Teaching others about Jesus, it’s easy right? Well, talking about Jesus or certain topics of the Bible seem to come more easily. But when it comes to sitting down and teaching someone who doesn’t know anything about our Lord and Savior, it can be a daunting task. Where do I start, and what do I say? After all, everything in the New Testament is important. I don’t know how many Bible correspondences I have down loaded over the years, to help aid me in this quest to teach others effectively. After all, you may have just one chance to teach them about Jesus. It wasn’t until recently while sitting in Bible class, that it was made so simple to me. All this time I had been over thinking it. Paul White said “when teaching someone about the truth, it is just three simple questions. Who is Jesus? What did he do? And, what must I do?” So let’s do just that.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is one hundred percent God. In John 1:1-3, it tells us that Jesus was with God from the beginning, and He is God. Yet more proof of His deity, in Luke 7:22 it tells us that Jesus performed many miracles while here on earth. According to Matthew 16:13-17, there were eyewitnesses to His life. Jesus was also the fulfillment of prophesy. In Luke 24:44 Jesus said” Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” And finally, Jesus showed His deity by rising from the grave in Matthew 28. Jesus was also one hundred percent man. John 1:14 says that Jesus became flesh, or human. Why would he leave Heaven to become human? He did it so that he could die a physical death and take away our sins. It wasn’t easy; He was tempted in every way, just like we are. In Hebrews 4:15 it says “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”
What Did He Do?
What did He do? He paid for our sins, He died for us. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Paul said “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins...He was buried, and he was raised on the third day.” John 10:11. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24.
Jesus paid the price for us. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19.
What Must I Do?
The first thing we need to do is hear the Gospel or good news. The good news is “that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). We then need to believe the Gospel. John 20:30-31 reads, "And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which were not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
If we believe Jesus died for our sins, we realize that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 says that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The next step is to confess Christ to be the Son of God. Acts 8:37 reads, Then Phillip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." And finally, be baptized for the remission of your sins. Acts 2:38 reads, Then Peter said to them, "Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
If we think in terms of these 3 simple, yet very important questions, it can help us in our efforts in teaching others about Jesus.
Notes to keep with you
Who is Jesus?
- Both God (John 1:1-3) and man (John 1:14)
What did He do?
- He died for us (1Cor. 15:3-4)
What must I do?
- Hear the Word (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
- Believe (John 20:30-31)
- Repent (Romans 3:23)
- Confess (Acts 2:37)
- Baptism (Acts2:38)