The Reality of Jesus

The Reality of Jesus
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
Aug 5th, 2018
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The Reality of Jesus

Jesus is real. His miracles were real. His death and resurrection actually happened.  And this important for us as Christians because without these things being true, the foundation of our salvation falls apart.  Our salvation is dependent on Jesus being real, His miracles being real, His death and His resurrection actually happening.  So, the reality of Jesus and all that He did is extremely important to us.

But here is the thing, we don’t have to take the reality of Jesus at face value.  Our faith does not have to be a blind faith.  We can believe In Jesus, and the “Real” ness of Jesus for very well-founded reasons.  And when our faith is grounded in well-founded reasons and evidence, it can help to strengthen our faith.

**Many of the points made today are based on an article on “Is Jesus Real”

The Old Testament predicts a real messiah

The Old Testament predicted that the Messiah would be a real person. 
Micah 5:2 it says the Messiah will be a descendant of Judah.  And that means that he would be a real person, born to a real family. And thanks to the genealogies in the Bible, we can trace Jesus’ heritage to show that this prophesy is true..

In Deuteronomy 18:18 it says He was to be a prophet like to Moses.  Moses was a real person, not an angel like Gabriel. So once again, the messiah was predicted to be a real person.

The point is, that it takes a real person to fulfill the prophesies of the Old Testament, not an angel, not a spirit, not a ghost.  It’s not talking about a nation or a government. It’s not talking about an ideology or a movement. It is talking about a living breathing person. 

Scholars Agree

Almost all scholars, both from Jesus’ time as well as modern day scholars, believe that there was a historical, Jesus.  And that the stories of the Bible are about a real man.  And this is believed by both Christian and non-Christian scholars.  Both current and old. 

There were non-Christian scholars that lived in Jesus’ time who wrote about Jesus.  Writings from Josephus and Tacitus both talk about a man named Jesus.  And these guys were not a part of the Christian movement.  They were on the outside looking in.  So, they would have an unbiased point of view, or maybe even opposite bias.  But even these guys, wrote about a real living person named Jesus who was doing these amazing things and who had a huge following. 

Thousands of Early Christians Proclaimed Christ

There were thousands of Christians in the first century who were willing to die in order to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. And here is why this is important…  People will die for what they believe to be true, but very few will put their life on the line for a lie.

People will lie and sell a lie for many reasons… but living a life that meant torture and possibly death isn’t one of them.  They will lie for money.  They will lie for fame.  They will lie to avoid embarrassment but they wont lie to live in poverty and to be ridiculed. 

So, when we see that not just 12 people put their life on the line for Jesus, but instead there were thousands.  It becomes pretty clear that Jesus, his miracles, and his death and resurrection were quite real.

And I hope that we can begin to connect with the reality of Jesus because when we can connect to the reality of Jesus, it changes our lives. 

The more real Jesus is to us, the harder we will fight to spread the gospel.
The more real Jesus is to us, the more we want to step out on faith.
The more real Jesus is to us, to more real His power is to us in our lives. 
The more real Jesus is to us, the more we want to seek him out. 
The more real Jesus is to us, to more connected we are to our faith. 

What does the reality of Jesus mean to you?  

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