Jesus wanted me to do something very strange - I had to try and prove that He was not the Messiah! This was difficult for me to do; you see I believed Him to be the Son of God! Inwardly I asked Jesus why He wanted me to do such a thing. He gave me a straight, simple answer – “Too many believe that I was and am not the Messiah. See if you can prove them right!” More
It’s tempting to imagine that if we just could have seen Jesus, if we could have heard his parables and witnessed his miracles, that the truth of this claim would be obvious. But the truth is, Jesus’ contemporaries—even many of his own followers - struggled with this question just as we do today. Plenty of people who observed Jesus’ actions with their own eyes resisted the idea that he was the Messiah.
One of the most useful ways to test Christianity’s claims about Jesus is to look to the Jewish Scriptures that predated Jesus’ birth. By examining the story of Israel, and by looking carefully at the different prophecies and hints that describe the promised Messiah, we can evaluate whether or not Jesus fits the picture of that Messiah.
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