“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
I preach Jesus to anyone and everyone, but why? Why do I think that Jesus is who He says He is? What nutcase would believe that a virgin gave birth to someone that would die for my sins, but then rise and live again so that I too could live forever in Heaven? It all sounds so crazy, but it’s true. Let me tell you some of the reasons why I believe in Jesus Christ.
First off, Jesus was a real man who lived around 2000 years ago. That is solid fact that has been documented by all sides at the time. Whether it was Christians, Jews, Romans, Greeks, or otherwise, Jesus and His following was well written about. Of course you have the scriptures, but look up any of the writings of extra biblical sources: Josephus was a Jewish historian, Pliny was a Greek historian, Tacitus is a Roman historian. All of them wrote at length about Jesus and the happenings of the time. They said that Jesus was charismatic, gathered many people around Himself, and preached about a better way of life. Just as we have writings and accounts of Gandhi, the Dali Lama, or Abraham Lincoln, this was no different about Jesus, the supposed son of God Almighty. There are literally more writings speaking of Jesus and His existence than there are for people like Shakespeare or Cleopatra.
For that matter, one thing that also strikes me is that nobody ever disputed Jesus’ miracles, they only disputed where His power came from. Naysayers said He got His powers from the devil or somewhere else, but not that the miracles didn’t happen. This was partly because at the time, anyone could go speak face to face with people who were actually part of those miracles. From healing people of blindness and leprosy to feeding a crowd of well over 5000 people, there were witnesses all over that could attest to first hand knowledge of Jesus and what He did.
And what about Jesus’ disciples? Maybe they were covering up the resurrection and making it all up? That’s a tough one to sell, because they went to their various early graves still preaching Christ. I don’t know a person ever who would willingly be tortured and killed for something they knew was a lie. Not gonna happen. When the end draws near, you will look for solid ground to stand on, so to speak. Jesus Christ was their answer all the way to the end.
Speaking of first hand knowledge, during some of His sermons, Jesus made some pretty bold statements that went unchallenged. You’d figure there would have been someone, at least one or two people, who grew up with Jesus and questioned that whole “sinless life” deal. Maybe somebody could have asked why He missed going to the synagogue at least a couple times in His life, but no. No questions, no “what about the time…”, just agreement. That’s an amazing feat just by itself, and one that not even the best of us could say in a crowd.
So the history of Jesus is solid, but so what? What does that really mean, you might ask. The fact is that if Jesus really existed, you then need to confront the issue of was Jesus really who He said He was? Jesus said He was the Son of God. He said that those who have seen Jesus have seen God. Jesus came as Immanuel: God with us. If He isn’t the Savior and Living God, then either Jesus was a bold-faced liar or He was completely insane. There’s no getting around that statement. Yes He’s God or no He’s not, plain and simple.
To close this rather deep dive into Christ’s legacy, I can say that it’s not just His history that makes me believe, but it’s also what Jesus has done and continues to do for me and my family. I have many preachers and even a bonafide healer in my family tree who were all led by Jesus Christ. They felt the power of God Almighty in their lives enough to proclaim the gospel and so do I. I personally have experienced miracles and been a part of the supernatural favor that only comes from Jesus. My children and their ordeals and experiences alone could make for an interesting best seller.
What I’m saying is that Jesus not only was a great man, but He continues His good works in me and He can do the same for you if you accept His finished work on the cross. It’s hard to release your heart to love someone, but who is more qualified to hold your heart than the creator? God knows you, all of your good and bad sides, and He loves you anyway. Let His healing be your healing and His peace be your peace. I promise you, it will be the best decision you will ever make.
God’s blessings to you.