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Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
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Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
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  • 1. Who is Jesus? This material is used with permission on www.mygospelweb.net
  • 2. He existed • Evidence outside the New Testament includes: Roman historians: Tacitus & Suetonius Jewish historian: Josephus
  • 3. ‘ Now there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works -a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians so named after him are not extinct at this day.’ Josephus (born AD 37)
  • 4. • Evidence within the New Testament How do we know that what they wrote down has not been changed over the years? • Science of textual criticism prof. F.F. Bruce
  • 5. Work When written Earliest Copy Time lapse (yrs) No. of copies Herodotus 488-428 BC AD 900 1300 8 Thucydides c. 460-100 BC c. AD 900 1300 8 Tacitus AD 100 AD 1100 1000 20 Caesar’s Gallic War   58-50 BC AD 900 950 9-10   Livy’s Roman History 59 BC-AD 17   AD 900 900 20   New Testament AD 40-100 AD 130 (Full manuscripts AD 350) 30-310 5000+ Greek 10000 Latin 9300 others
  • 6. ‘ In the variety and fullness of the evidence on which it rests, the text of the New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably alone among ancient prose writings.’ F.J.A. Hort
  • 7. ‘ The interval then between the dates of original composition and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established.’ Sir Frederic Kenyon
  • 8. ‘ I made the Last Temptation in order to show that Jesus was a real human being’ Martin Scorsese
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  • 10. He was fully human • Human body • Human emotions • Human experiences
  • 11. ‘ I can’t believe in Christianity, but I think Jesus was a wonderful man’ Billy Connolly
  • 12. Was he more than just a man? Was he more than a ‘great human religious teacher? What did he say about himself?
  • 13. ‘ If you want to have a relationship with God you need to come to me.’ Jesus Christ
  • 14. ‘ People are hungry for love’ Freud
  • 15. ‘ People are hungry for security’ Jung
  • 16. ‘ People are hungry for significance’ Adler
  • 17. ‘ I am the bread of life’ Jesus Christ
  • 18. Teaching centred on himself • I am statements: ‘ I am the bread of life’ ‘ I am the light of the world’ ‘ I am the resurrection and the life’ ‘ I am the way the truth and the life’ • ‘ Come to me’
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  • 20. • ‘ Follow me’ • ‘ Receive me – Receive God • ‘ Welcome me - Welcome God • ‘ To have seen me is to have seen God’
  • 21. His indirect claims • To forgive sins • To judge the world
  • 22. His direct claims • Messiah • Son of God • God the Son
  • 23. true untrue Jesus claims to be the unique Son of God Decision problem He did not know it was untrue He knew it was untrue
  • 24. ‘ A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher, he’d either be a lunatic –on a level with a man who says he’s a poached egg- or else he’d 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… But don’t let us come up with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He hasn’t left that open to us. He didn’t intend to.’ C.S. Lewis
  • 25. <ul><li>What evidence is there to support what he said? </li></ul><ul><li>His teaching </li></ul><ul><li>‘ They are read more, quoted more, loved more believed more and translated more, because they are the greatest words ever spoken….. Their greatness lies in the pure lucid spirituality in dealing clearly, definitively, and authoratively with the greatest problems that throb the human breast’ </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Bernard Ramm </li></ul>
  • 26. 2. His works ‘ The miracles of Jesus Christ could not have been performed by techniques used by modern illusionists’ David Copperfield
  • 27. 3. His character ‘ It not the nature of Christ, in the words of the New Testament, enough to pierce to the soul anyone with a soul to be pierced? … he still looms over the world, his message still clear, his pity still infinite, his consolation still effective, his words still full of glory, wisdom and love’ Bernard Levin
  • 28. ‘ The first thing we must learn about him is that we should have been absolutely entranced by his company. Jesus was irresistably attractive as a man….What they crucified was a young man, vital full of life and the joy of it, the Lord of life itself, and even more the Lord of laughter, someone so utterly attractive that people followed him for the sheer fun of it…The Twentieth Century needs to recapture the vision of this glorious and happy man whose mere presence filled his companions with delight.’ Lord Chancellor, Lord Hailsham
  • 29. 4. His fulfilment of old testament prophecy 5. His conquest of death
  • 30. His resurrection • absence from the tomb • h is presence with the disciples • immediate effect • effect down the ages
  • 31. ‘ In its favour as living truth there exists such overwhelming evidence, positive and negative, factual and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true’ Chief Justice of England, Lord Darling
  • 32. ‘ We are faced then with a frightening alternative. The man we are talking about was (and is) just what he said or else a lunatic or something worse. Now it seems to me obvious that he was neither a lunatic nor a fiend; and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that he was and is God. God has landed on this enemy occupied world in human form.’ C.S. Lewis
  • 33. Please, let us pray this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I give my life to you as a my Lord and my personal saviour so that my Joy will be full. Lord Jesus, I dedicate my soul, spirit and body to you. I know you have delivered and saved me . Amen.

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