Who was Jesus? a Modern Summary of an Ancient Story

Who was Jesus? a Modern Summary of an Ancient Story April 11, 2019

Around this time every year, at least 1 television network will run a special on the person of Jesus. This year, it appears to be the History Channel’s turn with their production, Jesus: His Life – executive produced by Joel Osteen. Doubtless, millions flocked to this special, intrigued by the person of Jesus. This is reasonable; the attention Jesus gathers transcends all generations and cultures. The question, “Who is Jesus and what does he mean for me?” is timeless. No one has had a bigger impact on the world than Him.

Sadly, most documentaries/films fall very short on their presentation of Jesus. It’s usually not a problem of production quality, but of biblical and historical accuracy. Influenced by a theologically liberal or unorthodox bias, they often gloss over critical facets of Jesus’ personhood and gospel – reducing Him to something He is not. What they present is not God; it’s an idol. Although I didn’t watch it, based on what I know of Joel Osteen and his preaching, I suspect this year’s History Channel special to be no better.

Nonetheless, asking yourself “Who is Jesus and what does He mean for me?” remains unequivocally the most significant question you will ever ask. The extraordinary assertions made by Jesus, as written in the bible, about Himself and His kingdom, are so prodigious and formidable they command a thoughtful evaluation from even the most rigid skeptics – certainly a more rigorous evaluation than any secular television program can produce. Either Jesus is who He said He was or He isn’t. While simple in principle, this critical distinction bears the weight of eternal life or death.

I urge you to give sincere thought and consideration as I attempt to briefly answer: “Who is Jesus?” While there’s not enough ink, computer memory, or even time to exhaustively answer that question, Scripture does give us the aptitude to handle it with scoped accuracy. Scoped, that is, to know what Scripture tells us. We can know what has been revealed to us. My hope is that this brief study on Jesus will encourage you to seek Him out as He intended us to know Him – within God’s Word. A film, no matter how well produced, will never match a thorough study in Scripture.

In this article, I will begin by addressing who Jesus was historically. Then, I will discuss the claims that set Him apart from every other figure to ever walk the earth. Whereas some may reduce Jesus to just an interesting historical figure, myth, or good teacher, I contend He is infinitely more than that. Jesus is none other than Holy God.


The Historical Account of Jesus

Even the most liberal of theologians will scarcely deny that Jesus was an actual person. He was a living, breathing person who walked, ate, and slept. The rare individual that seriously argues for a fictional/mythical Jesus does so despite heaps of corroborating historical documentation. Aside from the Bible (of which we have ~5, 000 ancient Greek manuscripts and fragments documenting eyewitness accounts), we also have documents from church fathers, Jewish historians, and Roman historians – all confirming Jesus’ real existence. The absurd notion of a fictional Jesus is modern creation put together by liberalism to subdue the holiness of God and heinousness of sin. Such a thing was never a consideration in the ancient world; it was widely believed that Jesus lived and was executed by Rome around 30 A.D.

Having established the reality of the person of Jesus, it’s helpful to also have a basic understanding of Jesus’ culture and religion: Judaism. For anyone unfamiliar with Jesus and His claims, this might seem a bit odd. After all, a follower of Jesus is not a Jew; they’re a Christian. Why would we seek to understand Judaism if we’re ultimately interested in Christianity? Our answer is already there in the phrase “Christian” – root word being “Christ”

It might surprise some that “Christ” is not the last name of Jesus. Developed from the Greek word Christos, meaning “anointed one,” this title was given to Jesus later in life. Those who walked with Jesus recognized His uniqueness. In time, they would realize just how unique He really was! They would understand that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, The Chosen One, the Savior who would deliver God’s people from their sin and pending judgment.

There are literally hundreds of prophetic passages in the Old Testament that speak of a coming Messiah. Incredibly, Jesus, the Christ, fulfills every single one of them! It is truly remarkable when one contemplates the detailed nature of prophecies made hundreds, or thousands, of years before Jesus’ birth

Below are a few examples. In each case, I cite the prophetic Old Testament scripture reference and then underneath the verse(s) in the New Testament that cites its fulfillment in Jesus.

