Five Reasons to Believe in Jesus
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, December 28 2009 00:00|
What are the odds that someone could make the following five predictions about a future President of the United States and be correct? "He will be a descendent of Abraham Lincoln, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky with blue eyes, but his parents will take him to Canada for a couple of years, then settle in Columbus, Ohio."
Sounds like a longshot, doesn't it? Yet, that's exactly the kind of specificity we find in Matthew chapters 1 and 2. The Bible predicted that the Messiah would 1) come from the family line of King David, 2) be born to a virgin, 3) in Bethlehem, 4) live in Egypt, and 5) grow up in Nazareth. Let's take a closer look...
Personally, I find the fulfillment of these five predictions alone to be utterly convincing. Add in the other prophecies, eyewitness accounts, miracles, archaeological evidence, manuscript evidence, extra-biblical literature, the effect of Christ on world history, internal testimony of the Holy Spirit, and the testimony of changed lives, and the evidence overwhelms the senses.
If I can believe that Abraham Lincoln or Caesar Augustus or Napoleon existed and were who they said, am I not obliged by the weight of evidence to believe that Jesus existed and was who he said?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Yours for changed lives,