Jesus: Why we believe!
by Nick Bishop
Why do Christians believe in the eternal hope that Christ offers?
Jesus lived over 2,000 over ago in what was Roman-ruled Palestine. His life was cut short at the age of 33, of which his ministry comprised just three and a half years, yet in this short window of time, his life has changed millions of others.
Jesus’ life was cut short by crucifixion, the Roman way of killing those it considered enemies of the state.
Christ, when compared to other religious founders, was unique in his ministry. Healing the sick and raising the dead all attested to in the Gospels, which despite attempts to discredit them down the centuries, have stood the test of time.
Christ’s words, his miracles, his resurrection, his ascension and his promised return are the central truths of the Christian faith.
Jesus promised eternal life to those who put their trust in him. During his time in the physical world as a man, he was God in human form, yet he existed as the word of God before the foundation of the universe, as described both by Jesus and his followers in the Gospels.
Jesus didn’t do miracles to lord it over people (although he was and is Lord), but to show people he was and is the promised Messiah and Son of God.
The New Testament describes the life and teaching of Jesus Christ in great detail, and especially how his life impacted those around him.
The Old Testament predicted his coming, and Jesus fulfilled 300 prophesies from the Old Testament – proving beyond all doubt that he was the Messiah, not only of the Jews but of the entire world.
Outside of the Bible, you will find references from the Roman writer Tacitus and other historians of the day, that will verify what Christians know and love about their Lord and Saviour.
If we accept Christ as Lord, turning from our sin and trusting in Him for our salvation, doing as he commands, then there is an eternal and joyful life of everlasting peace beyond this plane of existence.
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