The Messiah would be the Son of God (Psalms 2:7)

  • “He [Jesus] will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:32)
  • “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

The Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham (Genesis 17:7), Isaac (Genesis 21:12), and David (Psalms 132:11; Jeremiah 23:5)

  • “Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.”  (Galatians 3:16)
  • “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.’” (Hebrews 11:17-18)
  • “Concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:3-6)

The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) in Bethlehem of Judea (Micah 5:2)

  •  “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:22-23)
  •  “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:4-5)

In yet another prophecy fulfilled by Christ, many of the Jewish leaders are blind to the fact that Jesus is the promised Messiah. These Jewish religious leaders (called Pharisees) hate Jesus because He teaches a fuller expression of God’s Law. He preaches a need for an inward heart transformation – something the Law was unable to do. Much to the hatred of the Pharisees, Jesus also speaks with the authority of God, performs miracles, and forgives sins. The opposition schemes to stop Jesus. Yet, in all of this, Jesus remains sinless; He upholds God’s Law perfectly.

Using one of Jesus’ followers (Judas) to betray Him, the Pharisees turn Jesus over to the Roman authorities for judgment and execution. The plan to capture and execute Him are also prophesied of in the Old Testament (Isaiah 53:3, Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11:12, Isaiah 53:7, Psalm 22:7-8, Psalm 22-17-18). After being tortured, mocked, beaten, and stabbed, Jesus dies of asphyxiation during His crucifixion. In this cataclysmic, world-changing event, Jesus bears the punishment of sin for His people.

In other words, Jesus – The long-promised Messiah – becomes a propitiation for God’s holy wrath towards sin. Every ounce of stored-up holy rage and judgment from a people, who continually rebel against a perfect God and holy Law, is poured out on Jesus. For those with faith in Christ and His claims, He becomes their Substitute; He takes their rightful place on the cross. The innocent, holy, spotless Lamb is offered up as a sacrifice for the filthy, wretched sinner. It’s important to point out that Jesus extends the offer of forgiveness outside of Israel. It is for all who will receive it.

Unacceptably, many documentaries and films will end about here, however, the impact and work of Jesus does not.


The Radical Claims of Jesus

After Jesus’ death on the cross, He was moved to a tomb. On the 3rd day, He rose from the dead. The resurrection is the single greatest moment in the history of the universe. More than that, it is the lynchpin of Christianity. Without it, the hope of the Christian is all but empty. The importance of this miracle cannot be overstated. Yes, it’s hard to believe. Yes, its doubted by many. But it is absolutely true! It is the distinguishing factor in understanding who Jesus really is. The resurrection of Christ is unique to Christianity and sets it apart from every other religion.

At this point, it’s worth adding that Jesus even predicted this. Consider Matthew 17:22-23, which reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is about the delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.’”

Admittedly, the resurrection is hard to comprehend. It defies everything we know to be true about life and death. Dead people stay dead. Yet, we have reliable, historical documents that say otherwise with Christ’s resurrection. In addition to the eyewitness accounts of the Bible, history also tells us that Jesus’ Apostles continued in ministry for the rest of their lives. It is believed that all of them, except one were executed for their faith. They proclaimed the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus until their last breath.

The infallibility and record found within God’s word ought to be enough for us to believe the account of the resurrection. Yet, the life and death of the apostles are also compelling. If the entire account were a hoax, why would eleven men cling to such things until their death? Indeed, it was the primary cause of their death! Like Jesus, they were persecuted, beaten, tortured, etc. Had any of them been willing to admit that Jesus and His resurrection was just a myth, their life would be spared. But this didn’t happen. These men saw the resurrected Jesus and had their minds opened to see how He fulfilled the Scriptures. They knew that every word Jesus spoke to them was 100% true, and death was preferable over denying their Jesus who bought them with His blood.

There is only one claim that might be more radical than Jesus rising from the dead. It is that Jesus also claimed to be Holy God. Consider some words from Jesus Himself. In John 10:30, He states that “I and the Father are one.” This statement drew considerable anger from many of the Jews, as just a few verses later we read they tried to stone Him – in their eyes this was blasphemy. Elsewhere in the book of John, Jesus declares that “…before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58). Here, Jesus is basically quoting God in the Old Testament when God declares Himself to be “I AM” (Exodus 3:14).

I can think of nothing more radical than claiming to be God. Yet, this is what Jesus claimed and demonstrated. He was God. Correction – He is God. He is very much alive.

History has shown that there is no figure more polarizing than Jesus. He is either who He says He is – God, who resurrected from the dead – or He was completely insane. A great trick of Satan is to try and peg Jesus into some middle ground. Here, He may not be God but He is a great moral teacher, a leader, an interesting figure of history, and even a voice of sound morality; He’s admirable and respectable. He is tolerable for an unbelieving world.

The main problem with some middle-ground makeups of Jesus is that it doesn’t fit the bible or historical record of Him. The claims of Jesus are of such magnitude they demand binary evaluation. He is either God or He isn’t. He either rose from the dead, or He didn’t. To take no position (or even a relaxed one) on the radical claims of Jesus is to deny Him.


Jesus, The Only Hope for Sinners

The truth about Jesus is that He is the eternal, holy, and magnificent God. He existed in eternity past, before the world ever was. In Him, creation was made. He is perfectly holy, supremely righteous, and wholly just. Being just, he must also deal with sin and evil appropriately. When sin entered our world through Adam, all men fell and death reigned. As the book of Romans says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (v. 3:23) and “The wages of sin is death” (v. 6:23). Every member of the human race is fatally flawed and stained with sin. Because of this, we’re born evil and we choose evil. We rage war against the laws and morality of God. We lie, we lust, we steal, we hate, we murder, we blaspheme, we make idols, and we deny the very God who made us. All of us are deserving of judgment and eternal death for our sins.

Yet, from the beginning, God had a rescue plan. He made a promise to redeem His people from the guilt, shame, and judgment of their sins. Prophecies were made about a Messiah and in a mystery that was hidden for ages, God revealed that He is Messiah. Truly – Jesus is the Christ.

For sinners, such as you and me, the person and story of Jesus offers eternal hope. Born of a virgin and fulfilling every prophecy made about the coming Messiah, Jesus came to bring forgiveness, life, and hope. God took the form of man, lived a perfect life, and fulfilled the law completely. He was captured, beaten, tortured, denied and executed by those He came to save. In doing so, He bore the stored wrath of Holy God. He became the substitute and took the punishment His people deserve; the innocent died for the ungodly. After this, He rose from the dead and established His church.

In receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and committing your life to His example and commands, your sins are forgiven. The blood spilled on the cross covers your sins and the judgment you deserve is transferred to Him. Instead of wrath, you receive life. This is the same gospel that has been preached for 2,000 years by men willing to die horrible deaths for their faith.

For those in Christ, we are credited, or imputed, with the righteousness of Jesus. Meaning, in the eyes of God, we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. His perfect, sinless life is given to us and our sinful one is given to Him on the cross. Then, like Jesus, we are resurrected and made new. The effects of our sinful natures linger and will ultimately kill us in this life; however, our souls are set free and now eternal. Our souls enter the joy of the Lord for all eternity where we will receive perfect, new bodies.

For anyone willing to deny the radical claims and life of Jesus, they store up wrath for the day of judgment. A day will come when every person will face a holy God and give an account for the sins they have committed. This will include every lustful thought, every moment of hatred, and every blasphemous word. Even those things done in secret will be brought into the light. Without Christ, no man will be able to stand.

My friend, today you are faced with a binary decision. You can choose to believe and trust that Jesus is everything He said He was, or He wasn’t. In denying Him, you remain under the wrath of God and judgment waits for you. Receive Him today! Trust Him! Believe upon Him! The Bible tells that “All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” There is no sin or evil you’ve committed which grace can not cover. Forgiveness is available to all who seek it.

Seek Him while He still may be found.

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  • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

    Regarding “Around this time every year, at least 1 television network will run a special on the person of Jesus”: I think that more commonly a network presents a series of specials. From watching certain of them, I’ve learned to lower my expectations to such a degree that I cannot be disappointed, and thus I avoid watching them. The new series mentioned in this article, Jesus: His Life, has been promoted repeatedly by other bloggers in the Evangelical section of Patheos: Dr. Ben Witherington and Dr. Scot McKnight. Both participated in its production.

    Regarding “There are literally hundreds of prophetic passages in the Old Testament that speak of a coming Messiah. Incredibly, Jesus, the Christ, fulfills every single one of them!”: Yes–although, as the author knows, He has not yet fulfilled all of them.

    I agree with the author that Jesus is both God and the Son of God. It would be helpful, albeit not necessarily easy, if he explained this more. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of the Trinity, it can be very confusing to read that “He [God] was captured, beaten, tortured, denied and executed by those He came to save” and “In doing so, He bore the stored wrath of Holy God”.

    Note the misspelling in this phrase “the Savoir who would deliver God’s people from their sin and pending judgment”.

