Much of Jesus’ life on Earth was private, so that is thirty years of unknown history. However, for the three years that He taught, He left an eternal impact. His importance is seen through statistics, His resurrection, His miracles, His teachings, and the effects that last to today.
The Old Testament contains 333 specific prophecies about the Messiah, and Jesus fulfilled them all! The probability of a person to get injured by lightning on any given day is about 1 in 2,500,000. For only 8 of the 333 prophecies to have come true is a 1 in 1017 chance, or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Keep in mind that this is only eight of them. Jesus fulfilled all of them!
He is different from other religious leaders in so many ways. Only He is still alive, and no other great religious leaders are. He backed up His words, teachings, and, most importantly, His authority by performing miracles. There are 35 recorded miracles in the New Testament, plus John 21:25 mentions that Jesus performed many many more. These miracles included healings, deliverances, and overcoming the powers of nature.
His teaching style was radically different from any others, in that he spoke simply, yet with holy authority. He told parables, prophecies, and poems in language that average people can understand. He had a way of being able to speak and/or debate with the religious leaders while connecting to common people.
The most amazing thing about this man came after His life. It is in the impact He has had on the world. Within only 300 years, Christianity grew from a handful of people into the religion of the Roman Empire. Though persecuted, the early church spread the message of Jesus like a wildfire, and worked with the needy and oppressed.
This blog was written by Vladimir Savchuk.
Pastor Vlad is the lead pastor of Hungry Generation Church, an author of “Break Free” and “Single, Ready to Mingle” and a founder of free online school “Vlad’s School.” To download free e-books, sermon series, small group study guides go to vladimirsavchuk.com
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