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"The cross stands as a mystery because it is foreign to everything we exalt- self over principle, power over meekness, the quick fix over the long haul, cover-up over confession, escapism over confrontation, conform over sacrifice, feeling over commitment, legality over justice, the body over the spirit, anger over forgiveness, man over God." Courage and Godspeed, Chad HT: The Poached Egg
In a recent Q and A question written to Dr. William Lane Craig at Reasonable Faith, a gentlemen wrote in questioning the reliability of the Gospels. In his response, which you can read here, Dr. Craig included a list of books that would be useful for someone wanting to examine the historicity of the Gospels. I thought it might be helpful to some to highlight that list here:
B = Beginner
I = Intermediate
A = Advanced
Blomberg, Craig. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2007. (B)
Carson, D. A., Moo, Douglas J., and Morris, Leon. An Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1992. (I)
Evans, Craig. Fabricating Jesus. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 2006. (I)
France, R. T. The Evidence for Jesus. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1986. (B)
Green, Joel, et al., eds. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove: Inter-Varsity, 1992. (A)
Gundry, Robert H. Mark: A Commentary on his Apology for the Cross. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993. (A)
Guthrie, Donald. New Testament Introduction. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity, 1990. (I)
Hemer, Colin. The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1990. (A)
Johnson, Luke. The Real Jesus. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1996. (B)
Meier, John. A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. 4 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1991-. (A)
Wilkins, Michael and Moreland, J.P., eds. Jesus under Fire. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. (I)
Six:Why Trust Jesus When There Is So
Much Disagreement about the Identity of the “Real Jesus”?
Mentioning Jesus in conversation
causes quite a stir. Everyone feels the need to address the question of who
Jesus is when His name is brought up. This is a result of Jesus living, as Josh
McDowell states and Sterrett quotes, “one of the greatest lives ever lived.”1
However, this mutual interest in Jesus does not create agreement about His
identity. Even among the writings about the life of Jesus there is not
agreement. The Gnostic gospels, discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945, paint
quite a different picture of Jesus than the biblical Gospels and so Sterrett
details three basic reasons that scholars place the biblical Gospels on a higher
1. The biblical Gospels were written
by Jesus’ disciples and close associates in the first century. The Gnostic
gospels were written by second and third century Gnostic teachers.
2. The biblical Gospels were widely
distributed (attested to by the fact that we have over 5,000 manuscripts of the
Gospels and only a few of the Gnostic gospels) and determined authentic and
authoritative by the early church leaders.
3. The Gnostic gospels are wacky! For
example, TheGospel of Peter states that a huge talking cross came out of the
tomb at the resurrection of Christ and The
Infancy Gospel of Thomasdetails
Christ causing sickness and even killings in order to heal and resurrect.
Even with the Gnostic gospels
ruled out, how can we know the real Jesus is portrayed in the biblical Gospels?
Sterrett provides three sources of evidence to bolster our confidence in
knowing the true identity of Jesus:
1. From non-Christian writings we
are able to conclude that:Jesus was a
Jewish teacher; Many people believed that he performed healings and exorcisms;
He was rejected by the Jewish leaders; Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate
in the reign of Tiberius; Despite a shameful death, his followers, believing he
was still alive, spread beyond Palestine so that there were multitudes of them
in Rome by AD 64; All kinds of people from the cities and countryside
worshipped Jesus as God by the beginning of the second century.2
2. The Gospels are eyewitness
accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Additionally, the New
Testament writers were either apostles who were eyewitnesses or gatherers of
information from apostles who were eyewitnesses. This understanding of being
eyewitnesses comes out in their writing. For example:
Peter said, “We did not follow
cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty”3
Luke wrote, “God raise this Jesus
to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”4
Paul declared that Jesus was seen
after His resurrection by His disciples and “more than five hundred of the
brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have
3. Finally, we know who Jesus is by
the prophecies He fulfilled. Sterrett writes:
wanted us to trust in Jesus, His Son, so much that in one twenty-four-hour time
period, at least two dozen specific prophecies were fulfilled in Him-all spoken
at least four hundred years before his birth!6
Here are a few of those
prophecies fulfilled in Jesus:
The price of His betrayal will be
thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:15).
His hands and feet will be
pierced (Psalm 22:16; Luke 23:33).
His heart will rupture (Psalm
22:14; John 19:34).
He will be buried in a rich man’s
tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60).7
With all of this evidence we can
be confident in who Jesus really is and confident that we can place our trust
Stand firm in Christ,
1. Page 105. 2. Page 109 referencing Michael
Wilkins and J.P. Moreland. 3. Page 111 referencing 2 Peter
1:16. 4. ibid referencing Acts 2:32. 5. ibid referencing 1 Corinthians
15:6. 6. Page 113. 7. Pages 113 and 114.
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