    • cometofacts

      I agree with the author that Jesus is both God and the Son of God. It would be helpful, albeit not necessarily easy, if he explained this more. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of the Trinity, it can be very confusing to read that “He [God] was captured, beaten, tortured, denied and executed by those He came to save” and “In doing so, He bore the stored wrath of Holy God”.
      Jesus(as) always referred to himself as having been sent by God Almighty. For instance: ”This is Eternal Life: to know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent ”(John 17:3)

      Jesus(as) had not the slightest hesitation in affirming the Unity of God. For instance we read his advise in the Gospels: ”One of the scribes came and asked him, which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him , The first Of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel, the Lord, our God, is One Lord: and thou shall love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: This is the first commandment.. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth; for there is One God; and there is none other but He.”(Mark12:29-32). The religion of Christians (who are followers of Trinity) is deprived of the Unity of God. These people have turned away from the True God and have made a new god for themselves who is the son of an Israeli woman. But is this new god all powerful as the True God is? His own history bears witness against this. Had he been all-powerful, he would not have been beaten up by the Jews, would not have been taken into custody by the Romans and would not have been put upon the cross.

      • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

        Jesus did indeed speak of the unity of God. He also spoke of Himself as the Son of God. It was for this reason that when He was tried, He was convicted of blasphemy, and condemned to death. Earlier in His life, the following had happened:

        For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
        –John 5:18 (NASB)

        The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”
        –John 10:33 (NASB)

        Jesus repeatedly predicted what you say God would not have allowed had He been “all powerful”.

        They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34“They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”
        –Mark 10:32-34 (NASB)

        He willingly obeyed God to death–and beyond.

        • cometofacts

          The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”–John 10:33 (NASB)

          In numerous instances the expression son of God is applied to prophets, to the righteous and to believers. The following are only some examples out of many: ”Israel is My son, even My first born”. (Exodus 4:22) ”Also I will make him (David) My first born, higher than the kings of the earth.” (Psalms 89:27) ”He (Solomon) shall be My son, and I will be his Father. (1. Chron 22:10) ” Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matt. 5:9) ” Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. ” (John 3:1)

          More significant than all this is the explanation furnished by Jesus himself, which is as follows: ” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; because that thou, being man, makest thyself God. (John 10:31-33)

          Now here the crucial question was directly posed to Jesus. Did he claim to be God, the second person in the Trinity, as he subsequently came to be represented? His answer must be accepted by all those who profess to believe in him and follow him.
          Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods? If he called them gods unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, thou blasphemeth; because I said, I am the son of God (John 10:34-35).

          This makes it quite clear that the expression, son of God, when applied to Jesus, by himself or by others, meant no more in his case than it means in its application to others in scripture, ( of which several instances above). He was son of God in that sense, but in no way at all God, the son, the second person in the Trinity as is now claimed.

          • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

            I see the Lord’s answer in John 10:34-35 very differently. I understand Him to be saying, in effect: “Seeing as God called other men “gods”, why do you object to me referring to myself as the son of, seeing as I have been sanctified and sent into the world by God?

            There are, as I think you know, other instances in which Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of God in ways which are not like those which you have cited. For example, you have cited I Chronicles 22:10, in which God called Solomon His son. Compare that with this:

            “The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.”
            –Matthew 12:42 (ESV)

            This was just after this:

            He [Jesus] said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him:
            how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
            Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?
            I tell you, something greater than the temple is here
            –Mark 12:3-6 (ESV)

            By “something greater”, He was referring to Himself. He was saying that He was greater than Solomon and greater than the temple.

          • cometofacts

            Those who were perfectly righteous have been called sons of God in the Holy Scriptures. This does not mean that they were actually the sons of God; such a things would be blasphemous, as God has no sons or daughters. Such expressions only mean that the reflection of God had been displayed in the clear mirrors of those righteous personages. The reflection of a person in a mirror is, metaphorically speaking, his son; for as a son is born of the father, a reflection is born of the original. When a reflection of Divine manifestations appears in a heart that is absolutely pure without any kind of stain, the reflection is metaphorically like a son of the original. That is why Israel was called the first begotten of God in
            the Torah.

