Reason number 9
The ninth reason I’m giving for the reason I believe the Bible is the person of Jesus Christ. I’m sure there are many that do not believe he was the Messiah, or God’s son, but based on what the Bible has to say, there is ample evidence to show that He is both.
The Bible contains well 300 prophecies about Jesus. These prophecies address nearly every aspect of His life. Specifics about His birth, ministry, and death are given in the minutest detail. Secular historical writer, Simon Sebag Montefiore, wrote in his national Bestseller, Jerusalem, that “it is clear that (Jesus) was steeped in knowledge of the Jewish Bible and everything he did was a meticulous fulfillment of its prophecies.” Even a secular writer can acknowledge that, but so many of the prophecies concerning Jesus life were items that were out of His control. No mater how meticulous He was he was unable to orchestrate events surrounding his bloodline, birth, method of his execution, and events that included other people, even after His death.
Luke 24:13-27 tells a story about two men who were walking to Emmaus after Jesus was resurrected. They did not recognize Jesus as they were walking with Him. Jesus eventually revealed Himself to them and gave them an Old Testament Bible study. Verse 27 says:
“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”
The entire Bible is about Jesus. Every book, story, and event is a picture of Jesus and what He was going to do. Take the story of Abraham offering up his son Isaac in Genesis 22. Abraham did exactly what God instructed Him to do. Abraham told Isaac that “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering. “ The Angel of the Lord stopped Abraham just before he was going to kill his son. Hebrews 11:19 says:
“He (Abraham) considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him (Isaac) back as a type.”
On two occasions the Israelites had to receive water from a rock. Moses was instructed to strike the rock the first time. He did and water came out. The second time they needed water Moses was supposed to talk to the rock. Moses was upset with the Israelites and struck the rock again. This was in direct opposition to what God had told to do. Again, this was a picture of Jesus. Jesus was stuck once, not twice. 1 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that the Rock was Christ.
Another example of Moses comes in the book of Numbers, chapter 21. God sent poisonous serpents among the Israelites. They complained to Moses about these poisonous snakes. God instructed Moses to raise up a bronze serpent on a standard. When the Israelites would look upon the bronze serpent after having been bitten, they would be healed. I’m sure you are familiar with John 3:16, arguably the most famous verse in the Bible. But two verses prior to that show how God used events in the Old Testament to teach about the saving work of Christ.
14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
There are only a few options when deciding who Jesus is. He was either a lunatic, a liar, or He was who He said He was in the Bible. Given the previous eight reasons why I believe the Bible, along with over 300 prophecies concerning every detail of His life, Is there really any way one can conclude that He is anything other than the Son of God and our Messiah? Based on the evidence, I say not a chance.