GOD'S WORD THE BIBLE: The Identity of Jesus


A man was born some 2000 years ago who's name was Jesus. Who was this man? What was the nature of His existence? What was His purpose in life? Did He have a message to bring to this world? Except for a small number of sketchy references from non-biblical sources everything that is known about Jesus Christ comes from the record of the New Testament. Having presented a survey of the evidence demonstrating the trustworthiness and reliability of the New Testament as a written historical document, we now turn to look at what it says about the person we know as Jesus of Nazareth.

First the testimony of the written record concerning the identity of Jesus will be presented . The words of Jesus and His disciples along with the events surrounding Jesus' life will be considered. We believe that it will become quite evident that Jesus, although a man, was not an ordinary man. In fact the record demonstrates that Jesus was a man who was altogether unique. The record of the New Testament indicates that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and that He told others to believe His testimony on the basis of the supernatural miracles which He performed, the Old Testament prophecy He fulfilled and His resurrection from the dead which He foretold. The record also indicates that others did in fact believe He was the Son of God having come to that conclusion based on the before mentioned evidence which they had come to know firsthand.

After an examination of the record of what Jesus and His disciples said regarding His identity, message and mission has been presented more will be offered regarding the significance of these things especially as they pertain to the inspiration of the Bible.

Please continue to the next point to examine the written record as it gives testimony to the true identity of Jesus.