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Who is Jesus? Is Jesus Christ a myth or a historical figure? Did He ever existed or is He a mythical character who never existed? Who was Jesus, really? What ancient secular historians say "Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius; but the pernicious superstition (Christ's resurrection), repressed for a time broke out again, not only through Judea where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also." (Tacitus, Roman historian, Annals XV 44, AD 112) "Now there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be indeed 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 ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians so named after him, are not extinct at this day." (Josephus, Jewish historian, Antiquities, xviii 33, AD 93) "The man (Jesus) who was crucified in Palestine because he introduced this new cult into the world." (Lucian of Samosata, The Passing Peregrinus, 2nd century) "On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu (Jesus) and the herald went before him for forty days saying (Yeshu) is going forth to be stoned in that he hath practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel." (Babylonia Sanhedrin 43a, part of Jewish Talmud) From the above, we can be certain that Jesus existed and was not a mythical figure. But Jesus is more than a mere man. He claims to be God.

His teachings Jesus' teachings have no equal in moral and ethical excellence in its content. No liar or lunatic could ever come up with such self-incriminating truths. His teachings form the foundation of the entire Western civilisation.

"They (Jesus' teachings) are read more, quoted more, loved more, believed more, and translated more because they are the greatest words ever spoken...Their greatness lies in the pure lucid spirituality in dealing clearly, definitively, and authoritatively with the greatest problems that throb in the human breast...No other man's words have the appeal of Jesus' words because no other man can answer these fundamental human questions as Jesus answered them. They are the kind of words and the kind of answers we would expect God to give." (Bernard Ramm, Professor of Theology) His works Jesus is omnipresent, that is, He could be present everywhere (John 14:16, 26; 16:7, 13; Matt 18:20; 28:20). He is omniscient, that is, He has infinite knowledge (Matt 24:24-25; John 16:30; 21:17; Luke 6:8; 11:17). He is omnipotent, that is, He is all-powerful. He created the universe (John 1:30); He has power over nature (Mark 4:4; Matt 21:19); He overpowers demons (Mark 5:11-15); He heals diseases (Luke 4:38-41); He exercises power over death (John 5:25-29; 6:39); He performs miracles (John 5:36; 10:25, 37-38; 20:30-31). His miracles demonstrated clearly who Jesus was. Jesus held up the miracles as credentials that He was the Son of God: "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him" (John 10:37-38). The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them He has authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:5-7). He has power to raise the dead (John 5:25-29). He accepted honour and worship (Matt 15:25; John 5:23) He instructed to pray in His name (John 14:13). He claims to hold people's eternal destiny (John 6:40; Luke 12:8-9). His sinless life and character Jesus had no sin - not in word, deed or even thought (Heb 4:15). Some people may claim to be righteous, maybe even perfect. But nobody will take them seriously, especially those well acquainted with them. But those disciples who followed Jesus, ate with Him and walked and talked with Him constantly throughout His ministry for three years, testified to and were willing to die for their belief that He was the sinless Son of God. Jesus challenged His enemies, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?" (John 8:46). None could.

Even at His trial, His accusers had to resort to false witnesses because no one could testify to any wrong He had ever done (Matt 26:59-61). The Roman governor Pilate's verdict was, "I find no fault in Him" (John 19:6). The centurion who oversaw Jesus' execution, was so filled with awe, "glorified God, saying, `Certainly this was a righteous Man!'" (Luke 23:47). One of the criminals, who was crucified with Jesus, rebuked the other condemned man: "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong" (Luke 23:40-41).

His fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy His birth and life were prophesied over 300 times in the Bible centuries before His actual advent. Only Jesus fulfilled all of them. Jesus could not have accidentally or deliberately fulfilled these prophecies. Born of a virgin (Isa 7:14) Born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2) Preceded by a forerunner (Mal 3:1) Entered Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech 9:9) Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zech 11:12) Crucified with other prisoners (Isa 53:12) Pierced through hands and feet (Ps 22:16) Buried in a rich man's tomb (Isa 53:9) Would be resurrected (Ps 16:10) His Resurrection Frank Morrison was a young journalist who set out to do disprove Christianity once and for all. He knew that if he could debunk the Resurrection story, Christianity would fall like a pack of cards. So he started out his research with the aim to prove the Resurrection of Christ was a hoax. At the end of his research, he wrote a book, entitled, "Who Moved the Stone?" The preface of the book was "The Book that Refused to be Written" wherein he explained his original intention and after examining the evidence of the Resurrection, he himself became a believer in the Resurrection of Christ.


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