Jesus came to earth as a man in a radically political era and quickly became both an enemy of the state and of his own religious types because of his claims of being equal to God. He demonstrated his divinity by the miracles he performed, through wisdom of his teaching and the many prophesies he fulfilled.
This culminated in the ultimate act of self-sacrifice, giving himself up to the authorities to be slain, they thought to pay for his crimes, yet Christians know it is to pay for OUR crimes, sins and indiscretions.
We can prove he was real through non-biblical writings. None of the empty tomb theories seem plausible. And the eyewitness accounts, women recorded as the empty tomb discoverers and the profound transformation of the disciples all point to one conclusion.
As I opened this series, I noted that all positions we take on this matter require faith. And it is sensible to gather known facts and follow the trail of evidence and make your conclusion. In these writings, I’ve attempted to briefly lay out the evidence for you.
So, now it’s time for faith to fill in the final gaps. What is your conclusion?
And by the way, if you decide to believe based on the combination of evidence and faith, isn’t it amazing what Jesus did? And if you believe he did what is claimed, wouldn’t that be someone that you’d want to follow?
Let’s celebrate Good Friday today. And let’s look forward to the joy that comes on Sunday, when he is risen.