Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.” –Jn. 14:6
Jesus’ claim was a monumental one: He claimed to be the only way to God and the only source of eternal life. His claim and teachings have changed millions of lives—but how do we know if they are true? Many believe—very vocally—that Jesus was merely an influential teacher. Do we have any indication that He was who He claimed to be—the Messiah and the Son of God (Mat. 16:16-17)?
Yes. In fact, we have profound evidence to back up Jesus’ claims. If we take the foundation of the existence of God, the validity of the Scriptures, and history and place them alongside Jesus’ world-changing assertion, we find that they fit together seamlessly. Here are three of the biggest reasons I believe that Jesus truly is the Way, Truth, and Life.
1. I believe Jesus is God’s Son because He fulfilled every Messianic prophecy.
Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets—separated by years, miles, and circumstances—wrote very specific details of a Messiah, a Savior anointed by God. Each of these prophecies was fulfilled in one Man: Jesus Christ. Below are listed only eight of these prophecies—the ones that Peter Stoner, an author and professor in the 1950’s, discussed in his book Science Speaks.
|The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2)||Mat. 2:1-2||1 in 2.8 X 105|
|The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger (Mal. 3:1)||Mat. 11:10-11||1 in 103|
|The Messiah would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey (Zech. 9:9).||Jn. 12:14-15||1 in 102|
|The Messiah would be wounded because He was betrayed by His friends (Zech. 13:6).||Mk. 14:44-46||1 in 103|
|The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12).||Mat. 26:14-15||1 in 103|
|The price of His betrayal would be returned to the priests and thrown on the temple floor (Zech. 11:13)||Mat. 27:3-5||1 in 105|
|The Messiah would be innocent but not offer a single word in His own defense (Isa. 53:7).||Mat. 27:12-14||1 in 103|
|The Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced (Psa. 22:16).||Lk. 23:33, 24:39||1 in 104|
Together, the chances of one man fulfilling each of these prophecies is 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or 1 in 1028—a number almost impossible to comprehend. Prof. Stoner explained it this way: suppose we covered the entire state of Texas with a 2-feet-deep layer of silver dollars, marked one with a checkmark, and mixed them up. The chances of someone fulfilling these eight prophecies is the same as someone guessing the marked coin on the first try.
2. I believe Jesus is God’s Son because of His miracles.
It is understandable to be skeptical that Jesus actually performed the miracles recorded in the Bible (e.g. Jn. 6:5-21, Jn. 11:39-44, etc.). However, keep in mind the historical accuracy of the Bible; we have no reason to believe that the historical accounts of Christ’s miracles are not true. In addition, Jesus’ miracles were commonly known and believed.
When Nicodemus came to Jesus to learn more about Him, he said, “…no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him” (Jn. 3:2). Nicodemus believed in Jesus’ divine power because of His miracles, as did thousands of others during Christ’s ministry. To John the Baptist, Jesus’ miracles were a confirmation that He was the long-awaited Messiah; the miracles ensured him the Jesus was in fact “the one who [was] to come” (Mat. 11:2-5).
Also consider what Jesus’ enemies had to say about His miracles: “So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, ‘What are we to do? For this man performs many signs’” (Jn. 11:47). The Jewish leaders, Jesus’ enemies, didn’t know how to explain away the miracles that He was performing!
Some ancient secular writers also mention Christ’s miracles. The Babylonian Talmud and Toledoth Yeshu, both Jewish writings, could explain the miracles no better than the chief priests and Pharisees—they call them “sorcery” and the Toledoth admits that He healed people.
3. I believe Jesus is God’s Son because He rose from the dead.
The most compelling, powerful reason to believe that Jesus is the Messiah is His resurrection (Lk. 24:1-7). No other “influential teacher” holds the status of resurrected Redeemer, and the resurrection validates Jesus’ claim to Sonship. The resurrection puzzled the Jews and transformed disappointed disciples into devoted evangelists, and it is one of the most heavily documented and discussed events in history. Proofs of the resurrection will be discussed in my next article.