Our hope as Christians rests on the authenticity of the Christ and His promise of salvation. Our faith in the truth of His claim to be the Messiah and the true Son of God can come from personal experiences with Him, reading His Word, and conversing with Him through prayer. In Mark 14:61-62 Jesus is asked if He is the “Son of the Blessed One” to which He replies, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven.” If Jesus Christ is the Son of God, though, shouldn’t there be evidence of this fact? If the Creator of this world truly wants salvation for His creation, there should be some proofs of Him guiding the movement of His Son to lead the world to salvation.
We have the Bible that God has used to reveal Himself to us. There are many people who doubt that this book is anything other than a creation of men. Do we have anything that points to the contrary? And do we have anything else that could point us to evidence of Jesus’ divinity and existence on Earth?
In this article, I will give a few evidences to the claims of Christianity as presented by the Bible. These evidences point to God’s hand of blessing over the Christian movement as an evidence of the divinity of Christ. How, you say? If Jesus is the Son of God, there would be many ways that He would guide the movement to extend the offer of salvation to the world. While there are many evidences for this, I will highlight a few of them.
If Jesus is Son of God Then
There Should Be Thousands of the Book That Claims He Is
If God is blessing the Bible and its message of salvation, He should make sure that there are several copies of manuscripts for us to look back on for verification. The New Testament claims that Jesus is the Messiah, so we should have a plethora of manuscripts to check this fact for accuracy. The Bible is 2,000 years old though. We didn’t have printing presses back then, so books had to be written by hand, meaning it took months to complete one book. Having just a few of those would be a miracle. We have only 20 copies of Tacitus, and it is almost 1,000 years newer than the New Testament. Let’s look at the chart below to compare.
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What we can tell from this chart is that outside of the New Testament, Homer’s Iliad is the ancient document that has the most manuscript copies and is from the shortest timespan. The numbers correlating with Iliad are astonishing in comparison to other ancient manuscripts. The New Testament has over 37 times more manuscript copies and is spread across a timespan of 475 years less, though. That means we have thousands more copies to compare against for accuracy, they were all put together in a timeframe that could exist within one person’s lifetime, and these copies are dated only fifty years after the events that took place. This means that these manuscripts could have been (and are thought to have been) recorded as eye witness accounts to people who witnessed Jesus’ time on Earth. We certainly don’t contend the works we have from Caesar, and they have much less reliability than the New Testament does. The manuscript evidence for accuracy of the New Testament shows obvious signs of being protected by God to be passed down and shown to the world in hopes of revealing the path to salvation.
If Jesus is Son of God Then
There Should Be Secular Documentation of His Existence
The coming of the Savior of the world would certainly cause a large impact on the world at the time. For a Person to have as many people cheering Him as the Bible states, as well as performing hundreds of miracles, there would have to be some documentation outside of the book that is proclaiming He is holy.
Historical records for anyone that wasn’t of the highest significance are hard to come by. You have to think of the process in which those stories had to be documented and handed down. The best case scenario is that they were hand-written (which takes a long time) on a scroll and stored in pristine condition to slowly deteriorate, or transcribed numerous times onto new parchment. Then, those documents have to be kept from hands that would want to erase that part of history as well–not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination! That is why scholars only cared to take the time to preserve the history of high political officials and conquerors. Certainly they wouldn’t go to all of that effort to record and preserve the events of the life of a mere carpenter.
So do we have this secular documentation of Jesus?
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Source: The Verdict of History by Gary Habernas
Of course Christ was more than just a carpenter. The events of His life were deemed important enough for them to be charted by historians and carried down through history. This table is just a brief synopsis, but it shows many works that have recorded Jesus’ life on this earth. This is what we should expect if the Bible’s claims to His affect on Earth are true.
We would also expect that if God wanted to save the world, and bring His creation to His loving grace, that he would have a hand in guiding these documents as well. As some people claim, you can’t measure one work against itself to prove its authenticity. We don’t have to do that though. We have all of these works that have made it through the difficulties of preservation over time as, I believe, guided by our loving Father that wants us to know Him.
If Jesus is Son of God Then
He Should Have Fulfilled Old Testament Prophecies
How could Jesus show that He is the Messiah if he didn’t fulfill the prophecies that God gave to His prophets in the same book that claims His divinity? He couldn’t quote Scripture and give it any authority without fulfilling its prophetic statements. That would be like a politician writing a law that they didn’t intend to obey themselves (I know this may happen, but we won’t go into that; if you consider the fact that it does point out the irony, you will understand my statement and how Christ couldn’t do that with Scripture). So Jesus had to fulfill these prophecies to stake His claim on His role as the Messiah.
But, again, some precepts need to be laid down for this claim to carry weight. If it was difficult for historians to pass down events during Jesus’ time, with all the advancements of writing and preservation, imagine how much harder it would have been thousands of years prior! Still, we have our Old Testament and the recorded prophecies of the prophets of those times. To add to the difficulty of passing those prophecies down is the opportunities to fulfill them. Let’s take a look at how scarce a chance Christ had at completing just a few of these tasks:
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Source: Good News Dispatch
Those odds are astounding! That means the chances of Christ fulfilling just these 8 prophecies is 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 10 OCTillion). With those odds, there is no way that He could have completed them, right? How could one man overcome that impossibility? He couldn’t… if He wasn’t the Son of God! So how many did He fulfill?
Source: According to the Scriptures
While (like anything) some of these can be debated, it is widely accepted by theologians that Christ fulfilled over 300 prophecies! One can’t even begin to fathom those odds. Completing these prophecies is another piece that puts Christ in the position of Savior of the World. No person could ever achieve this goal.
If Jesus is Son of God Then
Christianity Should Be the Largest Religion in the World
If accepting Jesus is truly God’s way of saving the world, He should be guiding this religion to reach the world. You would think that we would be reacting. I mean, He is the creator of the Universe. Shouldn’t we be hearing that message? Even if we are hard-hearted, He should be reaching the majority of us, right?
The obstacles to overcome in order to achieve this are astounding, though. There are 6,000 languages in the world today. For one movement to have a majority, it would have to speak to billions of people in thousands of languages… and it would have to translate well into those languages! There are many words that do not translate between language, so the Gospel would have to be able to be given in each of those languages and hold some significant meaning. That’s not to mention all of the unimaginable cultural differences that Christ’s message would have to hold some significance in. So what percentage of the world believes in the message of Jesus?
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Source: 2012 Pew Forum
Over 31% of the world? That’s over 2 billion people! While, as Christians, we should believe that isn’t enough, it is astounding to see what God is doing in the world. This is a report from 2010, and there are newer reports that claim that Christianity is on the rise. For a message to have that kind of influence among mankind gives evidence to God’s hand over the movement. If Jesus isn’t Son of God, He is a man that has done an astounding job of pretending to be so.
So let’s review:
- We have thousands of New Testament manuscripts
- Over 100 ancient secular writings verifying the events of Jesus’ life
- Over 300 ancient prophecies fulfilled
- Overcoming 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 odds in fulfilling just eight of those prophecies
- Over 2 billion believers in Christ’s message
Ladies and gentleman,
Jesus is the Son of God!
Jesus is the King of kings!
Jesus is the Great I AM!
We can stand firm in the authority of His name!
Jesus has freed us from the chains of sin!
Jesus has ransomed our lives as the perfect sacrifice!
Jesus has shed his blood for us!
Jesus has defeated death!
Jesus has broken Satan’s hold on us!
Jesus does reign in eternity!
Jesus is coming back!
And He does love us
So If Jesus is the Son of God, Then…
What Does That Mean for Us?
So if Jesus is the Son of God, how are we supposed to respond? If He is, that obviously means something to each and every one of us. What does it all mean for our lives? It means:
We Should Accept Him as Our Lord and Savior
Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We have all done wrong in our lives. We all need to seek forgiveness for those wrongs. By asking forgiveness, repenting of our sins, and accepting Christ as our Savior, we begin our walk. Without Him, we have no hope of approaching God and His kingdom.
