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Our Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, the Creator of the Universe, Savior, Lord, Friend, and Soon-Coming King over all the Earth. There is no way to adequately describe the person and work of Jesus Christ, but since He is the central figure of history and prophecy, we offer this section as a beginning point to to information about Him. The Apostle John wrote this: Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. - John 21:25 (NIV)




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Key Scriptures

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God the Son
John 1:1,14 Further Study
John 20:27-29 Further Study
Colossians 1:15-19 Further Study
Hebrews 1:8 Further Study
Creator
John 1:1-3 Further Study
Colossians 1:15-18 Further Study
Hebrews 1:8-11 Further Study
Messiah
Matthew 16:16-17 Further Study
Savior
John 3:16 Further Study
Lord
1 Peter 3:15 Further Study
King
Revelation 19:11-16 Further Study

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Current Events


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What does the virgin birth of Jesus Christ teach us today?

Dec. 23, 2015 - The writer admits that there have always been people who doubted the virgin birth of Christ.

The Bible itself and its authors assume the virgin conception of Christ as truth and the skeptics of this truth were just as numerous then as the skeptics of today.

The Virgin birth illustrates three core concepts of Christianity:
1 - It shows that salvation comes from the Lord and is His supernatural work. Even as early as Genesis 3:15 Jesus' birth and our redemption were predicted.

2 - It reveals the true uniqueness of the Son of God. Theologians call this union of God and man the hypostatic union. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man.

3 - It demonstrates God's sovereignty over nature. He allowed other supernatural births: Isaac, Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. In Jesus' case, His conception by the Holy Spirit left Him without the legal guilt of original sin and allowed Him to provide our redemption.

Source: Pastor John Patnode - Princeton Union-Eagle

Israeli scholar says 1st century Jews awaited Messiah who would die & rise again. Argues “third day resurrection” an idea that pre-dates Jesus.

Apr. 5, 2015 - The Old Testament predicted that Messiah would be a "suffering servant," dying as an atonement for our sins (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Daniel 9:26), before He would bcome the "righteous ruler" of Israel and the world.

Joel Rosenberg summarizes the theory proposed by Dr. Israel Knohl, a respected professor and Dead Sea Scrolls expert at Hebrew University, that, after his death, Messiah would be resurrected in three days.

In the year 2009 Dr. Knohl wrote a book, Messiahs and Resurrection in “The Gabriel Revelation", in which he introduced new information, based on the discovery in 200--near the caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls, of a three-foot engraved stone tablet.

The tablet has been named by scholars as “Gabriel’s Revelation” because it suggests that the angel Gabriel was instructed by God to direct that the Messiah be raised from the dead on the third day.

Source: Joel Rosenberg
Editor's note: Of course, Jesus predicted His own resurrection in three days (John 2:18-22; Matthew 12:39-40; 16:21; John 10:17-18; Matthew 27:62-64). The disciples evidently did not take it seriously until after His prophecies were fulfilled. See the two excellent articles below.
Did Jesus Predict His Own Resurrection? - Don Stewart - Blue Letter Bible
Did Jesus Predict His Resurrection? - John Piper - Jesus.org


Jesus tops list as most significant figure in history; Mohammed at 4th

Dec. 10, 2013 - Two computer scientists, Steven Skiena and Charles Ward, used quantitative analysis from Wikipedia to determine the top 10 most significant people in history. Jesus ranked first.
“We would call Jesus ‘the most significant person ever,” said Mr. Skiena, in Pacific Standard. “With over 2 billion followers a full 2,000 years after his death, Jesus is an incredibly successful historical name.”
Next in line was Napoleon Bonaparte,William Shakespeare, Mohammed, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Aristotle, Alexander the Great and Thomas Jefferson.
Source: Washington Times

The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: Ancient Fragment Stirs Debate
/ Christian Scholars not Fazed


Sept. 19, 2012 -

A historian from Harvard Divinity School revealed on Tuesday what she claims to be a fourth century fragment of papyrus containing the phrase (in Coptic) "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ... '"
Professor Karen King has studied a very small fragment of papyrus from the Fourth Century, and says that Jesus supposedly referred to his wife. She said that it does not prove that He had a wife, and if He did, there is no evidence that he married Mary Magdalene.

