November 7, 2019
Scripture Passage: Acts 10:34
Jesus Christ is a historical fact. When combing through history, secular historians have proven His existence over and over again.
There is no disproving that there walked upon this earth a man known as Jesus Christ. But if He is only a man, then by account of what He said throughout His ministry on earth—that He is the Son of God—He is a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord…Deceiver, deceived, or Deity.
How are we to know that He is who He says He is? There are at least three ways.
There is the personal witness of the saints. Peter says in Acts 10:39, “And we are witnesses of all these things which He did.” The apostles each bore their own testimonies about Jesus’s virtuous life, vicarious death and victorious resurrection.
There is a prophetic witness of the Scriptures. The Old Testament was written by a number of different authors, over a period of about 1,500 years. Yet each page echoes the life of Christ before He ever roamed the earth, and serves as a symbol of His character and redemptive love before we ever knew His name.
There is a powerful witness of the Spirit. In the example seen in Scripture, when Peter preaches in Acts 10:44, God steps in to speak for Himself: “And while Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on them, on all them who heard the word. And they of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.”
The Spirit proves the legitimacy of Christ’s lordship, and affirms the testimonies of the Scriptures and the Saints. Adrian Rogers says: “The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and the word of the redeemed and He says, ‘Amen. It’s truth.’”
Who do you say Jesus is? Liar, lunatic or Lord? Do you know Him to be what He says He is? Do you live your life like you know He is Lord? Worship Him today. If you feel you are dwindling from this truth, saturate yourself in the testimonies of the saints and the Scriptures, and pray for the Spirit to affirm them in your life.