, Christ experienced every temptation you and I face, which is why “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation” (2 Peter 2:9). He also showed us how to model our behavior. 1 Peter 2:21 says, “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.”
So, Jesus knows what we go through. A god-savior could forgive sins, but would not be able to relate to the sinners. A man-savior would be able to relate to humanity, but would not have the authority or power to forgive sins or return from the dead. It was necessary that Jesus be both.
In doing so, he became “the New Adam.”
“For as in Adam [the first man, through whom sin entered the world] all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45).
WHO KILLED JESUS?
With the release of the film The Passion of the Christ, this question again became something of an issue. Was Pilate responsible? Was it Rome? Was it the Sanhedrin, or the entire Hebrew Nation? Or did you and I kill Jesus Christ?
Yes. And no. First, He’s not dead. Upon Jesus' death He descended into Hell, where He took the keys and ministered to the dead. After three days, Jesus came back to life, and not as a spirit, but with flesh and bones. When, after 40 days, Christ left His followers again, He ascended into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of the Father until the time comes when Christ will return.
Second, Jesus Christ offered Himself up as a sacrifice, which is why we are to daily offer up ourselves as “living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1). With armies of angels and the power of the heavens at His command, would it have been possible to hang the Son of God on a cross without His permission? What’s more, how awful would it be for us now had nobody “killed” Jesus? We required His perfect blood to wash our sins away. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).
Therefore, to blame any individual or group for “murdering” Jesus is incorrect, and a dishonor to His sacrifice.