According to Darrell L. Bock, senior research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, there was no doubt among earlier Christian writers that Jesus was single. The papyrus comes from a fringe gnostic group hundreds of years after Christ. And even if it were true that Jesus has said, "My wife...," it could "well be metaphorical" – a representation of Jesus being married to the church.

Source: Lillian Kwon - Christian Post
'Jesus wife' papyrus blasted as 'forgery' - Joe Kovacs - WND
Christian Scholars Not Fazed by 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' - Lillian Kwon - Christian Post
The Gospel of Jesus' Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship Albert Mohler- Relligion Today
Preparing for Jesus' Next Lover - James Emery White - Religion Today
Update Oct. 16, 2012 - 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' Forged by Modern Technology, Scholar Proposes - Christian Post

Israeli collector 'not guilty' in Jesus burial box case

Mar. 14, 2012 - It is still not known whether or not an ossuary (burial box for bones) supposedly found in 2002 with the Aramaic inscription, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" is authentic. However, after a seven-year trial, the Israeli collector who was accused of forging the artifact has been cleared of the charges.
Source: BBC
Trial on Antiquities Fraud Ends, But Not the Controversy - Christianity Today

Italian study claims Turin Shroud is Christ's authentic burial robe

Dec. 21, 2011 - New experiments on the Shroud of Turin show that it is most likely the authentic cloth that wrapped the body of Christ. There have been decades of research and varying opinions about the shroud.
However, researchers from Italy's National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development believe their findings undermine previous theories that the shroud was faked in the medieval period.
Studies conducted in the 1980s reported that the image was "forged" on the cloth between 1260 and 1390. However, scientists now think that the earlier research used material from a patch likely used to to repair the cloth after a fire.

The basic conclusion of the recent study is that the technology that would have been needed to produce the shroud only partially exists today, and certainly would not have been available in the medieval period.

Source: Telegraph -UK
and AOL/Huffington Post

A Second-Coming Christian

July 19, 2011 - Columnist David Neff memorialized his father, an outstanding Christian who lived until he was almost 90, but didn't plan to die. He planned instead to "meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thess. 4:17). David said there were many ways that he and his dad had different perspectives.
Fathers and sons often don't see eye to eye. Dad listened to Rush Limbaugh. I listen to NPR. Dad played Alan Jackson on his stereo. I have Thomas Hampson on my iPod. But on this we agreed: The Christian faith is essentially eschatological.
Because of his father's belief that Jesus might return at any time, he lived a holy and useful life.
Source: David Neff - Christianity Today
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Expert: Shroud 'actual burial cloth of Jesus'

May 8, 2010 - Bruno Barberis, director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin, Italy, believes that the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
Barberis discounted the reliability of the carbon-14 dating tests conducted on the Shroud in 1988. He said the area of the Shroud where the sample for the carbon-14 tests had been taken were contaminated by medieval reweaving with cotton.
Barberis is a professor of mathematics at the University of Turin, and an internationally recognized expert on the Shroud of Turin. He has attended more than 800 conferences on the Shroud throughout the world.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Shroud a 'radiation photo' of resurrection? - Sept. 4, 2010 - WorldNetDaily

See Video of the Shroud of Turin exhibit

May 4, 2010 - The Shroud Committee at the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist in Turin, Italy granted WorldNetDaily permission to record a video of the Shroud in the cathedral during visiting hours. The video is posted here.
Source: WorldNetDaily

The Jesus We'll Never Know

Apr. 12, 2010 - Scot McKnight writes that orthodox Christians have a theological concept of Jesus, drawn from the Gospel accounts of His life and ministry, but Jewish and liberal Christian scholars think they can determine "what Jesus was really like."
Most historical Jesus scholars assume that the Gospels have overcooked their portrait of Jesus, and that the church's Trinitarian theology wildly exceeds anything Jesus thought about himself and anything the evangelists believed.
McKnight shows that most people tend to picture Jesus as a person like themselves (in their own image), and the “historical Jesus scholars” are guilty of doing the same thing. He says that the quest for this non-Biblical Jesus, in spite of the tremendous effort, has resulted in contradictory visions of Christ, and may well be forgotten completely in a generation or two.
Source: Christianity Today

