Was Jesus just another good person?

Posted: October 27, 2010 in Me and God, Me and people, Science, The Bible

A few days ago, after participating on a debate, I was reminded that some people believe that the Bible is this long book about different stories, rules, characters, and some good people, of whom Jesus is just one more of them. One person expressed that though he did not believe Jesus indeed was the Son of God (born of a virgin and resurrected etc) he just thought of Jesus as a potential ‘good example to follow’ –just another prophet or good person like many in the Bible or elsewhere.

As I made my case showing from the New Testament that Jesus was accepted to be God (by himself, John, Paul, Peter etc)*, someone else argued that these arguments would be valid only if we accepted that The New Testament was in fact trustworthy, citing some of the arguments against such concept –for which in itself there is a different set of equally plausible logical and supported defenses.

At that point, although I could have made mention to the many archeological and historical evidences of Jesus existence or to the many evidences* that point to the very plausible conclusion that He was and is God –risen from the dead, I decided to go for what we seemed to have as common ground: the undeniable manuscript and archeological evidence of The Old Testament; and how it speaks of Jesus, not as just a prophet or a good man, but as The one and only son of God sent to save us all.

It amazes me how, when reading The Old testament alone –pretty much in any translation/version, you come across hundreds and hundreds of references to Jesus Christ, written hundreds of years prior to His human birth. This unequivocal reality, that the whole Bible is about Jesus, is a proof of divine authorship and can be perhaps sensed by the reading some of my most favorite passages in which the Old Testament is used to teach about Jesus Christ when the New Testament hadn’t even been put together:

–       Jesus on the road to Emmaus: (Luke 24) “Jesus said to them, “… how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”

–       Philip  and the eunuch: (Acts 8 ) “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture [Isaiah] , preached Jesus to him”

–       Paul in Thessalonica: (Acts 17) “Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”

–       Apollos a Ephesus: (Acts 18) “for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.”

–       Paul in Rome: (Acts 28) “…many came to him… to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening”

*Links to articles about Jesus’ existence and deity

Jesus, a Biblical defense of His deity

If I had faked the Resurrection

The resurrection; fact of fiction?

The deity of Jesus and critic’s arguments

Twenty reasons Christians believe Jesus is God

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Comments
  1. jerrybeckham says:

    Thank you, this was fabulous.

  2. sheyduck says:

    Do you think that finding Jesus throughout the Old Testament depends to any extent on your being a Christian? Or do we expect Jews, with whom we share those 39 books to find Jesus there as easily?

    • Not necessarily. Some Jews -many I would say, based on what I read from Messianic Jews, have come to accept Jesus as the Messiah because of those and other passages like Zech 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son”

  3. […] time to time you come across people and cults who say that Jesus was a good person but not God; they say that Bible doesn’t actually say Jesus […]

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