Presentation on theme: "Was Jesus God?. John 10:30-31 “'I and the Father are one.' Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him”"— Presentation transcript:
Was Jesus God?
John 10:30-31 “'I and the Father are one.' Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him”
“The Trilemma:” Was Jesus Liar, Lunatic, or Lord? “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic ― on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg ― or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Proof of Resurrection #1 Testified to by at least 7 different writers of the New Testament Matthew Mark Luke John Paul Peter James
Proof of Resurrection #2 Location of the Tomb The Christian Church began just weeks after Jesus' crucifixion.
Proof of Resurrection #3 Gospel accounts are Not legendary narrative
Proof of Resurrection #4 The conversion of Saul to Paul
Proof of Resurrection #5 The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus
Proof of Resurrection #6 There was no motive for the disciples to fabricate such a story
Proof of Resurrection #7 “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he... wrought surprising feats.... He was the Christ. When Pilate...condemned him to be crucified, those who had... come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared... restored to life.... And the tribe of Christians... has... not disappeared.” - Josephus, Jewish Antiquities
Proof of Resurrection #8 Prophesies of the Messiah: He would be born of a woman Gen 3:15 He would be born of a Virgin Isa 7:14 He would be called Emanuel Isa 7:14 He would be born in Bethlehem Mic 5:2 In the Line of Abraham Gen 22:18 Heir to King David's Throne 2 Sam 7:12-13 and Isa 9:7 Would be called a Nazarene Isa 11:1 His hands and feet would be pierced Psa 22:16 The price paid to betray him would be used to buy a potter's field Zech11:12 He would be crucified with Criminals Isa 53:12
Proof of Resurrection #9 Transformed lives!
The Evidence: 1.Testified to by at least 7 different writers of the New Testament 2.Location of the Tomb 3.Gospel accounts are Not legendary in nature 4.The conversion of Saul to Paul 5.The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus 6.No motive for the disciples to fabricate such a story 7.Historians Recorded it [Josephus] 8.Prophesies of the Messiah fulfilled in Jesus 9.Transformed Lives
Jesus WAS God!
C.S. Lewis... Was Jesus a Liar, a Lunatic or Lord?