The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament of the bible, are a set of ancient historical documents. We have better manuscript documentation of the New Testament than any other documents in human history. There are estimates of about 5000 Greek New Testament documents with several being almost complete.
In the Gospel of Luke 1:2 Just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses…….we see that Luke talks about those from the beginning, eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word to give an orderly account. He is writing in a time when there would have been eyewitnesses that could dispute his words. Yet we find no one that disputes these writings or other historical documents from that era about this man named Jesus.
In the Gospel of Mark 1:2-3, he starts his gospel with the Old Testament writings of Isaiah. Bringing to light that John the Baptist is the forerunner of Christ; the one sent to go before Him and prepare the way for the Messiah. There are dozens of Old Testament prophecies that are fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth. It is said by scholars that it is mathematically impossible that He could have fulfilled all prophecy of the Old Testament yet He does. Here is a list of some of those fulfilled prophecies.
Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus
O.T Prophecy N.T
50:6 Beaten and spit on Matthew 27:30
53:7 Answered not a word Matthew 27:13-14
53:9 Place of burial Matthew 27:57-60
53:12 Prayed for others Luke 23:34
53:12 Numbered with law breakers Luke 23:33
22:1 Cried to God Matthew 27:46
22:8 Mocked Matthew 27:43
22:15 Thirst John 19:28
22:16 Death by crucifixion John 19:16
22:18 Clothing divided by soldiers John 19:24
69:19 Shame Matthew 27:28
69:21 Wine vinegar to drink John 19:29
12:10 Pierced John 19:34
12:46 No broken bones John 19:33, 36
When Jesus faced the highest ruling court of justice among the Jewish people called the Sanhedrin for blasphemy before His crucifixion, He states that He is the Son of God. Luke 22:70 Then they all said, “Are you then the Son of God?” So He said to them (The Sanhedrin), “You rightly say that I am.” The Sanhedrin knew of the term I AM. The Sanhedrin was the Jews religious and political council and was headed by the High Priest of Israel. I AM was saying I am God the self-existent One from Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.” Jesus Himself claimed to be the Son of God.
Those that were alive in Jesus day whether they loved Him, were indifferent to Him, or hated Him, all acknowledged He did miracles. If they loved Him, they believed it was by God, if they hated Him, they believed it was by the devil, and if they were indifferent to Him they believed He was a magician. But Jesus did not do magic, and even the demons knew who He was.
When Jesus landed at Gergesenes there on the shore were two demon possessed men. Matthew 8:29 Suddenly they (demons) cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? (Emphasis added) Have You come here to torment us before the time?” They knew Jesus had authority over them and begged that He would cast them into the herd of swine. Jesus freed two men from their bondage of evil and the people that knew these men and feared these men asked Jesus to leave. Verse 34 and behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. Why? Fear had come upon them and Jesus had just destroyed a whole herd of pigs which was their way to make a living. Would He go throughout the land and destroy all their herds? They missed the Messiah that day because of their fear.
Don't miss the Messiah today because of your fears!
It's Good Friday! Why?
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
That is "Good News!"
Happy Good Friday!