Where Jesus is Lord and people matter!
HOME, Who Are We? Questions?, Food Bank, Assemblies, FAQ Jesus, Kids' Page, News, Itinerary, Leaders, Links, Map, CrossView Prayer Ministries, Prayer Requests, Prayer Workshop, Prayer Retreat, Study Resources, Our History
"Was Jesus A Real Person?"
Yes, Jesus actually lived. No credible historian today would deny the existence of a carpenter & teacher from Nazareth named Jesus. The Bible gives his life history, but several non-biblical historians of his era also mention him. Josephus (AD 37-95) the Jewish historian wrote about him, and so did Roman historians Tacitus (AD 55-120) and Seutonius (born AD 120.)
#9- "Did Jesus Ever Claim To Be The Son Of God?"
Yes, several times.
Once when attacked by his enemies, Jesus said, "I and the Father
are one." Then he spoke of the miracles he had done, and asked
"For which of these do you stone me?"
Another time when
his enemies tried to kill him, he had said, "Before Abraham was
born, I am!" - claiming to be the "Jehovah" of Exodus
3:14. (John 8:58.)
#8- "Why Did People Believe His Claims; Weren't They Just Superstitious?"
People believed Jesus'
claims because he proved them. How? By fulfilling all the Old Testament
prophecies about the coming of God's own Son-the "Messiah."
Daniel the prophet
(600 BC) predicted that the Messiah would come during the Roman Empire
(the fourth empire from Daniel's day) and establish God's Kingdom (Daniel
2:44-45.) Jesus fulfilled it. And the prophet Zechariah (520 BC) amazingly
predicted that the Messiah would be sold for 30 pieces of silver, which
would be thrown back into the temple (Zech. 11:12-13.)
#7- "Since The Bible Was Written So Long Ago, How Do We Know We Have The Words Jesus Actually Spoke?"
Because of the wealth
of carefully hand-copied manuscripts-more than for any other ancient work.
There are 13,000 ancient manuscripts for the New Testament alone! Compare
that to only 7 for the works of Plato, 5 for Aristotle, 8 for Herodotus,
and only 9 for Euripedes.
#6- "Did Jesus Actually Work Miracles?"
Yes, Jesus worked
scores of miracles right in front of his enemies, yet they never denied
it. And he worked so many miracles, that they can't be explained by "mass
hypnosis" or "emotionally overwrought witnesses."
It's amazing that people today will deny that Jesus, or his disciples, ever worked miracles, yet no one in Jesus' day ever denied it. His enemies never denied it. And those who saw his disciples work miracles never denied it-they said, "Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it." (Acts 4:16.)
#5- "Did Jesus Really Die On The Cross, Or Just Faint And Awaken Later?"
No one in Jesus'
day, including his enemies, denied that he died on the cross.
#4- "Did Jesus Actually Rise From The Dead, Or Did His Disciples Just Hide The Body?"
On the third day
after his death, Jesus literally came back from the dead. His spirit returned
to his dead body (John 20:1-18.)
#3- "Didn't The Disciples Just Mistake Jesus' Ghost For A Resurrection?"
No, Jesus actually
appeared in bodily form. He spent over a month-40 days-with hundreds of
his disciples after his resurrection. He ate meals with them, taught them
and readied them to be his witnesses (Acts 1:3-8.) On one appearance Jesus
said to them, "Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and
bones, as you see I have" and then he ate fish with them (Luke
In the Parable of
the Sower, Jesus said people fail to believe because Satan comes and steals
the good news out of the hearts of hearers (Luke 8:12.)
"If Jesus Was Really The Son of God, Why Did He Let Himself Be Killed?"
Because his death
and resurrection had a purpose.
The purpose of Christ's life, death and resurrection was to repair our broken relationship to the Father-the "forgiveness of sins." As the Holy Spirit later said through the Apostle Paul, "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures By this gospel (good news) you are saved "(1Cor. 15:1-4.)
Since every human being born after Adam's likeness has sinned-or "fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)-everybody needs their alienation from God repaired. Isaiah said that "your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you " (59:2.)
himself for us-he went to hell on the cross so we don't have to go there
ourselves. He was the sinless Son of God, yet he absorbed our sins so
we could be free. All the guilt and shame of every sin-whether child molestation,
murder, adultery, theft, lying, etc-all sin and shame were placed on him.
Are you such a believer? Do you have questions? If you need help in finding your walk with Christ, contact us.