He is hope for those who believe, a mystery to great academics, and a thorn on the side of the Pharisees.
He fulfilled forty-four messianic prophecies, as well as three hundred other prophecies that were written more than a thousand years before his birth (no exceptions). The most skeptical and discredited historians, theologians and philosophers agree that a man named Jesus died on a Roman cross on a Friday, and was buried in this tomb that was empty on the Sunday morning.
He walked this earth as an non attractive man, but the evidence proves that He was not ordinary.
He was not just a teacher. And unless you believe in absolutely every word of what He said about Who He was, you could not even admire Jesus. He could never use such authority to speak about God without being a Son of God. C. S. Lewis speaks about this in an awesome way:
“I’m trying to stop people from continuing to say the nonsense they often say about Him, for example,” I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great teacher of morals, but I do not believe that He was indeed God. ” This is something that can not be said because a man who was only a man and said Jesus said would not be a good teacher of morals.He would either be a lunatic – on the same level as a man who claims to be a scrambled egg – or he would be the Devil of Hell, (you have to make your choice), or this man Was and Is the Son of God, or a madman or something worse.You can try to make him pass for a fool, you can spit n ‘He will kill you like a demon, or you may fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.’ But we should stop approaching Him by saying this nonsense that Jesus was just a great teacher. the intention of giving us this kind of choice ”
– Mere Christianity, pages 40-41.
First, the evidences of His existence is both long-established and widespread, I also think that is implausible that monotheists (Jewish) would invent an incarnate Messiah. And the gospels, being of the literary genre that they are, has no vestige of the textual marks of the myths, also, most of Jesus’ life is totally unknown to us, as is the life of any other person who lived in those days, and no writer who was building a legend or a myth would allow it to be so. In fact, there is significantly more documentation for the books of the Bible than there are for other historically recognized authors and literature, such as Plato and The Iliad. Thousands of ancient, hand-copied documents provide proof of the New Testament and Old Testament’s historical consistency.
He could not be merely invented.
Millenniums after his death and no one stopped talking about this guy. Is this possible without his resurrection? We do not read the words of Jesus as the voice of a dead man, but as living truths of a Living Man.
Every action of Jesus is amazing, his deeds are neither automatic nor premeditated. He appeared in the most impossible places, and answered the most amazing questions. He was wise but not arrogant. He was the first man in history to value women. Jesus’s regard for women was much different from that of his contemporaries. He gave value to the tears of a desperate widow, He walked for miles to help a sick girl, He sat on a hot day under a blinding sun to wait for a woman and speak with her, and when everyone was going to throw stones at a prostitute, he looked at her, listened to her and spoke with her. He healed multitudes, asking nothing in return.
He loved Judas who betrayed him, and he loved John who preferred him to the point where he pressed his face to his chest. He loved his twelve disciples, the crowds, and his family. He loved men and women. Jesus loved in silence, when He refused to respond to the offenses that were coming towards Him, He loved with sweet words, with forgiveness to sinners, with humility and joy, He loved with his actions.
Jesus loved before he was called Jesus, loved even when he existed in the form of God, as the Word (Jo 1), He loved to the point of emptying himself, becoming fully human, He loved to the point of unlearning how to love, and being taught about love trough a woman named Mary and a man named Joseph who received him joyfully in a manger.
Jesus is real and alive.
He had no dignity or beauty
to make us take notice of him.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing that would draw us to him.
We despised him and rejected him;
he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him—
we ignored him as if he were nothing.
“But he endured the suffering that should have been ours,
the pain that we should have borne.
All the while we thought that his suffering
was punishment sent by God.
But because of our sins he was wounded,
beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
made whole by the blows he received.
All of us were like sheep that were lost,
each of us going his own way.
But the Lord made the punishment fall on him,
the punishment all of us deserved.
“He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
he never said a word.
Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
like a sheep about to be sheared,
he never said a word.
He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die,
and no one cared about his fate.
He was put to death for the sins of our people.
He was placed in a grave with those who are evil,
he was buried with the rich,
even though he had never committed a crime
or ever told a lie.”