Was Jesus the Son of God? #2
In our search for the answer to this question, we have already considered two important facts. One, the God inspired writers of the Old Testament wrote the biography of the Son of God hundreds of years before His conception and birth. Two, the after the fact biography of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the New Testament is nothing less that a carbon copy of the before the fact biography recorded in the Old Testament. Who I ask could believe this was just a coincidence? Then, too, that Jesus was the Son of God is also made evident by the many things which He was able to do.
HE KNEW MANY THINGS WHICH NO ORDINARY PERSON COULD HAVE KNOWN.
(1) As a twelve year old boy His unheard of knowledge and wisdom astonished the rulers of the Jews (Luke 2).
(2) He discussed with people many past events of their lives (John 1, John 4).
(3) He could pinpoint the specific location of specific people at a specific time (John 1, Luke 22, Matthew 21).
(4) He knew the location of a fish with the necessary tribute money in its mouth (Matthew 17).
(5) Without being informed, he knew His friend Lazareth was dead (John 11).
My dear readers, if Jesus was not the Son of God (as He claimed), but was just an ordinary man like you an dme, then how did He know all these things and a lot more, such as who was to betray Him, the very hour the nobleman's son was healed, that Thomas had said "I will not believe unless I feel the nail prints in His hands and feet."?
HE WAS ABLE TO FORTELL FUTURE EVENTS
(1) He said, I will be crucified (Matthew 26:2).
(2) He told his disciples all of you will forsake me (Matthew 21:31).
(3) He said to an over-confident Peter, this night you will deny me three times before the cock crows.
(4) Before His death, He said Jerusalem will be captured and the temple shall be destroyed (Matthew 24).
(5) While here, He also foretold the coming of many false prophets (Matthew 24:11).
Just a short time later all these prophecies became history. Yes, disciples forsook Him (Mark 14:50), Peter denied Him (Matthew 26:69-75), Jerusalem was captured (Ancient History), and many false teachers did arise (1 John 4:1).
JESUS, WHILE HERE UPON EARTH, DID AN ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE NUMBER OF UNDENIABLE MIRACULOUS WORKS.
Matthew eight, reveals that He cleansed a man of leprosy, healed a centurion's servant, healed Peter's mother-in-law, calmed a great storm at sea and cast demons from many. Matthew nine says he healed a man sick of the palsy, made a woman whole who had been seriously ill for twelve years, gave sight to two blind men and raised from the dead Jairus' daughter. Matthew twelve records He healed people that were blind and dumb. Matthew fourteen informs us of His miraculous feeding of five thousand people, walking on the sea and of many being healed by touching the hem of His garment. matthew fifteen declares that with only seven loaves and a few little fishes, He fed several thousand, healed the daughter of the Canaanitish woman and a great multitude of others. In Matthew nineteen, we read of His healing great multitudes on the coast of Judea.
According to Matthew twenty, He gave sight to two blind men.
Mark three says He healed a man with a withered hand.
In Luke seventeen, we find Him healing ten men who had the dreaded disease of leprosy. Luke twenty-two says He restored a severed ear.
John five tells us that Jesus healed a man who had been afflicted for thirty-eight years.
John nine says He healed a man who had been born blind. In John eleven, it is written, that He raised Lazareth from the dead.
In John 20:30-31, John declares "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presense of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name."
In John 21:25 John declared, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written everyone, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen".
No wonder then, some of the people of that day said when Christ cometh, will he do more miracles that these which this man hath done?
My friends, inasmuch as I have shown the scriptures say that Jesus fulfilled every prophecy which God had given concerning the one He had promised to send, and that He knew things, and foretold things which no ordinary man could have known, and did an almost countless number of undeniable miracles which no ordinary man could have done, I believe I have established it to be a fact that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Son of God.
By Tommy Hodge
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