Jesus pointed to the evidence of His life to testify that He was who He claimed to be: The Messiah, the Son of God. Previous posts touched on this point somewhat.
When word comes from John the Baptist asking, “Who are you?”, Jesus directs the messengers to go and tell John what He is saying and doing. Matthew 11:2-5
In defending Himself before the Jews, Jesus says that His works bear witness that He is from God. John 5:36. He does not say “Trust me on this.”
When accused of blasphemy for stating that He and the Father are One, Jesus tells his accusers that they need not believe on the basis of words alone —
Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” John 10:37-28.
Three lines of evidence support His claims.
1. Jesus fulfilled Messianic prophecies. These prophecies were made hundreds of years before the events, even by liberal reckoning.
2. Jesus lived a miraculous and sinless life.
3. His resurrection from the dead was the pivotal proof.
The first two lines will be addressed sometime in April. But since Easter, aka “Resurrection Day,” is fast approaching, the next few posts will focus on the proof for His resurrection from the dead.
The Apostle Paul stated that the resurrection is THE crucial piece of evidence: “ . . . and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17. Jesus is both fully God and fully man. He needed to be fully God to live a perfect life and to be fully man to be the sacrifice on our behalf.
Anyone can offer to die for another’s sin. If I state that I am going to die for your sins, and I then die, how do you know that I accomplished my purpose? After all, I have my own sins to account for, and I can’t bring myself back to life. The miraculous resurrection demonstrates that Jesus is who He claimed to be and that His sacrifice is efficacious and not in vain.
2 thoughts on “What Evidence Did Jesus Offer to Prove His Claims?”
Thanks for the article. Have you read The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by by Gary Habermas or The resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical approach by Michael Licona? It’s encouraging to see two evangelicals defend the validity of the resurrection, but as you mentioned, Jesus pointed to his life to testify that He was who He claimed to be. Keep sharing the good news.
No, I haven’t. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the tip.