Enough Proof

           I teach at a Christian high school where we have 1500 students, yet not all of our students have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Interestingly, our academic program is so strong that families of other faiths (Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, etc.) send their children there. In a conversation with one of those children, I asked, “What are your thoughts about Jesus Christ.” She answered, “I respect what this school believes; however, I lean more toward the scientific and I don’t believe in people coming back from the dead.”

           Thankfully and all things being equal, we have two more years with this young lady to present our Christian case. And thankfully, we do so prayerfully, day by day, in every class, and in chapel services. As Christians, we need to realize that the case for Christianity is strong and there are many arguments to prove its truth. Although the Biblical record is enough, proof outside of the Bible exists as well. Take, for example, the record left by Flavius Josephus, a historian who lived at the time of Christ. Information found at www.josephus.org/#testimonium discusses The Testimonium Flavianum, which contains Josephus’ account of Jesus:  

  •  In Rome, in the year 93, Josephus published his lengthy history of the Jews. While discussing the period in which the Jews of Judaea were governed by the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, Josephus included the following account: 
  • About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man.  For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease.  He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him.  And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.

         Proof of the existence of God abounds already. Romans 1:19-20 tells us that “what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (NIV). Still, God took the time pad the proof with sources like the writings of Josephus, outside of the Biblical record. Those proclaiming to have more rational or scientific minds, must then deal with the existence of historical evidence.

          When Thomas, one of Jesus’ own disciples, requested proof of His resurrection, Jesus appeared to Him and replied, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” John20:29(NKJ). John’s passage continues with the following commentary, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” John 20:30-31 (NKJ).

         Certainly there is enough both inside and outside of the Bible to authenticate the existence, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The question is, what are you going to do with that evidence?

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on October 30, 2011.

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