|By: Dr. John Ankerberg; ©2005|
|Are there any “absolute” truths today? YES! In this article Dr. Ankerberg gives five FACTS about Jesus that are absolutely true—He lived; we have accurate information about Him; He claimed to be God; this claim was verified by His resurrection; and He is the only way to God!|
A. Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th edition, devotes 20,000 words to the person of Jesus Christ and never once hints that He didn’t exist.
B. Non-Christian sources mention Jesus:
A. There are 8 writers who claimed to be either eyewitnesses or to have had contact with eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James and the writer of Hebrews.
B. These men claim to have written carefully researched accounts of their testimony:
C. These accounts were written in the 1st century—well within the lifetime of eyewitnesses:
D. Four things missing from the book of Acts prove it was written prior to 70 A.D.:
Why didn’t Luke (the author) say anything about these major events and leaders? Because these events happened after he wrote his book. That’s why many scholars date Acts around 64 A.D. If Acts was Luke’s second book (Acts 1:1), then Luke was written before that. Matthew came before Luke, and almost all believe Mark came before either Luke or Matthew.
A. Mark 14:61-62—But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
B. Jesus said:
There are not 5 or 6 different ways to God. In fact, there are not even 2 different ways. Jesus says He is it! You won’t get there without Him.
A. There are 4 facts that have forced even skeptics to accept that Jesus rose from the dead:
Paul said, in 55 A.D.: