Where are His Proof ?
A number of years ago, we met a most extraordinary individual. His name was Charles Colson. At one point in his life, Colson was a Senior Advisor to President Richard Nixon. Colson was also part of a group of 7 Senior Executives advising the President on all issues.
When the Washington Post started their articles on the illegal activities of the Republican Party (Watergate), Nixon and his 7 Executives agreed to cover their lies about their involvement in Watergate and deny any wrong doing. Within a period of 2 weeks, some of those individuals started breaking down admitting to their criminal activities. The 7 most powerful men on earth could not keep a lie for more than 2 weeks.
When Jesus rose from the dead, scripture tells us that he was seen by over 500 witnesses. These simple and poor men and women, many of them simple fishermen clung to their testimony that indeed they had seen the Risen Lord. Actually, many of them were faced with the choice of either denying that they were witnesses of seeing Jesus risen or face brutal and dramatic painful deaths at the hand of their persecutors. Historians do not record that they recanted. None of them. Not one single time. They were convinced of the truth and died for their testimony. Why would so many die for a lie? Nothing to gain in this… Yet, they stood firm until their last breath.
Compare both scenarios. On one hand, the 7 most powerful men on earth could not keep a lie for more than a few days. On the other, hundreds of simple folks died burned at the stakes for maintaining their conviction that Jesus had risen from death. They had seen Him. It is our view that these early Christians are one of the many compelling proofs regarding the truth about Jesus.
Other than these credible and solid witnesses, there are many prophecies regarding Jesus that confirm that He truly was the Messiah that was announced centuries earlier. It would be scientifically impossible to predict so many specific elements with 100% accuracy by accident or coincidence.
Let’s just look at a few of these prophecies:
He was to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4, 5, 6, 7) and was to be born of a young woman who would be a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21, 22, 23 and Luc 1:26 to 35).
Someone else would come before him and cry out his divine calling as the “Lamb of God”. That was foretold and it actually happened with John the Baptist, (Isaiah 40: 3, 4, 5; Malachi 3:1 / Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10; Mark 1:2-3; Luke 7:27).
Prophets said of this coming Messiah that he would perform many miraculous deeds. This, Jesus did. (Isaiah 35: 5-6 and in the 4 Gospels).
It was foretold that the true Messiah would enter the Holy City of Jerusalem on a Donkey 475 years from the day Jerusalem received its decree to rebuild. That decree, based on scientific research, was given on March 16th, 445 BC. Jesus entered on a Donkey in that same City exactly 475 years later. (Daniel 8:25; Matthew 21: 4 to 9; Luke 19: 28 to 38; Zechariah 9:9 / Matthew 21:4-9; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-38). How could the Prophets know this?
The Messiah would die a horrible death. The manner of death would be crucifixion. This Capital Punishment method was only invented and used centuries later by the Romans. Psalm 22; Isaiah 53 / Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19
His clothing would not be ripped but a lot would be cast amongst his executioners, none of his bones would be broken and his side would be pierced. All this foretold centuries earlier (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24; Psalm 34:20; John 19:32 to 36; Zachariah 12:10; John 19:34 to 37, etc).
His execution would be beside others considered criminals and in his burial, a rich man would give him his own tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57 to 60, etc)
There are many other prophecies about Jesus and they all happened. Perfectly! Visit our Link Section for some exceptional sites that develop this issue in much more detail.
In conclusion, there are many types of proofs about the Christ. Ultimately, you still require FAITH (that 5 letter word) in Christ to enter into the appreciation of these amazing realities.
- John 20:30-31 - Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
- 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 - For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
- Acts 1:1-3 - In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
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