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Evidences for Jesus

  1. Matthew 16:13
  2. Who do you personally say Jesus is?
  3. Jesus claimed to be the son of God (John 5:24; 8:23-24; 10:30;

14:6-7).

  1. What are the possibilities? Was that claim true or false?

1) If false, then either:

  1. a) Was a mythical character that didn’t exist. Legend
  2. b) Knew that his claims were false: Liar
  3. c) He didn’t know that his claims were false: Lunatic

2) If true, then Jesus is Lord.

3) Comments:

  1. a) Extra-biblical manuscripts prove Jesus to be a historical

figure, therefore he was not a legend

  1. b) Jesus’ teachings and the impact of his life make it

impossible to entertain the possibility that Jesus was

either a liar or a lunatic. Would the greatest ethical

teachings in the world have come from

a liar or a lunatic?

  1. c) We must not conclude that Jesus was simply a good moral

teacher. That option is not open to us, because it would

mean that he lied when he said that he was the son of

God.

  1. d) There is strong evidence to support the fact that Jesus

is clearly Lord, the Son of God as he claimed. Let’s look

at the evidence.

  1. Evidences
  2. Miracles: Attested to by numerous eyewitnesses (John 20:30-31)
  3. Prophecies fulfilled

1) Born of a virgin: Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 24, 25

2) House of David: Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 3:23,31

3) Born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1

4) Ministry to begin in Galilee: Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-13,17

5) Betrayed by a friend: Psalm 41:9; Matthew 26:15

6) Sold for 30 pieces of silver: Zechariah 11:12; Matthew

26:49-50

7) Wounded and bruised: Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-13,17

8) Bones not broken: Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-33

9) Crucified with thieves: Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38

10) Resurrection: Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:31

11) There are more than 400 Messianic prophecies. Jesus fulfills

them all! The probability that any man might have lived and

fulfilled just 8 prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power or

1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.

  1. Jesus’ life and teaching: His teachings surpass human wisdom

while his life exemplifies them perfectly (John 7:17)

  1. The Resurrection: This is perhaps the most convincing of all of

the evidences. Was Jesus raised from the dead? The response is

critically important. Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

1) The Prediction: Matthew 27:62-66. Jesus’ prediction about

his own resurrection were so well known that guards were

posted at the tomb. This raised the question: Did he really

die? Perhaps he passed out on the cross and was later

revived…

2) The Death: John 19:31-34. Professional executioners would

not make such a basic error as to think a live person was

dead. Medical experts indicate that the water that flowed

from Jesus’ pierced side would be from the pericardium, a

sac around the heart that fills with water when the heart

ruptures. Jesus was clearly dead. But perhaps they visited

the wrong tomb and mistakenly thought he was raised.

3) The Wrong Tomb:

  1. a) The tomb was near the cross: John 19:39-42
  2. b) Mary saw where he was buried. Pilate knew where to send

the guards: Matthew 27:61-66. They didn’t visit the wrong

tomb. So let’s visit the tomb.

4) The Empty Tomb: Matthew 28:11-15. Was the tomb empty? If

not, the Jews would have produced the body. The fact that

they tried to explain away the empty tomb shows that it was

empty. So, was the body stolen as they claimed?

5) The Stolen Body: It would have been incredibly difficult for

anyone to steal the body considering the huge stone and the

Roman guards in front of the tomb. In any case, there are

two possibilities: someone other than the disciples stole

the body; therefore, the disciples were deceived and

wistfully hallucinated the risen Christ. OR the disciples

stole the body and hoaxed the resurrection. Let’s consider

the first possibility:

  1. a) Someone other than the disciples stole the body. John

20:19-29. Disciples are scared and hiding, having earlier

fled at Jesus’ arrest. Was this a mass hallucination?

Thomas, the skeptic, touched Jesus. This was no

hallucination to Thomas. But perhaps the resurrection was

all a hoax, the second possibility…

  1. b) The disciples stole the body. Acts 4:12-13. Remember the

cowardly disciples? (Matthew 26:56). Peter who denied

Jesus? They are now men of remarkable courage. Something

has happened. In fact, according to early church history,

each of the disciples died a martyr’s death, except John:

Peter-crucified head downwards   Thomas-speared to death

James-beheaded by Herod          Matthew-Martyred

(Acts 12:1-2)

James-crucified                Andrew-crucified

Jude-shot with arrows          Phillip-martyred

Bartholomew-flogged to death   Simon the Zealot-crucified

Matthias-axed to death

6) These men had seen Jesus raised from the dead: 1 Corinthians

15:1-6. In fact, over 500 people at once saw the resurrected

Jesus .

Indeed, Jesus has been raised. The proof is logical and

overwhelming.

  1. Conclusion: Christianity is true and reasonable. Acts 26:24-29.

Jesus is the son of God! Now what remains is the decision to follow

him.

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