Who was Jesus? That is the question. I have heard many people tell me that they think Jesus was a great prophet or a man who lived two thousand years ago and did a lot of good things. I disagree.
Either Jesus was who he said he was or he was one of the biggest liars that ever walked the earth. Their is no in between! Why do I say this? Well I will tell you.
When Jesus was here their were many people that followed him and listened to his teachings, but there was a select group that literally spent every waking minute with him for almost three years. These men were called his disciples. A few of them wrote accounts of what they saw and heard, but there were four that wrote in greater detail than the others and they were Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. They wrote very detailed accounts of what happened when they were following Jesus.
These men stated again and again, outlandish things that Jesus said and did that would indicate that he was either the Son of the One True God or he was an outright liar and probably insane too yet.
Lets take a look at a couple of examples: John, Jesus closest disciple, wrote in John 14.9-10 in the bible that if you’ve seen me (Jesus) then you’ve seen the Father (God). Essentially, Jesus is saying here that he is God.
Another thing that John wrote that Jesus said was in John 14.6-7. This was right before the last example I gave you. Here, Jesus said that there is no road to get to the Father (God) accept through him (Jesus). Jesus even told John that he had seen God, because he had seen Jesus.
When Jesus was standing in the Jewish court, in front of the Chief Priest. The Chief Priest asked Jesus if he truly was the Messiah meaning the Savior. In response, Jesus said,
"You yourself said it. And that's not all. Soon you'll see it for yourself: The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One, Arriving on the clouds of heaven."
You can read it yourself here.
Do these comments really sound like a sane person if he wasn’t who he said he was? No really. So let’s examine if Jesus really could be the who he said He was. The Son of God and the Savior of the world.
There are many things that point to the fact that He certainly could be the Son of God. He raised people from the dead, Read it here. He healed countless sick and crippled people.Read it here. But let’s say that all of those things were just flukes. Random things that just happened to happen when Jesus spoke. Pure coincidence. How can we really know that Jesus was the Son of God?
The one thing that separates Jesus from every other religious leader is that He conquered death itself. If you want to know why Jesus had to die on the cross, you’ll have to come back here and read the upcoming post, because it is too much to cover here. The main point is that Jesus didn’t just die on the cross. He also fought against death while in the grave and defeated it, coming back to life again three days after he died.
This proves to me that Jesus was really the Son of God and that everything He said He was while he was here on the earth. The only way to come to this conclusion in a practical way of thinking is to truly believe that Jesus actually did rise from the dead.
Several things point to this fact. One of them is that many people that were there at the time saw him and wrote about it, but the main element that really comes down to proof is what happened after Jesus rose on a cloud to Heaven in front of two of his disciples.
After a short period of time the disciples of Jesus got together and received the Holy Spirit. Right after that, one of the most bold of the disciples, Peter, stood in front of a large crowd in Jerusalem, which is where Jesus was killed not very long before that. Peter spoke to the people about Jesus and what He had taught them. Peter spoke about the rising of Jesus from death and 3000 of those people joined the following of Jesus. Again, 3000 of them.
These people were there when Jesus died. They were there when it was said that he rose from the dead. There is no way that those people would have joined that following if it were not known to be true.
That to me proves who Jesus was.