EVIDENCE FOR CHRISTIANITY
THE BIG QUESTION?
DEAD SEA SCROLLS
SHROUD OF TURIN
Is Jesus Christ fact or fiction? Was there such a man by the name of Jesus who was also referred to as the Christ? Very few people can actually say that they never heard of Jesus Christ. Everyone who has heard of the name of Jesus Christ has some sort of an opinion about who he is.
Some would say that any idea of a god or deity would come out of humanity’s search for a higher power. An Atheist would label all religion as fiction. Many believe that Jesus was a real person. Many say He was a good teacher. Even the most liberal theologians believe that Jesus was a real person who walked on this earth. If someone asked you who Jesus Christ is, what would you say?
Many parents tell their children about a Santa Claus, an Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy and some parents tell their children about this Jesus Christ. How would you explain Jesus Christ to your children? If you told them about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy will they believe you when you talk to them about Jesus Christ? Or as the Atheists would say isn’t Jesus Christ a fairy tale for adults?
What do young women from Asian and European countries think of who Jesus is? A weekly fashion and beauty magazine that appeals to young women mostly from Asia and Europe called Lisa, decided to take a survey of women between 20 and 29 years of age. In the month of March 2016 the magazine asked questions about who is Jesus. Fifteen percent answered that Easter was the birthday of Jesus. Nine percent of these women claimed to know nothing about the Christian background of Easter. Three percent believed that Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ wedding day.1
Who is the real Jesus Christ? Christ is not Jesus’ last name. Christ comes from the Greek word Χριστóς meaning anointed one. Jesus was from the beginning because He is God. In the prophetic book of Revelation Christ speaks to the apostle John, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, (Revelation 1:11a NKJV®) Jesus was GOD incarnate and condescended to a human form. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14 NKJV®)
Jesus is the second person of the trinity. “I and My Father are one.”(John 10:30 NKJV®) Jesus was born from a virgin which was a miraculous birth. No other infant in history was ever reported of being born from a virgin woman. In his gospel Matthew shares prophesy from Isaiah. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”[translated from the Aramaic language as “God with us.”] (Matthew 1:23 NKJV®)
Jesus was without sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV®) Jesus could not sin. He was equal with God, but yet He knew what it was like to be tempted to sin. In the book of Hebrews we read, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 NKJV®)
Only God the Father and Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh can forgive sins. In the gospel of Mark when Jesus healed a paralyzed man Jesus told the paralytic, “Son your sins are forgiven you.” Jewish scribes were highly educated professional students of the law and were responsible for preserving and teaching the law [first five books of Moses] along with the prophets and other Jewish writings. When Jesus told the paralytic that his sins are forgiven the scribes reasoned in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7 NKJV®) Jesus tells the scribes, “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go your way to your house.” (Mark 2:10-11 NKJV®)
Jesus prophesied about His own death and resurrection to His disciples, but they did not understand Him. Out of the three synoptic gospels, Luke gives the most detailed description. Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. And they will scourge Him and put Him to death. And the third day He will rise again.” But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken. (Luke 18:31-34 NKJV®)
Jesus Christ is the author of salvation. He is the only one who can save us. Jesus Christ has the ability to wipe away our sin and offer us eternal life in heaven as a free gift. As the Apostle Peter spoke to the Sanhedrin, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NKJV®) Come to Christ today.
Jesus Christ promises a Helper who is the third person of the trinity. He is known as the Holy Spirit. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide in you forever, (John 14:16 NKJV®) “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” (John 15:26 NKJV®)
After Jesus’ ascension the disciples went into an upper room in Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit showed Himself in a mighty wind. The Holy Spirit filled the whole house that the disciples were in. They began to speak in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. Read Acts 2. Apostle Peter closes with a fantastic sermon.
In conclusion it’s important to know who the real Jesus is. Your eternity depends on it. I pray you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord.
"Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3. Yet the influence of Christ's 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity. Jesus painted no pictures; yet, some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from Him.
"Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world's greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies, and oratories they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth."
—Henry G. Bosch
JESUS CHRIST:END NOTES
1. Norbert Lieth; “Jesus at the Center Part 1,” Midnight Call; Lexington, SC 29170; January 2017; p 8.
2. Ray Confort; The Evidence Bible; Bridge-Logos Publishers; Alachus, FL 32615, USA (2011) p1396