Jesus, The Son of Man (Chapter 3 Excerpts)

History provides us with abundant evidence for the existence of Jesus. There is more written about Him than any other major character in history.

Jesus did more to change the course of human history than any man who ever lived. He is at the pinnacle of popularity in history’s hall of fame. Yet many doubt His existence because they do not research the historical record.

The historical documents that give the most detail of what He did are the New Testament Scriptures. So, let us examine these historically accurate writings to learn what He did and who He claimed to be. We will search for facts that will provide evidence that He is the Son of God.

Fulfillment of Prophecy
Jesus is more than a historical figure. He is a fulfillment of prophecy. The coming of the Messiah was predicted in great detail. In fact, His coming was planned before the world was created. Jesus said of Himself that He was a fulfillment of prophecy and the law.

Luke 4:16-21

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Isaiah 61:1,2). Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he said to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

God with Us
Let’s look at some passages that say Jesus was God in the flesh.

John 1:1-4, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men…The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Eyewitnesses Were Convinced
Let’s see the impression Jesus left on people the first time He met them and they heard Him teach. Who did they understand him to be?

John 4:39-42

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Chapter 3 Conclusion

  1. There really was a man named Jesus. History says so.
  2. Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Old Testament Law and Prophets, everything that God had foretold about the Messiah’s coming.
  3. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and His eyewitnesses agreed.
  4. Jesus proved His claim by the miraculous signs He performed and the words He spoke.
  5. The final proof of His claim was His resurrection from death on the third day.

Even with all of this evidence, some people today believe Jesus was just a good man, but not the Son of God. Think about what they are saying. It is impossible for Jesus to be just a good man because good men do not tell those kinds of lies. Jesus said He was the Son of God. He is either a liar or the Son of God. The evidence is overwhelming. He is both Lord and Christ. He is the Son of God, God become flesh, God with us. If He is the Son of God, you must listen to Him. He is telling you the truth. You must make Him Lord and place Him on the throne of your life.

We have now looked at the three major pillars of the Christian faith: there is a God, the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and Jesus is the Son of God. What you do with these facts is your choice. May God richly bless you in your search for truth.