Many people believe that Jesus was a good man, but only a man. Others say He was a prophet, even the Messiah, but not God in the flesh. What does the Bible say?
Everyone has heard of "doubting Thomas." Thomas was an apostle of Jesus, but he doubted that Jesus had been raised from the dead. So Jesus appeared to Thomas and proved that He had been raised. As a result, "Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" — John 20:28,29.
Notice that, not only did Jesus allow Thomas to call Him "God," but He also said that everyone else should believe the same thing! Clearly Jesus was not "just a good man." Either He was divine, or else he was a liar and a fraud — not a good man at all.
But why should we believe Jesus' claim? What proof do we have? Keep reading! John 20:30,31 says: "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence 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." Jesus performed miracles to lead us to believe. He walked on the water, calmed a storm, raised the dead, and healed blindness, leprosy, and all kinds of diseases.
The greatest proof of all is the one that convinced Thomas: the resurrection. Hundreds of people saw Jesus alive again after His death. There is absolutely no reasonable explanation for this evidence except that Jesus really did arise from the dead. Jesus' supernatural powers prove that He was who He claimed to be. He was the Divine Son of God.
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2015
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