Jesus is unarguably the most famous person that has ever lived.

Jesus has and continues to seep into all the crevasses of culture and society- crossing and impacting all ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic barriers that have ever existed. More books and songs have been written about Him, more works of art have been created depicting Him, and more charitable efforts and organizations have been inspired by Him than any other person that has ever lived. Even the calendar we use to mark our place in time is based on the life of Jesus.

Jesus lived His entire life perfectly—without ever sinning. This is important because had He sinned, He wouldn’t have been a suitable, saving representative for us in His perfect life—His actions, reactions, words, and even in His silence.

Jesus was a great preacher whose words, such as the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), still seize human imagination two thousand years later.

Jesus was a healer who worked great miracles, healing the sick, bringing sight to the blind, making the lame to walk again, and even raising the dead.

He was crucified on a Roman cross as a danger to the Empire as “King of the Jews.” This was no accident. Jesus was sent by God to die on purpose as the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world by taking upon Himself the divine curse of God’s wrath.

He is the one whom God raised from the dead after three days in the grave, and who now rules heaven and earth as King of all kings and is present with His people through His Spirit.

He is the one who will one day return, to bring both judgment and mercy.

He is the Christ, the Jewish Messiah: the one to whom hundreds of prophecies in the Old Testament point, the fulfillment of all of God’s promises to Israel.

He is the divine Son of God, the one and only “God-Man.”

He is the only way to a restored relationship with God, the source of all truth, and the only way to eternal life.

This man—Jesus Christ—God in human flesh, died for our sins, in order that we might be saved from sin and judgment by believing in Him.

By his sacrifice, Jesus brings us, by God’s design, into a supremely satisfying joy in God that is beyond anything we can imagine. The finished work of Jesus restores our broken relationship with God. That’s wonderful news! It’s called the gospel which means good news.

There’s even more to this good news. Experiencing pleasure in Jesus Christ is one of the most important things that we can do. Why? Because by taking delight in Jesus, visibly and publicly, we help to show how beautiful and valuable He is. So God’s aim for His Son to be honored and our aim to be happy find fulfillment in the same act – our joy in Jesus. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

It is almost too good to be true that the universal desire to be happy is God-given and good. The problem is, as C. S. Lewis said, “we settle for mud pies in the slum because we cannot imagine what a holiday at the sea is like.” Jesus is the holiday at the sea. We exist to help people make that discovery.

We hope you will see Jesus Christ living a perfect life for you as your representative, dying a horrific death for you as your substitute, and walking out of the grave as your victorious Savior and King.