            If you confine to describing Jesus, son of Mary, as the son of God just as Abraham(pbuh), Isaac(pbuh), Ishmael(pbuh), Jacob(pbuh), Joseph(pbuh), Moses(pbuh), David(pbuh),Solomon(pbuh) and others were metaphorically called sons of God in the Scripture, there would have been no objection to it. Just as these Prophets were called sons of God or God in some prophecies. The truth is that all these descriptions are metaphorical; none of those Prophets were sons of God. Such expressions abound in scriptures as indications of God’s love. When a person becomes so devoted in his love for God Almighty that his self disappears altogether, such expressions are applied to him since his ego ceases to exist altogether.(Ruhanikhazain)

          • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

            Those who are “”perfectly righteous”? Jesus said the following about them:

            And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
            And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”
            –Mark 10:17-18 (ESV)

            Before you conclude that Jesus did not see Himself as good, and thus not divine, consider the following passage from the same book:

            And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”
            But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
            And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
            And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need?
            You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.
            –Mark 14:60-64 (ESV)

          • cometofacts

            There is no doubt that Jesus is without question loved and honored by God, a light of the world and the sun of guidance. He was glorified before the Lord God and possessed a status close to His throne. Millions of those who love him, follow his teachings, and act upon his guidance will receive deliverance from hell. However, it is a serious error and disbelief to raise such a chosen servant of God to divinity.

            Those whom God loves are very close to Him and have a special relationship with Him. If, on account of this relationship, they sometimes refer to themselves as the “sons of God”, or claim that God speaks through them or manifests Himself in them, then these claims are true in a sense and from a perspective which must be explained. The use of such terms —for those who lose themselves in God and then emerge in a new form after being nurtured by the light of God— is a time honored tradition among those bestowed with Divine knowledge. It is sometimes said that God has appeared in such a person. This expression does not mean that the person is himself Lord of the Worlds. Many have lost their footing on entering this delicate château of thought and, as consequence of this confusion, thousands of pious people, holy men, and avatars have been worshiped as God. The truth is that the populace fails to appreciate the essence of spiritual issues and, at some point, distorts matters, Present day Christian scholars are also trapped in this mistake, seeking to somehow establish the divinity of Jesus(as). This is a violation of God’s rights. (Ruhanikhazain)

          • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

            I think that whatever words of the Bible I may cite, you are not going to be convinced that Jesus considered Himself to be divine, and His disciples who knew Him personally considered Him to be divine.

            According to the gospel accounts, He was condemned to death because He claimed to be not merely one of many “sons of God”, but one particular person: the Messiah, i.e. “the Son of the Blessed”. The Sanhedrin considered this to be blasphemy.

            Do you think the Jews who did not believe in Him would believe He was blasphemous if they had understood Him to be saying that He was just one of many “sons of God”? Would they have wanted to kill Him for that?

          • cometofacts

            I also beleive that Jesus was divine but it does not mean that he had partnership in Divinity. God Almighty is Creator and Jesus was a creation. The doctrine of Trinity necessarily imports the complete equality in all respects of the three persons of the Trinity, for if there were inequality in any respect between them that would mean the superiority of one over the other two in which case the one, or the two, that lacked equality could not be God; the one who has superiority over the other two would be God of the universe, including the other two. Even a cursory study of the Gospels and the Epistles reveals that in respect of the attributes of which there is a record the Father is supreme and there is a disclaimer by Jesus of those attributes. Jesus has always called towards God Almighty; the Creator of each and every particle of this universe. For example he says that God alone is the true source of honour, as we read: ”How Can you believe when you accept honur from one another, and care nothing for the honour that comes from him who alone is God. (John 5:44).

            Secondly, Jesus was certainly sent as a Messiah on time, according to the prophecies of Old Testament, to reform the people of Israel of his time and to maintain Mosaic Law among them in its original form. Some humble people of Israel accepted him but mostly rejected him in the area of Jerusalem and specially the arrogant and haughty religious leaders (Sadducees, Pharisees etc) of his time.

            This attitude of Jews of Jesus’ time was not unnatural as the history of all prophets have the same story of opposition from the first addressers. Religious leaders likeSadducees, Pharisees etc. had not opposed Jesus that they had much love for God Almighty. Actually they loved their ownselves and their worldly positions. Whenever in the world a reformer is sent by God Almighty these religious experts and leaders are particularly vocal about expressing such feelings because arrival of a man of God leads to a change in their incomes and prestige. Their students and disciples begin to emerge from their trap because they find all excellent qualities of faith, morality and knowledge in the person who is from God. Those possessing sense and discrimination therefore begin to understand that these scholars do not deserve the respect that they had been previously accorded on the basis of educational accomplishment, piety and abstinence.Sensible people who do not wish to lose their faith therefore turn away from these scholars. Religious scholars and patriarchs have always been jealous of God’s Prophets and Messengers because of the foregoing losses. The members of this faction are in fact deficient; they possess very little of Divine light and their flaws are totally exposed during a Prophet or Messenger’s time. Their egos give rise to a hostility towards God’s Prophets and the righteous, and they selfishly devise plans to injure them.

