“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus is a man who was born about 2000 years ago, and lived an extraordinary life. He performed miracles, healed the sick, and taught about God. Many people followed him and thought of him as a great leader.
More than that, Jesus is God himself, who entered the world as a human being. That is what we celebrate at Christmas time.
One thing Jesus said helps us understand him and his whole life:
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus came to reconnect people with God.
He does this because he is God, and also through what he did on the cross.
The reason we cannot reconnect with God ourselves is not lack of information. It’s because at the core, all of us live in rebellion against God. We are the ruler, in place of God. This is called sin, and the outcome is that the world we live in is in turmoil, and that we stand in line for God’s judgement and death.
Jesus died for our sins as a substitute, and because he was sinless himself, God raised him back to life as Lord and God.
No one else could do what Jesus did. And what Jesus did was necessary for us to reconnect with God. That is why he said “No one comes to the Father except through me”, and why he is at the centre of the Tasmanian Anglican Church.
If you’d like to find out more about the Christian life, visiting a church near you would be a great place to start.