God Is Real Week 3 – Pastor Kevin Kringel
Real logic and evidence to believing Jesus was God, lived, died and rose again.
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Scriptures & Notes
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – C.S. Lewis
What can we learn about Jesus from extra biblical sources?
(Josephus, Talmud, Tacitus, Pliny the younger)
– He existed
– Jesus was a Jewish teacher
– Many people believed He performed healings and exorcisms
– Some people of the day believed He was the Messiah
– Rejected by Jewish leaders
– Crucified under Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius
– Despite shameful death followers believe He is still alive
Jesus as God
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
2-5 years after crucifixion
Philippians 2:6-11 (62 A.D.)
Gospels written between 50 A.D.-70 A.D
The eye witnesses and the early church believed Jesus to be God…
Did Jesus believe Himself to be God?
Was Jesus Crazy?
chances of one person randomly fulfilling 8 of these prophecies is 100 million billion.
48 prophecies: 1 in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion. (Peter Stoner)
Did Jesus really die?
Jesus seen alive
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter[a] and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers[b] at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.
“People will die for their religious beliefs if they sincerely believe them to be true, but people wont die for their religious beliefs if they know they are false.”
Church history and Tradition says:
James: killed by Herod Agrippa w the sword
Andrew: (Peter’s brother) crucified
Thomas: Speared through, burned alive
Nathaniel: flayed with a whip and crucified
James the lesser: thrown off Temple, beaten
Simon: crucified, perhaps sawn in half
Thaddeus: beaten w sticks
Matthias: stoned, beheaded
John: boiled in oil, banished
Mark: dragged by horses