3D-face creator says Shroud proves resurrection

April 2, 2010 - The History Channel has aired a two-hour documentary called, "The Real Face of Jesus?" in which a new 3D imaging technology has used the Shroud of Turin to recreate the shape of the face on the cloth. Ray Downing is the creator of the 3D computer technology that was used for the documentary. He said,
"Viewed through the lens of science, the Shroud of Turin contains a code that when deciphered provides actual, physical evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was an actual, historical event."
Source: WorldNetDaily
Update: Apr. 14, 2010 -Shroud forgery? Not so fast, say scientists- Study by university statisticians refute conclusion of Carbon-14 dating in 1988 - WorldNetDaily
"The Real Face of Jesus?" DVD - The History Channel
Turin Shroud Center of Colorado

Jerusalem Bears Witness to Greatest Story

April 4, 2010 - Numerous sites in Jerusalem are powerful reminders that the Bible story of the death and resurrection of Christ are historically accurate. Some of these are:
Two thousand year old olive trees still thriving in the Garden of Gethsemane
An ancient Roman road from the Kidron Valley to the house of Caiphas
Stones from the fortress of Pontus Pilate with the marks of a Roman soldier's game called "King for a Day"
The Via Dolorosa or "The Way of the Cross" - the route Jesus took to His crucifixion
The Garden Tomb
Chris Mitchell, CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief, who wrote the article says, "But perhaps the greatest proof of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ lies beyond the Old City walls of Jerusalem. It's the testimony of more than a billion Christians from every tongue and tribe who say their lives have been forever changed by the resurrected Jesus."
Source: Christianity Today

I Am Not Ashamed

March, 2010 - A national campaign has been launched by Answers In Genesis to encourage Christians to post and/or record their statement of faith in Jesus Christ. This is the message America needs the most, and it has grown to all areas of the media, including television, the Internet, and billboards.

Get involved by posting your own thoughts about Jesus, by being part of the world's first video Bible (you and your family may quote a portion of Scripture for all to see), or sponsoring media ads.

Source: IAmNotAshamed.org

Church opens Shroud of Turin to public

Mar. 15 - The Catholic Church in Turin, Italy, will exhibit the Shroud of Turin, a linen relic that millions believe is the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ, from April 10 through May 23. This will be the longest viewing in the shroud's modern history.
The official website created by the Archdiocese of Turin for this year's exhibition estimates 2 million people will travel to Turin to view the shroud.
There is still active debate about whether or not the shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus.
Source: WorldNetDaily
New dating technique could establish age of the Turin Shroud - Telegraph - UK
Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association
Is this the face of Jesus Christ? - WorldNetDaily

Away With The Manger

Dec. 21, 2009 - Chuck Norris complains that, unlike previous presidents, Barack Obama ignores the real meaning of Christmas.
Based upon President Obama's first year's utter disregard for America's Judeo-Christian heritage and promotion of a secular-progressive agenda and pro-Islamic platforms, the only white Christmas I would count on at the White House is a continued whitewashing of religious tradition.
Norris gives examples of earlier Presidents who were not afraid to stand up for belief in the babe who was born in Bethlehem.
Source: WorldNetDaily
National Treasures
White House Christmas Cards
Christmas with the Presidents - WallBuilders
Ronald Reagan Christmas address (12/23/81) - You Tube

Behold His Glory – The History Behind the Nativity Story

Dec. 26, 2008 - Dr. Ted Baher reminds readers of MovieGuide.org that they can have complete faith in the New Testament documents and what they say about the virgin birth, divinity, crucifixion, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus Christ.

He explains that historians use two standard tests for determining the reliability of an ancient document like the New Testament. The first one is the bibliographic test. He summarizes the overwhelming scholarship applied to the thousands of ancient copies and fragments of the New Testament, and quotes Christian scholar and philosopher Norman L. Geisler:

"The New Testament writings are superior to comparable ancient writings. The records for the New Testament are vastly more abundant, clearly more ancient, and considerably more accurate in their text."

The second test is the external test, which analyzes what external sources say about the document. He shows that historians of all ages have been satisfied about the evidence that the Bible is reliable. He says, "When all is said and done, the evidence for the historical reliability of the New Testament documents is in fact better than the evidence for Julius Caesar or any other historical figure in the ancient world."

