His coming was unique. Hundreds of years before Jesus' birth, the prophets of the Old Testament of the Bible predicted His coming. The Old Testament, written by many people over a period of 1,500 years, contains more than 300 prophecies describing His coming and appearance. Jesus fulfilled them all!
His birth was unique. The Bible tells us that He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus as the Son of God, who existed before the beginning of space and time, entered into human history to become like one of us.
His life was unique. His life was characterized by the supernatural. He lived a holy life and performed great miracles that only God can do.
His message was unique. He offers love, forgiveness, salvation and new life to all who receive Him as Savior and Lord. Jesus’ message produced great changes in the lives of individuals and societies: women's rights and voice in society acknowledged, marriages preserved, schools and institutions of learning established, laws to protect children made, slavery abolished, the sanctity of life upheld, and a multitude of other changes accomplished for the good of humanity. Wherever his message has gone, it gave people new hope, new meaning and new purpose for living.
His death was unique. God sent His One and Only Son to die for the salvation of the world. The Bible said, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Jesus died not because He was a victim of circumstances. He died on the cross for you and me to pay for our sins.
His resurrection was unique. Three days after His death, the most amazing event in history took place: Jesus rose from the dead! Unlike other human beings and religious teachers, He has conquered death. Because He now lives, He offers eternal life to all who come to Him: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25)
The names of the proud leaders and statesmen have come and gone. The names of the past scientists, philosophers, and theologians have come and gone. But the name of Jesus abounds more and more. One writer described His influence this way: “Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever have sat, and all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life, Jesus of Nazareth.”
However, Jesus is not just the greatest person who ever lived in history. His coming, birth, life, message, death and resurrection all prove that He is who He claimed to be: the Son of God, the Savior of the world. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) This same Jesus who lived two thousand years ago is alive today and wants to come into your life and be your Savior and Lord. He offers forgiveness, salvation, hope, and the power to live a new kind of life. He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)