We Should Be Obedient to Him
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
As the Son of God, Jesus knows our design and knows how best for us to live together to get along. By following his commands, we enrich our own lives and the lives of those around us. Without His guidance, we have little hope to achieve this desired life.
We Need to LOVE
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.”
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”
We cannot know the joys in this life if it is filled with fear and hate. By harboring these emotions, we cheapen the value of everything around us. If we all choose to love though, we would be free from tyranny and injustice.
We Need to Be Active in Discipleship
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If we are called to love everyone, we can’t truly wish for them to perish. We should want to see everyone accept salvation so we can choose to openly love one another and be with our loved ones for eternity.
He is Our Savior
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
We cannot pay the punishment for our sins. It took a worthy, faultless sacrifice to do that. Christ was that sacrifice! He came down from a perfect life in Heaven to be beaten, tortured, humiliated, and killed so we could be saved.
He is Our Shepherd
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and He is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.”
As the Son of God, Jesus speaks on His followers’ behalves. If we allow Him, He will guide us and protect us like a shepherd does for his flock. That doesn’t mean that we won’t be persecuted, because are told that we will (John 15:20); it means that He will be with you through the persecution and there to pick you up after.
God Loves Us
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Why else would God give His only Son to die if He didn’t love us immensely? If He loves us that much, why would we willingly hold our love back from Him? If He loves everyone else that much, we need to love everyone else too. We are privileged to have been created by a God that loves us beyond measure.
We Can Have a Place in Heaven If We Accept Him and He Will Come Back for Us
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
If we are accepted by God through Christ into a blissful afterlife, what fear do we have in this life? The reward of following Christ is far greater than the price of that fear. The fact that He is with us in this life hardly makes it a price at all. All we have to do is accept Him and do what is right in His eyes.
I will give the same offer that I gave at the end of The Gospel Explained for Geeks:
This all starts with a simple decision to accept Christ. The Creator of all things loves us so much that He made eternal salvation as simple as possible for us. He paid the price for us to live with Him forever without suffering. All we have to do is accept His offer. The world will throw a lot of pain and suffering at us, but if we keep our eyes on the prize, God will help us through it all. There will be people that read this article that have never accepted Jesus as their Savior, and some that have accepted Him in the past that will want to rededicate their lives to Him. Below are two prayers for people in these two spots in their lives. If you have never accepted Christ, and would like to, you can pray this prayer:
“Heavenly Father, Your name is great. I thank You for Your love and grace. I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I admit to You now that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins. I need your forgiveness, Lord. I believe that Jesus shed His blood and died for my sins, and I will turn away from my sin now. Your Word says that if we acknowledge Christ as our Lord and believe You raised him from the dead, we will be saved. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life and soul. In this moment, I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and accept your salvation. Transform me, Lord, into the person You want me to be. Thank You for Your grace. Amen.”
If you need to rededicate your life to Him, you can pray this prayer:
“Heavenly Father, You are merciful. I come to You in the name of my Savior, Christ Jesus. I have accepted Your salvation and walked away from You, Lord. I am sorry. Forgive me for my sins and lead me back to You. I have put my faith in the wrong places, and now I dedicate that faith back to You. I trust Your direction and profess You as the Lord of my life. Thank You for Your grace. Amen.”
Both of these prayers are just examples. You can ask Christ into your life in many different ways, but you can pray one of these prayers for that purpose, too. If you have prayed either of these prayers, or ones like it, we would love to know. You can let us know either by liking the article (by clicking the little heart at the top left corner of the page) or commenting on it. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A simple, “I accepted Jesus today” will do just fine. If you have accepted Christ and want to know what is next, you can let any of the staff at Geeks Under Grace know and we would be happy to help you start your journey. You can contact me personally by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you think this article will help you reach others for Christ, share it with them.
If you would like to use this as a lesson in a class, you can click the link below to download a PowerPoint with notes. I pray that it does well for you.
These are but a few things that give credence to the Christian cause. We see God’s footprint in all kinds of things all over our world. These things point to the authenticity of the claim that Scripture makes for Christ. They all point to Christ as the resurrected Messiah that came down to save the world. Let these things reaffirm your faith, as they have mine.
God bless you all.