            Those arrogant religious leaders (Sadducees,Pharisees etc) of Jesus’ time tried to remove him from their way by making false complaints against Jesus to Roman government. Jesus was a prophet of God Almighty and he always talked about spiritual kingdom but the Jews of his time misrepresented his sayings and posed him as a rebellion of the government who wanted to become a king of the country. Those religious leaders (pharisees and sadducees etc.) also misguided other Israelite of the area and planned to remove Jesus from their way. They made false complaints against Jesus before Roman government that he was a rebellion who wanted to become a king of the country. Jesus was a prophet of God and used to talk about spiritual kingdom but the Jews of his time misrepresented his sayings and posed him as a rebellion of the government . We read in Gospels that those Jews religious Leaders compelled the Pilate to give him the punishment of death on cross. Pilate had made many attempts to save Jesus. He gave the enraged crowds an option either to save Jesus’ life or that of a notorious criminal called Barabbas. (Matthew 27:15– 26)

            ”(15) Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted. (16)At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.(17) So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” (18)For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over. (20)But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death. (21)But the governor said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” (22)Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify Him!” (23) And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!” (24)When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.”(25)And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!” (26) Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

    • Christiane Smith

      I agree that many fundamentalist-evangelicals will say to you ‘Jesus is NOT God, He is the Son of God’.
      The first time I heard that said, I was very surprised indeed, having been brought up a ‘trinitarian’. I had no idea that there were Christian people who did not believe in ‘the Holy Trinity’. I would very much like to see some of the best evangelical teachers and writers who are in agreement with the early creeds explain the ‘concept’ of the Holy Trinity to those in the faith that have never learned about it. That is, explain it only in so far as it can be explained, as the doctrine of the Holy Trinity itself will tell you: it’s a mystery beyond our complete understanding. Si comprendis, non est Deus.

  • cometofacts

    In receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and committing your life to His example and commands, your sins are forgiven. The blood spilled on the cross covers your sins and the judgment you deserve is transferred to Him.

    It is God’s eternal and established law that He forgives in response to repentance and penitence, and hears the prayers of His righteous servants which are offered by way of intercession. Is there any law or philosophy which can make us understand how the Messiah’s blood could have cleansed the inner impurities of other people?

    The reality of sin from the viewpoint of spiritual philosophy is that sin is a poison that is born when man does not obey God, does not love Him fervently and does not remember Him with love. A person whose heart has become estranged from God’s love is like a tree which, having been uprooted from the soil and, therefore, being unable to absorb water, withers with each passing day and soon loses all its verdure. Sin devastates man just as dryness kills a tree. It is God’s eternal and established law that He forgives in response to repentance and penitence, and hears the prayers of His righteous servants which are offered by way of intercession. But we never observe in the Divine law of nature that ‘A’ hits his own head with a stone and this cures the headache of ‘B’. (Ruhanikhazain)

  • Brien

    Now let’s tell you a story about a man named Jesus:

    God assaulted/raped, by proxy, inseminated a virgin named Mary, in order to bring his son incarnate into our world.
    A cowardly action….
    Mary and her fiancee?, Joseph, had to travel to Bethlehem to register for the census. There Mary gave birth to the Son of God.
    God put a star in the sky to guide people to the baby.
    In a dream God told Joseph to take his family to Egypt. Then God stood by and watched as Herod killed thousands and thousands of babies in Israel in an attempt to kill Jesus. (wow!)

    As a man, God’s son claimed that he was God incarnate: “I am the way, the truth and the life,” he said.
    This man performed many miracles. He healed lots of sick people. He turned water into wine. These miracles prove that he is God? Miracles??
    But he was eventually given the death sentence and killed by crucifixion.

    His body was placed in a tomb.
    But three days later, the tomb was empty.
    And the man, alive once again but still with his wounds (so anyone who doubted could see them and touch them), appeared to many people in many places.

    Then he ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God the father almighty, never to be seen again.

    Today you can have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
    You can pray to this man and he will answer your prayers.
    He will cure your diseases, rescue you from emergencies, help you make important business and family decisions, comfort you in times of worry and grief, etc.
    This man will also give you eternal life, and if you are good he has a place for you in heaven after you die.

    The reason we know all this is because, after the man died, four people named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote accounts of the man’s life. Their written attestations are proof of the veracity of this story.
    This, of course, is the story of Jesus.

    Do you believe this story?

    You are Delusional
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