For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 1 Corinthians 15:3 - 5
"Let Us make man in Our image" (Elohim) (Genesis 1:26)
Taking Josh McDowell's scheme, Christ was either ;
But all available evidence points to the fact that Christ was the Messiah: God himself.
"If you deny the proper deity of the Son and Holy Spirit, you invalidate the redemption of the one and the gracious operations of the other, and by this means destroy the foundation of your own safety and comfort".
Spoken of as:
He has no form or comeliness; (no royalty or kingly pomp) And when we see Him, There is no beauty (or majesty) that we should desire (or look at) Him - nothing in his appearance that we should want be with him. Isaiah 53:2
Great multitudes followed him Matt 5:23-25
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? (Matt 12:34)
"And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd"
Lazarus (John 11)
In the Garden
He could quickly establish intimacy with people he met:
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38See! Your house is left to you desolate; Matt 23:35
C.S Lewis writes: "He was not at all like the psychologist's picture of the integrated, balanced, adjusted, happily married employed popular citizen."
Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
He had no pretentiousness. He was who he was, and did not require props - clothes, an address, the right car, the right education, and the right friends to be who he was. We are reminded in Matthew 9:10 of this - the Son of Man sitting down, eating and conversing with sinners.
Jesus view is clearly expressed in:
Then He said to them in His teaching, .Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, 39 the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation. (Mark 12:38)
He, who had come to change the world, did not advertise it.
Jesus sternly warned the blind man saying "see that no one knows it" after he had healed them (Matt 9:29).
He warned the entire population: A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. (Matt 16:4 )
Yet he is always referred to as Master, Rabbi or Teacher.
He used his miracles as proof as to whom he was, or more exactly, who his father was::
37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; John 10:37
but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the work s, that you may know and believe that the Father is in M e, and I in Him." John 10:38
He was despised and we did no appreciate His worth or have any esteem for him, in fact we had absolutely no time for him (Isaiah 53:3).
He had little in the way of a relationship with "society"
Jesus got a chill response from the respectable types:
Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. (John 1:31)
Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God Ephesians 5:2
You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" (Matt 20:22)
His final week - takes up 30% of the column space in the Gospels.
He had a triumphal entry to Jerusalem (found in all four gospels) was anything but triumphant (in one sense, yet for believers it was).
One has said: A forlorn figure, weeping, riding on a donkey draped with a borrowed coat - no fine steed for our King.
The last supper where Jesus washes the feet of his disciples - a Servant to the end. (John 13, Matt 26:26)
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matt 27:46)
"It is finished" (John 19:30)
"He is not here, but is risen" Luke 24:6
Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15)
Sin results in death, that is, everlasting life of the soul in hell.
If there was no Christ or resurrection:
16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 1 Corinthians 15:16-18
12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NKJV)
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2
He intercedes on the sinner's behalf
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
The resurrection is the pinnacle of the actions of God towards His Son. Without resurrection we would have no hope - it is like a seed falling into the ground - dying but never springing forth. As Paul puts it, we would be "men most miserable".
He was seen by.
He was observed in heaven by Stephen, standing on the right hand of God (Acts 7) and by Paul (out of due season) 1 Cor 15:8.
And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Hebrews 9:22 (NKJV)
If God became flesh, there are some very special characteristics about Him. We are not left in the dark concerning his nature and character: in the Old Testament there are at least two, if not three characters what are types of Christ: these are shadows of what and who the Messiah actually was, but nevertheless gives us evidence of the character of the person of Jesus.
In the beginning God created and it - His creation - was very (that is exceedingly or "vehemence") good (Genesis 1:31).
But man's desire to be like God himself (acceding to Satan's barb "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" ) (Genesis 3:5), he acquiesces to the fruit as being:
And takes the forbidden fruit AND HENCE HE SINS. Following sin came death.
Sin entered the world by one man: Romans 5:12: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned
Therefore all humans have a problem - sin is the author of death, and hence all of humanity was destined to die (the soul being lost to outer darkness). There was nothing good in anyone, due to the sin of Adam. The hardest thing for any person to accept is that there is nothing whatsoever good in him or her - there is not one ounce of goodness. That is, if we compare ourselves with God, His glory would so overwhelm us that we would die looking at Him.
The Psalmist put it eloquently: (Psalm 14:3 KJV))
They are all gone aside,
they are all together become filthy [corrupt] :
there is none that doeth good,
No, not one.
The Old Testament clearly shows the principle of the acceptable method to deal with sin. Sin cannot be glossed over. Once you have sinned you have been stained for ever; "stained by corrupt flesh", impossible to reverse, as Jude put it. Therefore, sin must be dealt with, both intentional sin and un-intentional sin. Sin is dealt with by the shedding of blood.