Source: Movieguide.org

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Questions And Links For Jesus Christ

These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Search the links section to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian apologists.


The “Historical Jesus”


Was Jesus just a great teacher or leader?

Was Jesus a miracle-worker?
(What are miracles? Do they occur today?)

Did “The DaVinci Code” disprove the Bible story about Jesus?

Does the “Jesus Seminar” help us understand the Bible?

What did the Jewish Josephus say about Jesus?

What do people mean when they say they are searching for the “Historical Jesus?”

Incarnation/Virgin Birth


Was Jesus’ mother Mary really a virgin?

What was the Star of Bethlehem?

Who were the Magi?

Dual Nature: Fully God and Fully Man


Is Jesus God?

What is the Trinity?

Who did Jesus claim to be?

What did Jesus say he had come to do?

Why did Jesus call Himself the “Son of Man”?

Was Jesus qualified to be king?

How could Jesus become a man? (Hypostatic Union)

Could Jesus have sinned?

Could Jesus have escaped death?

Substitutionary Atonement


Did Jesus actually die in my place?
Got Life?
Have You Heard Of The Four Spiritual Laws? - Campus Crusade For Christ

How could Jesus pay for the sins of the world?

Is Jesus the only way to God?

Resurrection


Can a rational person believe in the Resurrection of Christ?

The Resurrection - What If We're Right? Radio - Ron Graff and Brian Hoerning

What difference does the Resurrection make?

Is it possible that Jesus just “fainted” on the Cross?

Is it possible that the disciples stole the body of Christ?

Could the Shroud of Turin be the burial cloth of Jesus?
Church opens Shroud of Turin to public - WorldNetDaily
3D-face creator says Shroud proves resurrection - WorldNetDaily
New dating technique could establish age of the Turin Shroud - Telegraph - UK
Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association






Jesus Christ Links


Apologetics.com
Outline of The Historical Jesus by Gary R. Habermas

Apologetics: A Reasoned Defense of Christianity
Southern Baptist – North American Mission Board
Jesus

Catholic Encyclopedia: Apologetics
Jesus Christ

Christian Answers Net
Apologetics megasite
About Jesus Christ

Christian Research Institute (CRI)
Home of the "Bible Answer Man" radio program with Hank Hanegraaff.
About Jesus Christ

Christmas Links - Prophecy Central

Easter Links - Prophecy Central

Evidence for the Resurrection - Jay Smith

The Gospel of John -Movie/ Video (VHS, DVD)

Got Life?

Have You Heard Of The Four Spiritual Laws? - Campus Crusade For Christ

"The Real Face of Jesus?" DVD - The History Channel
JesusCentral.com
A place for people of all backgrounds to learn about Jesus

Jesus Christ - Prophecy Central

Jesus Christ: His identity, life, death and resurrection - ChristianAnswers.net

The Jesus Video Project - Campus Crusade for Christ

Jesus: Fact or Fiction? - DVD

Jesus The Messiah - Jews For Jesus

The Incomparable Christ
Koinonia House
Find a wealth of useful information from Chuck and Nancy Missler.
About Jesus Christ

My King - by Chuck Missler

Lifeway Apologetics Archive

One Solitary Life
Reasonable Faith - Dr. WilliamLane Craig
Jesus of Nazareth

Turin Shroud Center of Colorado

Skeptical Christian
Jesus

Stand To Reason
This is the website for "Stand To Reason" radio show and host Greg Koukl.
Jesus

"Steps To Peace With God" - Billy Graham - Hollywood Jesus

Lee Strobel - Investigating Faith
Investigating Jesus

James Sundquist – Abrahamic Faith
Abouot Jesus

That's My King! - Dr. S.M. Lockeridge

The Uniqueness of Jesus- Campus Crusade for Christ





Multimedia

Jesus Christ on YouTube






Wikis

There are a number of user-edited Internet encyclopedias, known as "wikis." These may be very helpful, but because of the input of multiple editors, they may be incorrect. Go to any of these wikis and do a search for "Jesus Christ" or any other topic.

Wikipedia - Jesus - General interest - May have non-Biblical point of view.
Theopedia - Jesus - Traditional, evangelical, Protestant point of view.
Conservapedia - Jesus
CreationWiki - Jesus
WikiChristian - Jesus

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