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Who is Jesus Christ?  Here's what the Bible says...


Virtually all modern scholars of ancient writings (both Christian and non-Christian) agree on one thing, Jesus of Nazareth as spoken of in the Bible existed as a real person.  And while they may debate some of the events of his life, they are agreed in general that he was baptised by John The Baptiser and crucified by the orders of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. 

But... who exactly was Jesus?

Who is Jesus Christ?  Is he a man, a good moral teacher, a philosopher, a prophet... God?

According to the Bible, Jesus is God in the flesh (John 1:14).  The Bible says that no one has seen God but Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, has made him known (John 1:18). 

If Jesus truly existed as the Bible says he did and if Jesus is indeed God, then this alone is reason to believe in God... to entrust you eternal salvation to him as your living Saviour.  So please read on because this is one thing you cannot afford to be wrong about.

The Bible says that although Jesus was always God (and still is) Jesus, who created the universe (John 1:3), humbled himself and entered this world as a human (Philippians 2:6-8), being born in a stable in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph.  He did this for one purpose alone: to be the perfect sacrifice (Romans 8:3) to pay for the sins of mankind so that all who repent and trust in him may not die but have eternal life (John 3:16).  

Jesus sinless life and his miracles are powerful evidence that he was God's Messiah, the Christ.

Because God is just, he demanded that sin be paid for.  Because he is merciful, he paid for it.  We did the crime, he paid the fine.  This was accomplished when Jesus, the sinless Son of God, died on a cross in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Its not that God was going to sacrifice us on a cross, but the cross was recognised as a place of curse and rejection and on the cross Jesus came under the curse of sin (though he was sinless)  and was rejected by God in our place.  His death was to save sinners from hell, the ultimate place of rejection.  The place where a Holy God will one day send unrepentant sinners forever.

Because Jesus was not sinful but holy, God raised him from death three days later proving he had authority over sin and death.  It was impossible for death to hold the sinless Son of God.  After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to over 500 people before being taken up into heaven bodily.  His resurrection and ascension proving that God has accepted Jesus sacrifice as full payment for humanity's sin.  To all who repent and put their trust in Jesus, his death is effective for them in bringing forgiveness, new birth into God's family, eternal life and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  These things are not earned.  They are a gift.  "The wages (ie. you earn it or deserve it) of sin is death, but the gift (ie. you don't deserve it) of God is eternal life, in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

Just as Jesus left this world in bodily form, so he will come again to judge the world.  The first time he came, it was in a smelly stable, the next time it will be with all his heavenly might and power, accompanied by heaven's angels and with the glory of God the Father.  But before he comes to judge the world, he will return as promised (John 14:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18) to call all believers (those who repent and trust Jesus for salvation) home to be with him.  

 

Did Jesus Christ exist?   How to examine the written evidence


By two foundational rules (outlined below) for confirming the accuracy of historical writings, the evidence for the life of Jesus, written about in the New Testament of the Bible, is phenomenal!  There is in fact about 2,500 times more evidence for the existence of Jesus, than then there is for the famous emperor Caesar.  

There is general agreement among Jews, Christians and atheists that Jesus of Nazareth, upon whom the Christian faith is built, lived and died.

For example, the Roman historians Tacitus (directly) and Suetonius (indirectly) both write about him.  Tacitus speaks of Jesus crucifixion by Pontius Pilate.  The Jewish historian Josephus, born in AD 37
(who was not a Christian) describes Jesus and his followers thus:

“Now there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works - a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and then thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians so named after him, are not extinct at this day.”

So there is evidence outside the Bible for the existence of Jesus.

But what of the Bible itself?  Since the Bible was written so long ago, how do we know that what was first written has not been changed over the years?  That's a fair question.

The answer is found in a science called textural criticism. Basically, when scholars examine ancient texts there is...

(1) a general rule that the more texts (manuscripts) you have, the less doubts there are about the original.

(2) Another rule is that the authenticity and integrity of these texts is established by how close the copies were written after the original. The closer they were written to the original, the more reliable.

When you apply these rules to the chart below, the evidence is phenomenal!

Written evidence that the biblical Jesus Christ existed


The documentation below demonstrates that Jesus Christ is not a myth, but that he existed
!

 

Written Work

When written

Earliest Copy

Time Span

No. of copies

Herodotus

488-429 BC

AD 900

1,300 years

8

Thucydides

c. 460-400 BC

c. AD 900

1,300 years

8

Tacitus

100 AD

1100 AD

1,000 years

20

Caesar's Gallic War

58-50 BC

900 AD

950 years

9-10

Livy's Roman History

59 BC - 17 AD

900 AD

900 years

20


New Testament
of the Bible

40 - 100 AD

130 AD

300 years

5,000 Greek
10,000 Latin
9,300 Others
24,000+ Total