A sample of Jesus’ claims about Himself:
-“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through union with me” (John 14:6, TPT)
-I am the Saviour – “God gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NLT)
-I am the Son of God – “Then they all said, ‘Are you the Son of God?’ So He said to them, ‘You rightly say that I am.” (Luke 22:70, NKJV)
If His claims about Himself were false, He was either lying or deluded. Not worth following. However, if His claims about Himself were true,
and He actually is Lord and God, then we each have a choice to make: accept and follow Him, or reject Him.
Historical Facts about Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
– the historical man Jesus died by crucifixion
– very soon afterwards, over 500 of His followers experienced actual appearances of the risen Jesus
– their lives were transformed as a result, even to the point of being willing to die specifically for their faith in the resurrection message
– these things were taught very early, soon after the crucifixion
– James, Jesus’ unbelieving brother, became a Christian due to his own experience with the resurrected Christ
– the Christian persecutor Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) also became a believer after a similar experience
From Gary Habermas’ book, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus
To learn more about Jesus, the best place to turn is the Bible. The Gospel of John is a great place to start, because it’s all about Jesus’ life and His claims about Himself.
The other three Gospels are great too – Matthew, Mark, Luke – all stories about Jesus.
It would be helpful to talk to someone who has a vibrant relationship with Jesus – ask them what He means to them or what a difference He has made in their lives.