Why. Jesus?. Prophetically. Inevitably. Historically. Jesus’ Life Ministry Historical Evidence of Jesus Impact Jesus had on World History. Jesus’ Life Ministry. 1. Birth and Youth (4 B.C.-26 A.D.), up to age 30 Birth of Jesus (4 B.C.) Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem, age 12 (8 A.D.)
1. Birth and Youth (4 B.C.-26 A.D.), up to age 30
2. Early Ministry, Judea (26-27 A.D.), age 30
3. Period of popular favor; Galilee (27-29 A.D.), age 31-32
4. Period of Opposition; Galilee, Judea and Perea (29-30 A.D.), age 33
5. The Final Week; Jerusalem (30 A.D.), age 33
6. Resurrection and Ascension (30 A.D.), age 33
*Flee to Egypt
*Sermon on the Mount
“He (Jesus Christ) was a virtuous and an amiable man. The morality that he preached and practiced was of the most benevolent kind; and though similar systems of morality had been preached by Confucius, and by some of the Greek philosophers, many years before; by Quakers since; and by many good men in all ages, it has not been exceeded by any.”
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son...”
Isaiah 7:14 (fulfilling prophecy)
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
“It is all together fitting that the One who performed many miracles during His life, who offered Himself on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of men, and who then rose bodily from the dead in vindication of all His claims, should have begun such a unique life by a unique entrance into that life…
“Not only is the virgin birth true because it is clearly taught in the bible, but also because it is the only type of birth consistent with the character and mission of Jesus Christ and with God’s great plan of salvation for a lost world…
“To say that such a miracle is impossible is to deny the existence of God or else to deny that He can control His creation.”
“ 13 Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’.
14They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’
15‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’
16Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ ”
“Hence to suppress the rumor, he falsely charged guilt and punishment with the most exquisite tortures, the persons commonly known as Christians, who were hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius: but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time, broke out again, not only through Judea, where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also.”
Cornelius Tacitus (55-120AD)
“The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day-the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified.”
“As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Christus, Claudius expelled them from Rome.”
Suetonius (Roman historian)
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
6. Despite a shameful death, his followers, who believe that he was still alive, spread beyond Palestine so that there were multitudes of them in Rome in 64AD
7. All kinds of people from the cities and countryside, men and women, slave and free, worshiped him as God
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His Empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him. . .
“I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and whatever other religions that distance of infinity…
“Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and His will confounds me. Between Him and whoever else in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. He is truly a being by Himself…
“One can absolutely find nowhere, but in Him alone, the imitation of the example of His life… I search in vain in history to find the similar to Jesus Christ, or anything which can approach the gospel. Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or to explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.”
Life of Jesus and Early Church
“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”
“Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
“He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. . . .
“While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial.
“He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth—His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
“Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.
“I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.”
Dr. James Allan Francis
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…”
“And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.”
“And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ ”
2011 7 billion
2020 7.6 billion
2027 8 billion
2030 8.2 billion
2040 8.8 billion
2046 9 billion
2050 9.2 billion
1AD 2 million
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