The Cross


In my last few blogs, I’ve talked a lot about living a life as a follower of Jesus. But why listen to any of it if Jesus is a fraud. Because that’s really your option. Either Jesus is who He says He was…God and our savior; or he’s a fraud, a mad man, and a lunatic. Those are your 2 options. So, either you should cling to everything He said and live your life accordingly, or you should run the other direction from Him, the Bible, and its teachings. Therefore, I think it’s important to address one key fact…did He die on the cross for our sins and rise from the dead so that we could have eternal life with Him in heaven?

Let’s look at a few key facts in history (not all of the facts, but a few important ones to note)…

There were over 500 eyewitnesses that saw Jesus after he died. If you want to argue if He died, you would first need to argue that Roman soldiers whose main job was to ensure people were dead on the cross before burying their victims, didn’t know what they were doing. Not a very good argument. Think about an account like this today. If someone died and rose again from the dead and it was written about in all public documents available and it didn’t actually happen…do you think it would be more likely to be dismissed immediately or change the course of history forever?

What about all of the details publicly documented about it? Think about a lie you may have told in the past. When being confronted on that lie; do you want to include as many details as possible about that lie or be vague about it to avoid suspicion? Then why would there be so many intricate details about Jesus’ death and resurrection?

If those first 2 items aren’t enough; how about all the disciples who became martyrs and died for their belief in Christ. Would you die for a lie just to prove a point? Again, it doesn’t make any sense.

So what does make sense then? I think it’s the overwhelming evidence that Jesus is who He says He was, as we have loads of historically documented evidence that has been textually criticized by many people much smarter than I am that can confirm it as fact.

The question then becomes, what do you believe? Do you want to take a huge risk and believe that this didn’t happen and we’re just all here randomly and the best case is that this world is the best that there is to offer? Or do you want to believe in the simple gospel…that we live in a fallen, broken, sinful world, but have been given grace by a savior who died for us and gave us the freedom to live at peace through the work that He has already done. I don’t know about you, but I’m choosing option B.

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