How do we know Jesus existed?

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Jesus Christ
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Acts 5: 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him

Acts 1: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God

Sometimes people love to turn around and state that maybe Jesus never really existed.  He is just another folk story like Robin Hood or something?

Whilst many would feel more comfortable simply dismissing Jesus, the reality is that historical evidence does indeed exist.

The politics that existed at that time.
The people that existed at that time
The writings that existed at that time.
The culture that existed at that time. 
The places that existed at that time.
Even Christ’s enemies who hated feared and loathed him have never once denied his existence.
The overwhelming amount of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled

To even deny that Jesus existed in the face of so much evidence would be the same as denying that John F Kennedy was assassinated. Would anyone dare to deny what the world saw on that day, or would they believe some future writer that writes a book denying what everyone knows?

We have stated categorically that Jesus did indeed exist, was crucified and died. Those who followed him and became convinced that what took place were willing to give their lives for the truths they discovered. After His resurrection there were 500 witnesses who saw Him alive, better than many football games. In the face of Roman oppression they were filled by the Holy Spirit and went out spreading the good news like men who were possessed.  Even the fear of death did not stop them.   They did not question that Jesus might have been resurrected from the dead, they knew he had.

Jesus was no stranger to them, they knew him. Those who took up the torch to proclaim his resurrection were not just convinced by some passing stranger.  They had lived and walked with him for three years.  They had heard his message; they saw the miracles that he did.  They saw the dead rise and the wounded healed.  They saw a man who had been crucified and beaten present himself alive whilst still retaining the wounds on his hands feet and side.  No a ghost but a living person.  Most of all what he said before he was killed became the corner stone of what took place afterwards.  His testimony gave life and meaning to what now takes place.

In the face of possible Roman oppression these same quivering men who hide after Jesus Crucifixion became firebrands for the faith. Death did not slow them down. The threats of violence simply spurned them on. Even Roman governors could not ignore this move. The life of Christ became a shining light in the Middle East in a way no army could conquer. No insurrection could slow down and no lion could tame.

The apostle John who was probably the nearest to those who knew Jesus, willing endured the indignity of being boiled in oil in some attempt to execute him. God delivered him and he was probably the only one to survive martyrdom. He died in Ephesus around about 100AD. Their testimonies we have with us today. We share the same experiences they have of salvation. So that today we are still witnesses to Jesus resurrection. What the Bible says would happen to the believer is still the same as what these disciples experienced then.

We know he exists because he lives in every true believer.

There are many historical figures which have appeared on the scene and there are few who would reject their historical existence and yet we have far less historical data on them.  Could it be that for many they don’t demand a moral response from us in the way Jesus does?  They can be embraced and our lives would not be changed.  But this man there is a difference.   His claims demand everything we have.  Rocks the very foundations of our lives; Exposes our selfishness;   will not excuse out wickedness; lays bare our souls before him.  Before such a man we become like dead men walking or a frantic soul that is going down for the last time, in a sea of raging waves and torrential rain. Before this man the nice status quo of our lives is overturned and will never ever be the same again.

For many this makes them very very uncomfortable.  But the life he gives in return is far greater than the one we gave up.  The hope we receive becomes that glorious illuminating reality.  So that we can also say “I KNOW, I KNOW HE LIVES, BECAUSE HE LIVES IN ME”

The witness continues within the believer,  To them, Within them and By them

1 JOHN 4: 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit

2 COR 6: 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

John 14: 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14: 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.



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