Why We Believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God

Christians are required to be ready and able to give an answer to those who ask (1 Pet. 3:15).  Here are some reasons why Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God:

“CHRIST IS ETERNAL. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him; and without Him nothing was made that was made…. and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-3,14). The “Word” in these verses refers to Jesus. Jesus said, “before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). Jesus was only on the earth for about thirty-five years, but he said, “before Abraham was, I AM.” The only way that is possible is that He was alive before he came to earth.

HIS VIRGIN BIRTH. The prophet Isaiah said Christ would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). Matthew tells us Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25).

FULFILLED PROPHECY. Jesus fulfilled over three hundred prophecies. He had the right ancestors – Abraham and David (Matthew 1:1-17). He was born in the right city – Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:5,6). He died on the cross (Isaiah 53). He rose from the dead (Psalm 16:8-10; Luke 24:6,31,34).

HIS SINLESS LIFE. The Bible teaches all men have sinned (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:6-10). But, Jesus did not commit sin (1 Peter 2:21-23). Jesus was tempted just like us, but he did not sin (Hebrews 4:14,15; Matthew 4:1-11).

HIS MIRACLES. Nicodemus said, “we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no else can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (John 3:2). Later, the apostle wrote: “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30,31).

Jesus performed miracles to prove his words were true. The purpose of miracles was to prove the words of the speaker were from God. This has always been the purpose of miracles.

Jesus did not perform miracles just to help the physical needs of people. He healed the sick, He fed the hungry, He raised the dead, He changed water to wine, He calmed the storm. He did not heal all the sick. He did not feed all the hungry people. He did not raise all dead people. Why? Because God never used miracles just to help physical needs. It was to prove a speaker was sent from God. When God had something new to tell people, He used miracles to prove it.

Moses used miracles to prove he was from God. His miracles helped Pharoah and Israel know God sent him. Elijah and Elisha also used miracles to show they were from God. So, when Jesus came to the earth, He used miracles to prove His words were true. It was a new message.

Some people say they have the same power Jesus and the apostles had. But they do not do the same miracles Jesus did. Jesus never took money for doing his miracles, but people today who claim this power are always asking for money. We hear of these people “allegedly” healing the sick but nothing else. Jesus and His apostles did not just heal the sick. They also raised the dead and fed the hungry. We never hear of these “so-called” miracle workers feeding the hungry. People are starving every day. These “so-called” miracle workers should used their power to feed the starving people in Africa with “five loaves and two fishes” like Jesus did. But instead, they ask people to send money to feed the hungry. They do not have the power to perform miracles.

The power to perform miracles stopped in the first century after the New Testament was finished (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; Hebrews 2:1-4; Jude 3). In the first century, Christians could receive the power to do miracles if it was given to them by the apostles (Acts 8:5-22). When the last apostle died, this was not possible. God does not use miracles today. There is no new revelation, the Bible is all we need. Jesus proved He was the Christ by the miracles He performed. His enemies knew His miracles were real. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Bible says: “Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, What shall we do? for this Man works many signs” (John 11:47).

OTHERS BEAR WITNESS. In addition to our Lord Himself saying He is the Christ the Son of God, there are a number of others who bore witness to that fact. Our Heavenly Father (Matthew 3:16,17; 17:5). Pilate And His Wife (Matthew 27:19,24). The Centurion (Matthew 27:54). Apostles (2 Peter 1:16-18; 1 John 1:1-3). John The Baptizer (John 1:29-34).

HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION. The first four books of the New Testament tell of the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. Paul gives us the reason for His death in his letter to the Romans 5:6-11. Peter says it was planned before the world began (1 Peter 1:18-21). John adds the Lord’s death was for everyone (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Taken from Truth For The World , BASIC FACTS OF FAITH”

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