If you read the previous post on this blog, “The Historicity of Jesus from Non-Christian Sources,” you would know that there is plenty of extra-Biblical evidence that points to Jesus being a real man who walked the Earth some thousands of years ago.
If you didn’t read the article, click the button below to read about some of the historical evidence we have to back up Jesus’ life on Earth. Knowing this information will be pertinent to today’s blog.
Although identifying Christ as a real man is an important step in salvation, you must also believe that Jesus is the Son of God (or God in the flesh) who came down from Heaven to live, minister, suffer death, conquer it, rise from the dead, and ascend back into Heaven after appearing to more than 500 people after rising from the dead.
In this blog, I will share with you some of the evidence we have for Jesus' divinity. While some of these rely exclusively on the historical narrative found in the gospels, others rely on secondary sources and other pieces of history.
Fulfilled prophesy (in the Bible)
Jesus Himself was evidence of His own divinity. His birth was foretold in books of the Old Testament thousands of years before He was born.
In II Samuel 7, God gives a message to Nathan the prophet that he is asked to pass along to David.
"And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men..." - II Samuel 2:12-14
Here, we see that God is telling Nathan that someone will come from the line of David who will set up a kingdom built in God's name. This clearly points to Jesus as we are made aware in the genealogy of Jesus that He is a descendant of David.
The first verse of the first chapter of Matthew says that Jesus Christ is the son of David. It purposely lists each of the men in Jesus' family tree.
There are plenty of other things the Old Testament points out about Christ, but I won't go into them specifically. Perhaps in a different blog. Instead, I think this video will show you how Jesus fulfilled prophesy and just how probable it was statistically.
But Jesus Himself predicted a number of things that we can historically see have come true.
As mentioned in the previous blog, many scholars, even atheists and those of other faiths, do believe that Jesus was alive and died on the cross. His divinity is seen when He predicts that He will die at the hands of the elders.
Before He was killed, Jesus also made predictions that Judas would betray him (John 13:18-30, John 18), that Simon Peter would deny Him three times before the cock crowed (Matthew 26:31-35, Matthew 26:75), and so on.
Fulfilled prophesy (historically corroborated by Bible)
There is so much to be said here, but I want to present one specific example: the destruction of the temple.
"And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." - Mark 13:1-2
Historically, this did happen a couple of decades after Christ died. According to the History Channel, the second Temple was destroyed by Romans in 70 A.D. During the time leading up to the destruction, the Jewish people began to rebel against the Roman Empire.
A change in the lives of the disciples
One very interesting indication that Jesus was divine was the radical change His resurrection brought to the lives of the disciples. We know that the disciples weren't always the most trustworthy or brave men. We know this because of Judas' betrayal, Peter's denial of Christ, doubting Thomas (who didn't believe in the risen savior until he put his hands into Jesus' wounds, and because the disciples, for the most part, ran away when Jesus was arrested in the garden.
The men were sorely afraid of dying for Jesus or alongside Him, so they denied Him and betrayed Him until He was risen again. After this, we see a huge change in the disciples. They begin fervently preaching Jesus' message to people in places that didn't believe in God. This subsequently cost them their lives. Here are some of the apostles and how they were killed.
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I pray that now that you've been exposed to information on Jesus' humanity and divinity, you will trust Him as your LORD and savior. Please feel free to comment with a question or statement below.
If you'd like to trust in Jesus, you must admit you're a sinner, believe Jesus died for you, and confess Him as your LORD and turn away from sin. For more information, click "details" below the comment section.
HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
There is a common misconception that there are several ways to get to Heaven when you die. This isn't true. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.
God is a perfect being who designed each and every one of us. He is sinless, good, and perfect. However, after Eve ate that apple, sin was released into the world and, as a result, everyone was born into sin and everyone does wrong. Only those without sin can enter into Heaven. But don't worry, Jesus came down to Earth and paid your sin debt do you could go to Heaven. Jesus is our salvation and offers us a way to Heaven. A way to live with Him forever. Here is what you have to do: