A few years back, I served on a jury. The entire experience was fascinating. I sat mesmerized as the Prosecutor and then the Public Defendant presented their cases. Witnesses took to the stands and answered questions about the defendant and his actions. As a jurist, I was asked to consider all aspects of the case, examine the facts presented during testimony, and render an impartial verdict in accordance with the law and based on the evidence provided. A person cannot be convicted of a crime if the prosecution does not prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
I found myself wishing that someone had taken video footage of the crime. The defendant posed one version of the events, but the arresting officers’ description was starkly different. Who is telling the truth? Could I know beyond a reasonable doubt?
Doubting the veracity of a person’s story is common today. We live in a world where truth is twisted, and unscrupulous people abound. Rare is the night where I don’t turn on the 6 o’clock news and hear about a political official, athlete, or famous person who has fallen from grace.
It is in this environment that I must answer the question, “Why should I believe that Jesus is real?” I am not surprised that people doubt.
Thankfully, the evidence for the claims of Jesus are powerful. Any jury would be able to agree to His veracity beyond a reasonable doubt.
Why do you ask? Well, frankly, the Old Testament Scriptures provide all the evidence that we need. Most people have not read the Bible, and are not aware of the vast amount of evidence it provides. As a defender of Christ, I need to explain that the Old Testament prophecies were written some 400 years before Christ was even born. What are the odds that a man would be born four centuries later that would fulfill hundreds of Messianic prophecies proclaimed by multiple men who lived before His time?
Here are 10 Scriptural evidences about Christ that can’t be ignored:
· “I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)
· “…Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered…” (Zechariah 13:7)
· “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.” (Psalms 41:9)
· “…he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)
· “They put gall in My food and gave Me vinegar for My thirst.” (Psalms 69:21)
· “They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” (Psalms 22:18)
· “He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” (Psalms 34:20)
· “They will look on me, the one they have pierced…” (Zechariah 12:2)
· “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 56:3)
·“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:4-7)
Without a doubt, Jesus is the Messiah who came to save us from our sins. The Old Testament scriptures provide all the evidence we need to prove our case.
Lyli Dunbar loves teaching. For 17 years, she mentored teenagers in the Christian school setting, and now she has serves as Associate Director of Curriculum at Trinity International University Florida. Lyli married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging young couples and singles in God’s waiting room. She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books. Lyli writes about life lessons and faith on her personal blog. You may also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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