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Title: Some say Jesus Christ never existed.

Some say Jesus Christ never existed.
  • Others claim he was not God.
  • Still others denied his humanness.

  • Many critics argue that the only record of Jesus
    Christ is the New Testament.
  • With this assumption they conclude He was a
    mythical character, fabricated from the
    imaginations of the Apostles.
  • However, several historians have made references
    to Him.

Darkness at Jesus' crucifixion
  • The darkness at Jesus' crucifixion is described
    as occurring from the sixth to the ninth hour (
    noon to 300 pm). Luke 2344
  • Several gentile historians tried to explain the
    darkness as an eclipse of the sun.
  • This could not have happened because the Jewish
    calendar is lunar in its base.
  • Jesus died on Passover.
  • It was a full moon and the moon was on the other
    side of the earth at the time.

The point here is not what cause the darkness.
  • What is important is that the gentile historians
    in an attempt discredit the miraculous,
    unwittingly documented the darkness and the
    existence of Christ!

Flavius Josephus
  • Born in 37 A.D.
  • Jewish historian of the New Testament times.
  • Worked for the Roman's.
  • In Antiquities xviii33, he wrote of Jesus'.
  • In Antiquities xx91, he wrote of James, the
    brother of Jesus.

In 120 A.D., Suetonius, a Roman historian, wrote
about Christians.
  • In 112 A.D. Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the
    Younger, Governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor.
  • He wrote to emperor Trajan asking if he should
    continue killing Christians.
  • He was killing Christian men, women, and
  • They refused to worship Trajan and curse Christ.
  • Christians were guilty of meeting on certain days
    before light, singing songs to Christ as a God.
  • They bound themselves by an oath not to commit
    any wicked deed such as fraud, theft, adultery,
    lying, and never to deny a trust when called upon
    to deliver it up.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, 1974.
  • 20,000 words were devoted to Christ. This is more
    words than devoted to Aristotle, Alexander,
    Julius Caesar, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, or
    Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • It states "These Independent accounts prove
    that in ancient times even the opponents of
    Christianity never doubted the historicity of
    Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and
    on inadequate grounds by several authors at the
    end of the 18th, and during the 19th and at the
    beginning of the 20th centuries."

  • Jesus made direct claims to be the Son of God.
  • No other recognized religious leader ever claimed
    to be God including Moses, Paul, Buddha,
    Mohammed, and Confucius.
  • Jesus is the only one to claim to be deity.
  • He was the only one able to convince a large
    portion of the world that He is God!
  • His teachings were ultimate and final, over and
    above Moses and the prophets.
  • He never added any afterthoughts or revisions to
    his words. Jesus never retracted or changed His
  • He never guessed, supposed, or spoke with
  • These qualities are very unlike any other human
    teachers or teachings.

During the trial of Jesus
  • He admitted to His accusers, under oath, that He
    is and was the Son of God.

Matthew 2662 - 68
  • And the high priest arose, and said unto him,
    Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these
    witness against thee? But Jesus held his
    peace. And the high priest answered and said unto
    him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou
    tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of
    God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said
    nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye
    see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of
    power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
    Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He
    hath spoken blasphemy what further need have we
    of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his

  • Christ used the phrase "Thou hast said"
  • In another place he used the phrase "Ye say that
    I am" Luke 2270
  • This sounds evasive to our modern ears.
  • However, "Ye say" is a Greek idiom for "yes".
  • Jewish courtesy forbid a direct "yes" to an
    accusation with such grave consequences.
  • The reaction of the priest shows he clearly
    understood Jesus to be claiming to be God.

Mark 1461-64
  • But he held his peace, and answered nothing.
    Again the high priest asked him, and said unto
    him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
    And Jesus said, I am and ye shall see the
    Son of man sitting on the right hand of power,
    and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the
    high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What
    need we any further witnesses? Ye have heard
    the blasphemy what think ye? And they all
    condemned him to be guilty of death.

