Jesus Christ claimed He was the Messiah. But over 60 other people have done the same thing. How do we know He was not a phony or some kind of lunatic deceiving Himself?
First, the coming of Jesus was predicted. All the others who have claimed to be the Messiah just showed up. Over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament in essence say, “He’s coming and here is what He will look like.” When He came, Christ fit the description of the Messiah that had been foretold. He fulfilled these prophecies in every way.
Second, Romans 1:4 claims that Christ’s resurrection demonstrates that He is the Son of God. No other so-called or self-proclaimed “Messiah” has an empty tomb.
The resurrection is a pivotal point in Christian history. This central element unifies the Christian Church. Why is that resurrection so important? Jesus Christ offers the gift of eternal life to those who will simply receive it. No one has the ability to save someone else unless he has conquered the grave himself. Jesus Christ is the only one who had an empty tomb on the third day. This is a truth no atheist has ever been able to disprove.
As sinners, we deserve to be separated from God forever. Because of Jesus Christ’s love for us, He became our substitute and took the punishment for our sins, died and rose again. He now extends the gift of life eternal to all who will trust Him as their personal Savior. To those who trust Him He says, “Because I live, you will live also” (John 14:19).
Makes sense, doesn’t it? If the resurrection is true, the other miracles are easy to explain. If the resurrection is not true, the other miracles don’t matter.
If someone questions if Christ was who He said He was, lovingly challenge them to examine fulfilled prophecy about Christ and investigate the resurrection. And remember—one way to thank God for the empty tomb is by telling your neighbor about it!