GodQuest 22 - The King

Revelation 19:16
"On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords."

Few would dispute that Jesus had a more dramatic impact on our world than anyone who ever lived. Yet, there are many people who do not know the truth about Who He is. Some say a prophet, a good man, a myth, others say a religious leader or the Son of God. The important thing is however, who do you say Jesus is?

John 8:56-59
"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw and it was glad." "You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
"Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds."

Did You Know?

Jesus' Apostles endured great persecution for claiming that Jesus rose from the death?

Peter was crucified.
Andrew was whipped and crucified.
James was beheaded.
Philip was crucified.
Bartholomew was whipped and crucified.
Matthias was stoned and then beheaded.
Paul was beheaded.
Thomas was stabbed by a lance.
James (the brother of Jesus) was thrown from the temple and then clubbed to death.
Simon was crucified.
John was boiled in oil, but survived and died of natural causes.
Jude was crucified.
Matthew was killed with a sword.

All of these men were willing to be tortured and killed for their testimony of Jesus' resurrection.
These men were in a position of knowing the absolute truth of Jesus' resurrection as eye witnesses.

There are many people who died for their faith, but these men died for their certainty, they died because they could not deny the truth of those events.

Without exception, those who witnesses the resurrected Jesus were willing to pay with their lives in witness to that truth.

What is the likelihood that all would have been willing to die for a lie?

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