  • John 194-7 is another example where the Jews
    believed Jesus' claim to be God as blasphemous.
  • Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto
    them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye
    may know that I find no fault in him. Then came
    Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the
    purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold
    the man! When the chief priests therefore and
    officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify
    him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye
    him, and crucify him for I find no fault in him.
    The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our
    law he ought to die, because he made himself the
    Son of God.

  • In John 1030-33
  • I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took
    up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered
    them, Many good works have I shewed you from my
    Father for which of those works do ye stone me?
    The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work
    we stone thee not but for blasphemy and because
    that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
  • Jesus claims "I and my Father are one".

  • The Jews wanted to stone him for being a man and
    claiming to be God. They never stopped to
    consider if His claims were true. They assumed
    them to be false and therefore thought He
    deserved death by stoning.
  • Jesus does not say "Wait! You misunderstood me.
    What I meant was....". Instead, He confirmed His

Jesus referred to God as "My Father"
  • In John 517-18 But Jesus answered them, My
    Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore
    the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he
    not only had broken the sabbath, but said also
    that God was his Father, making himself equal
    with God.
  • A Jew would not use this term without suffixing
    it with "in heaven". He made a claim the Jews
    could not misinterpret when referring to God as
    "My Father"

  • In John 858 Jesus said unto them, Verily,
    verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am.
  • The "verily, verily" implies that what follows
    is certain and should be interpreted as the
    strongest possible meaning. It is clear that
    Christ did not want to be misunderstood.

  • Jesus was clearly referring to Exodus 314 where
    God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM" and the Jews
    clearly understood Him to be claiming to be the
    great "I AM" i.e. God.
  • A mere prophet would have humbled himself and
    said, "Thus saith the Lord".
  • The Old Testament law required the death penalty
    for any human claiming to be God.
  • Their actions of trying to stone Jesus clearly
    shows they believed Him to be a blasphemer.

Leviticus 2416 states the penalty of a
  • And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD,
    he shall surely be put to death, and all the
    congregation shall certainly stone him as well
    the stranger, as he that is born in the land,
    when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall
    be put to death.

He spoke to them in plain words
  • Words the Jews understood and He made no attempt
    to clarify, retract or temper His claim in any
    way. The Jews understood His words as He
  • Jews believed there to be only one God. God
    speaking through Moses said in Deuteronomy 3239
    said ... There is no god besides me.
  • Isaiah 4310 God said"... Before me no god was
    formed, nor will there be one after me...."

  • The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we
    stone thee not but for blasphemy and because
    that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
    Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your
    law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them
    gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the
    scripture cannot be broken Say ye of him, whom
    the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the
    world, Thou blasphemest because I said, I am the
    Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father,
    believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe
    not me, believe the works that ye may know, and
    believe, that the Father is in me, and I in
    him.John 1033-38

  • That all men should honour the Son, even as
    they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the
    Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
    Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth
    my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
    everlasting life, and shall not come into
    condemnation but is passed from death unto life.
    John 523
  • Christ said, "That all men should honor the Son,
    even as they honor the Father...."
  • Jesus told the Jews that by insulting Him, they
    are actually insulting God. It is God who is
    outraged by their bad treatment of Jesus.

To know Jesus is to know the Father
  • - John 819 Then said they unto him, Where is
    thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me,
    nor my Father if ye had known me, ye should have
    known my Father also.
  • John 149 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so
    long time with you, and yet hast thou not known
    me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the
    Father and how sayest thou then, shew us the

Jesus made Himself an object of faith
  • Christ instructed his disciples to believe in Him
    as they believe in God
  • He made Himself an object of faith.
  • In John 141 and following, Christ clearly states
    that their eternal future depended on Him and His
    work. He promised to prepare a place for them and
    return to claim them.
  • He never hesitated, apologized, or contradicted
    Himself. He never recanted or modified anything
    He said. He spoke God's word as God would speak
    to them.
  • Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will passaway but
    My words will not passaway." Mark 1331

