Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
"How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven - the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
- John 3:1-21
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
- Romans 10:8-14
Jesus is the exact representation of the Father God (Heb. 1:3). He is God, (Jn.1:1-2, Jn.20:28). He was with God the Father during creation (Gen.1:26), and is the second Person of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Christ, the long awaited Messiah, prophesied throughout history as the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world (Jn.1:29). He left the glory of heaven to come to earth, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, (Mt. 1:20-21), born a humble birth to a virgin, (Lk.1:26-31) and lived a sinless life (Heb. 4:15).
During his ministry on earth, Jesus performed many miracles (Acts 2:22), taught in the synagogues (Mt. 4:23), and ministered to people from all walks of life, treating them with respect and kindness (Titus 3:4-7). In everything He did, He pointed people toward the salvation that is only found in Him. For salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). He taught that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no man can come to the Father but through Him (Jn.14:6).
Because He is fully God, He can represent God to man, and because He was fully man, He can represent man to God, making reconciliation possible and acting as the Mediator between a holy God and sinful man (1 Tim. 2:5). This was accomplished when He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed (Is. 53:4-5). Through His perfect sacrifice, He made a way for sinful man to be reconciled to God (Rom. 5:10).
Jesus was crucified on a cross in our place, died, and was buried in a borrowed tomb (Jn. 19:41-42). Three days later He rose from the dead in a bodily resurrection (Mt. 28:5) proving death had no power over Him (Acts 2::22-24), and appeared to over 500 eye witnesses (1 Cor.15:3-6). After 40 days He ascended into heaven while His disciples watched, and now is seated at the right hand of God, making intercession for His people (Rom. 8:34). Now we can come to Him by grace, through faith in what He did for us, not by works, so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8-9).
Jesus' death on the cross was the payment for our sin, and now justifies us before a Holy God (Rom.3:22-24), so there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:1) Those who have trusted and confessed Him to be their Lord and Savior and are actively following Him, will someday be reunited with Him either at the time of their death, or when He comes back for his church in the rapture (1Th.4:16-17) to spend eternity with Him in heaven. At that time, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Php.2:8-11).
Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:16), the Light of the World (Jn. 8:12), and the Maker of heaven and earth (Ps. 121:2). He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End (Rev.1:8, 22:13) and the Word of God (Jn. 1:1, 14). He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8), and the Savior of the world (1Jn.4:14). He is the Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20), the Redeemer who gave His life as a ransom for many (Mk.10:45), and the Ruler of Creation (Rev. 3:14).