The Annual Easter Question: Was Jesus For Real?

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The Annual Easter Question: Was Jesus For Real?

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

Who_Is_Jesus_wide_t_nvThe question as Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday remains the most important question on planet Earth. Each person decides for himself: Who was Jesus? Who was this guy, who now holds the highest name recognition in the known world?

  • One-third of the planet’s population, 2.5 billion people, call themselves Christians—whether they practice it or not.
  • Islam, accounting for about 1.5 billion people, pays tribute to this man as the second greatest prophet in history, behind Mohammed.
  • The Encyclopedia Britannica gives 20,000 words to this person, Jesus, and does not entertain the idea that he never truly existed. This is, by the way, more words than Aristotle, Alexander, Cicero, Julius Caesar, or Napolean Bonaparte.

Few people on planet earth would say that Jesus is a work of fiction, a made-up figure.

On this Holy Week, as we think on the meaning of Easter, take a moment and read the persuasive words of Dr. James Allen Francis concerning the influence Jesus Christ has had on human history.

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. . .

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth—His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

Jesus. Who is he?

My answer: the Son of God, the King of Kings, the soon-coming, sole conqueror of the grave. We celebrate Easter as we wait for his return.