A Leper worshiped Him
  • And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped
    him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make
    me clean. Matt 82

Jesus healed a blind man and he fell down and
worshiped Him.
  • Jesus heard that they had cast him out and when
    he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou
    believe on the Son of God?He answered and said,
    Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
    And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen
    him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And
    he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
    John 935-39

The disciples worshiped Him
  • Then they that were in the ship came and
    worshipped him, saying, of a truth thou art the
    Son of God. Matt. 1433

Thomas worshiped Him and believed him to be God.
  • Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger,
    and behold my hands and reach hither thy hand,
    and thrust it into my side and be not faithless,
    but believing. And Thomas answered and said
    unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto
    him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast
    believed blessed are they that have not seen,
    and yet have believed. John 2027-29

Jesus instructed Thomas to put his finger into
His wounds
  • So that he might believe.
  • Thomas' response was "My Lord and my God!".
  • Jesus added that Thomas believed because he saw.
    Those that have not seen and still believe are
  • He rebuked Thomas for his unbelief, NOT his
    worship of Jesus.

  • And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him,
    and fell down at his feet, and worshiped him.
    But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up I myself
    also am a man. Acts 1025-26
  • John attempts to worships and angle . And I
    fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto
    me, See thou do it not I am thy fellowservant,
    and of thy brethren that have the testimony of
    Jesus worship God for the testimony of Jesus is
    the spirit of prophecy. Rev 1910

  • Paul said in Wherefore God also hath highly
    exalted him, and given him a name which is above
    every name That at the name of Jesus every knee
    should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
    earth, and things under the earth And that every
    tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. Phil 29-11
  • Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
    appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus
    Christ Titus 213

  • He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
    And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the
    Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus
    answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou,
    Simon Barjona for flesh and blood hath not
    revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in
    heaven. Matthew 1615-17
  • Jesus blessed Peter instead of rebuking him as
    Jesus always did when confronted with error.

  • Peter states, "Therefore let all Israel be
    assured of this God has made this Jesus, whom
    you crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 236

Paul called Jesus God
  • "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is
    for ever and ever a sceptre of righteousness is
    the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 18
  • This is an obvious reference to Psalm 456
  • Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever the
    sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre
  • The Son is called God i.e. Jesus Christ is
    called God!
  • Paul believed Jesus to be God!

Stephen's prayer to Jesus
  • And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and
    saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Acts 759
  • Stephen believed Jesus to be Deity!

Jesus addressed God as Abba
  • Means "father", more correctly "daddy" or some
    other close, intimate, affectionate name.
  • No one before Jesus addressed God in this
  • Not even David used this term. The closest David
    came was "... like as a father ..."
  • Like as a father pitieth his children, so the
    LORD pitieth them that fear him. Psalms 10313

He claimed to be able to forgive sins
  • When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the
    sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee
    . Mark 25
  • When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the
    sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven
    thee. Luke 748
  • According to Jewish law only God could forgive

Jesus claimed to BE the way, the truth, and the
  • Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth,
    and the life no man cometh unto the Father, but
    by me. John 146
  • He did not say He knew, or taught the way. He did
    not show the way. He IS the Way!

Jesus is Life
  • And this is the record, that God hath given to us
    eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He
    that hath the Son hath life and he that hath not
    the Son of God hath not life. I John 511,12

Jesus has all authority
  • And hath given him authority to execute judgment
    also, because he is the Son of man. John 527
  • These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory,
    and spake of him. John 1241
  • Christ is described as the one seen by Isaiah
  • In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the
    Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,
    and his train filled the temple. Isaiah 61

Holy Trinity
  • Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
    Jesus Who, being in the form of God, thought it
    not robbery to be equal with God Phil 25-6
  • For there are three that bear record in heaven,
    the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and
    these three are one. 1 John 57

