Historic Jesus

Character Profile


Father: His heavenly Father: The first person in the Trinity (Luke 2:49);
His earthly Father: The Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35)
His earthly guardian: Joseph

Mother: Mary (Luke 2:7)

Half Brothers: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas (Matthew 13:55)

Half Sisters: Several unnamed (Matthew 13:56)

Famous Ancestors: Abraham and David

First mention: "The seed of the woman" (Genesis 3:15)

Final mention: "The Lord Jesus Christ" (Revelation 22:21)

Meaning of his name: Jesus means "Savior"; Christ means "the Anointed One."

Frequency of his name: These three key names and titles, "Jesus," "Christ," and "Lord" appear nearly 2,000 times in the New Testament. In addition, there are literally hundreds of other names and titles found throughout the entire Bible.

Place of birth: Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Luke 2:4-7)

Place of death: Outside Jerusalem, on a hill (Matthew 27:33)

Important fact about his life: He was (and is) the Son of God who became the sinless Son of Man that sinful sons of men might become the sons of God.

Copyright 1999, used by permission from Dr. H.L. Willmington.

At his baptism, John gives testimony as to the Messiahship of Jesus. In Luke 3:21, "the words in bodily form emphasize the reality of the coming of the Spirit to equip Jesus for His ministry. The heavenly voice...does not indicate the adoption of Jesus as God's Son but the divine approval with which He began His work as God's Servant and Son. (D. Guthrie and J.A. Motyer, eds. The New Bible Commentary: Revised. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1970, 895, 895)

Volumes have been written about who Jesus is, what His purpose on earth was and His relationship with God the Father. This is a brief attempt to give a character profile.

There have been many names or titles assigned to Jesus. His personal name given to Him by the angel, Gabriel, was "Jesus," which signifies Savior. Both Mary and Joseph were, at different times, told to name Him Jesus. He was given this name at His birth and at His circumcision.

He was also called "the Christ" which means Anointed One. Other names given to Him are "the son of Man," "the Son of God," and "God our Savior."

"The four gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, are occupied in furnishing facts illustrative of Jesus Christ and his work as related to mankind; also in teaching his relation to God. As these Scriptures derive all their character and significance from his personality and life...faith in their teaching reposes on the following propositions: (1) The absolutely unique and perfect manhood of Jesus Christ among men; (2) The realization in him of all the Messianic predictions of Scripture; (3) All his miracles being restorative, were part of his redemptive plan; (4) The resurrection of Jesus from the dead, an absolute historical fact; (5) The transformation secured in the character of the individual believer; (6) The Spirit's witness to personal adoption in Christian consciousness...."(Merrill F. Unger. Unger's Bible Dictionary, Moody Press Chicago, Illinois, 1974, 582,583)

He was unique in His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection.