Jesus claimed to be the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. Was he telling
the truth, or was he an impostor? Let’s ask some people who knew him, some people who witnessed certain events in His
John the Baptist
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! …And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the
Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with
water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God” (John 1:29, 32-34).
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman
who testified, "He told me all that I ever did." …Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what
you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ,
the Savior of the world” (John 4:39, 42).
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though
he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, “Yes,
Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the
world” (John 11:25-27).
The centurion and others who were guarding Jesus at the time of his crucifixion
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake
and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the
Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54).
The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them,
"Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His
side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside,
and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to
Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving,
but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" (John
Proof Positive from Isaiah
If you are still not fully convinced, ask yourself how someone who lived well over
700 years before Jesus did could have such detailed knowledge of his life. Generally the Jews did not expect anyone
like Jesus to be the Christ ... they were expecting another David. The words of Isaiah could not be just a lucky guess,
and they can apply to no one else but Jesus. Note especially the reason for Jesus suffereing, as we studied back in
the last article. The following is proof positive that Jesus is exactly who he claimed to be.
Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?
For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we
see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted
with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our
griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for
our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to
the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment
he was taken away; and as for his generation, who (among them) considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke (was due)?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a
rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased Jehovah
to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see (his) seed, he shall
prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, (and)
shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out
his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
In our next article on this subject we will answer the question: Why do we all need Jesus?