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Jesus Claimed to be God
  • " A man who can read the New Testament and not
    see that Christ claims to be more than a man, can
    look all over the sky at high noon on a clear day
    and not see the sun."William Biederwolf

  • J.S. Mill, a skeptic and opponent of
    Christianity, wrote
  • "About the life and sayings of Jesus there is a
    stamp of personal originality combined with
    profundity of insight in the very first rank of
    men of sublime genius of whom our species can
    boast. When this pre-eminent genius is combined
    with the qualities of probability the greatest
    moral reformer and martyr to that mission who
    ever existed upon the earth, religion cannot be
    said to have made a bad choice in pitching upon
    this man as an ideal representative and guide of
    humanity nor even now would it be easy, even for
    an unbeliever, to find a better translation of
    the rule of virtue from the abstract into the
    concrete than to endeavor to live so that Christ
    would approve of our life."

  • William Lecky, a noted British historian and
    hostile to Christianity, wrote in "History of
    European Morals from Augustus to Charlemagne"
  • "It is reserved for Christianity to present to
    the world an ideal character which through all
    the changes of eighteen centuries has inspired
    the hearts of men with an impassioned love has
    shown itself capable of acting on all ages,
    nations, temperaments and conditions has been
    not only the highest pattern of virtue, but the
    strongest incentive to its practice.... The
    simple record of these three short years of
    active life has done more to regenerate and
    soften mankind than all the disquisitions of
    philosophers and all the exhortations of

Napoleon once said
  • "I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is
    not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblances
    between Christ and the founders of empires, and
    the gods of other religions. That resemblance
    does not exist. There is between Christianity and
    whatever other religions a distance of
    infinity.... Everything in Christ astonishes me.
    His spirit overawes me, and His will confounds
    me. Between Him and whoever else in the world ,
    there is no possible term of comparison. He is
    truly a being by Himself. His ideas and
    sentiments, the truth which He announces, His
    manner of convincing, are not explained either by
    human organization or by the nature of things....

  • The nearer I approach, the more carefully I
    examine, everything is above me - everything
    remains grand, of a grandeur which overpowers.
    His religion is a revelation from an intelligence
    which is certainly is not that of man.... One can
    absolutely find nowhere , but in Him alone, the
    imitation or the example of His life.... I search
    in vain in history to find the similar to Jesus
    Christ, or anything which can approach the
    Gospel. Neither history, nor humanity, nor the
    ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I
    am able to compare it or to explain it. Here
    everything is extraordinary."

  • In conclusion, some may reject Christ on moral
    issues. When one accepts Jesus as their personal
    Savior, the sin in their life becomes repugnant
    to them and they must turn from their wickedness
    or turn away from Christ. Those unwilling to give
    up a sinful life style will choose to accept
    arguments to reject Him without regard to the
    true facts.

Jesus Christ was human
  • Jesus could have called Himself the Son of God,
    instead most often He preferred to Identify with
    His humaity by calling Himself the Son of Man
    thorough out the Gospels

  • And the Word was made 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 114
  • And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
    you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the
    angels of God ascending and descending upon the
    Son of man. John 114,51

1 Corinthians 1521,47
  • 21   For since by man came death, by man came
    also the resurrection of the dead.
  • 47   The first man is of the earth, earthy the
    second man is the Lord from heaven.

Romans 13   
  • Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which
    was made of the seed of David according to the

1 Timothy 25
  • For there is one God, and one mediator between
    God and men, the man Christ Jesus

1 Timothy 316
  •  And without controversy great is the mystery of
    godliness God was manifest in the flesh,
    justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached
    unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world,
    received up into glory.

1 John 42-3
  • Hereby know ye the Spirit of God Every spirit
    that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the
    flesh is of God
  •  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus
    Christ is come in the flesh is not of God and
    this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye
    have heard that it should come and even now
    already is it in the world.

2 John 17   
  • For many deceivers are entered into the world,
    who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the
    flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
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