Jesus Christ is the Beloved Son of the Almighty God who was sent to this evil world to show the light of life to men and shed his blood for the redemption of sinful mankind. In John 3:16-19, it is written: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
Jesus Christ is known as the Word translated from the Greek word LOGOS, which is significant of his role as the spokesman or one through whom the Father expresses His will to mankind. In John 1:1-3, it is written: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." Jesus Christ was created; but God the Father has neither beginning nor end but is "from everlasting to everlasting". (Psalm 90:2) Thus the "beginning" referred to in the text is the beginning of God's creation when the Word (Jesus) was created and he who also is God the Son was with God the Father. Indeed Jesus is a God and Isaiah in prophecy called him the "mighty God". - Isaiah 9:6,7.
It was the Word, NOT God Almighty that was made flesh, born on earth, and known as Jesus Christ. But the world which God gave him power to create did not recognise him when he came. As it is written: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." - John 1: 14,10-12.
As a result of the sentence of death passed upon man after he had sinned through disobedience, it became necessary that the blood of a perfect man should be shed according to God's purpose (Deuteronomy 19: 21; Hebrews 9:22) to redeem man from sin and restore him to perfection. It was impossible to get such a perfect blood from the offspring of Adam since they were all born in sin. (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5: 12). It was to this end Jesus Christ through the infinite power of Jehovah, the Almighty Father, was transformed from the spirit plane to human in the womb of Mary the virgin and born into this woeful world.
Long before the human existence of Christ many prophecies were uttered about him. It was prophesied that he would be born a Jew and a prophet to whom all people should give ear (Genesis 49:10; Deuteronomy 18:15); that he would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); that a forerunner would prepare the way of the Lord (Isaiah 40:3); that he would ride into Jerusalem upon an ass (Zechariah 9:9); that he would be hated, despised and rejected of (ungodly) men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:1-3).
Furthermore, it was foretold that Jesus Christ would be betrayed by a familiar friend (Psalm 41:9); that the price of betrayal would be 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12,13); that he would be given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21); that he would be oppressed and brought like a lamb before the slaughter (Isaiah 53:4-7); and it was prophesied that he would be resurrected and his flesh would not see corruption. - Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:24-27.
Truly, in God's appointed time Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary and even angels in heaven sang for joy: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:7-14) All the prophecies concerning him fulfilled accordingly. When he was about the age of 30 years, he received baptism from John the Baptist at the River Jordan. On that historic occasion, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove and rested on him, and the Almighty Father declared in heaven: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."-Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-23.
In character Jesus Christ was exemplary, and excellent in all virtues. He was truthful, kind, gentle, humble and lowly in heart. He never compromised with evil, and all his words and doings were characterized by holiness. He was a man of unbending faith, resisting temptation and was the very embodiment of wisdom. In zeal for the work of God and righteousness he was beyond compare. He was merciful, patient, long-suffering, loving and benevolent. To all mankind he directed his soul-consoling call: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls..." - Matthew 11:28-30.
We cannot claim to be Christians if we are not making serious efforts to follow the good example of our Master and Saviour Jesus Christ. He himself said: "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his Lord "-Matthew 10:25.
Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and men. (1Timothy 2:5) The Bible says it is through him alone that salvation to eternal life in God's Kingdom can be obtained. "Neither is there salvation in any other," declared St. Peter, "for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) And Jesus himself said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." - John 14:6.