Christian scriptures state that Jesus is deity and had a pre-existence before he came to earth.
In the last blog, secular history sources showed that Jesus was a real person who lived on our earth some 2000 years ago for about 33 years. Now we need to determine what scripture says about him and his existence before then.
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:14 states, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….” John 1:3 says, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” Isaiah 9:6 refers to Jesus as, “Everlasting Father.” The fact of Jesus’ pre-existence underscores his deity. (This does not rule out the question of creation, evolution, Big Bang etc. That is for another blog.)
There are many prophecies in the Old Testament that were addressed to the people of that time to try to get their attention and to do as God wanted them to . However, there also were prophecies given that reached into the future such as the coming of Jesus to our earth 2000 years ago.
There are some 300 prophecies given in the Old Testament that were fulfilled by the birth and life of Jesus. Some critics have argued that the New Testament writers wrote the New Testament in such a way, after Jesus was gone, to make it seem as if Jesus had fulfilled all the prophecies about him. This would suggest that the New Testament writers were deceptive and that, of course, is not correct. Also, it would further imply that Jesus was not deity, but an ordinary human.
One non believer has argued that there were many other religious figures with the name Jesus so how could one be sure which Jesus is relevant. The scriptures are clear that it is the one in the bible, namely, Jesus of Nazareth. Acts 4:10 says, “…let it be known to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.” For the major part of Jesus’ life he lived in the town of Nazareth. As an aside, it should be noted that Peter in the above statement is talking about a miracle.
Some have claimed that perhaps Jesus was merely an individual who was familiar with the prophecies so he just went about fulfilling them. The following prophecies were given hundreds of years before Jesus was born and could not be fulfilled by anyone else. For example, Born of a virgin, Isaiah 7:14, Mathew 2:18-21; Sold for 30 pieces of silver, Zachariah 11:12-13, Matthew 26:14-15; Manner of death, Psalm 22:16-18, Mark 15:24; Jesus resurrection, Psalm 16:10, Mark 16:6; Born in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:6. In any case, why would anyone else, other than Jesus, somehow try to pretend they were Jesus and get crucified. And for sure, such an individual would not have been raised from the dead. Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead by God because Jesus was deity and His son.
The question may occur to some, where was Jesus before he came to our planet? As deity he was waiting for the right time to come which he did. John 3:16 explains, “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life’.
For more information about the prophecies pertinent to Jesus, you can go to the internet and enter, ‘365 Messianic Prophecies’. If you care to read any of these prophesies in total, a modern translation is a good idea. A lot of bible scholars, both believers and non believers, have studied the scriptures, and on a rare occasion may disagree on what a particular prophecy means. As a whole though, without question, the message is clear that Jesus Christ, as deity, came to our planet because he wanted to extricate us from our hopeless state.
In spite of the topics discussed in the various blogs, the main question has to remain the main question, and that is, is there a God and does he care about us? The scriptures as a whole carry the message that God cares. That is why history shows that Jesus, preexistent and deity, came to our earth to die on the cross.
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