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Did Jesus Give Any Proof?

Have you ever thought about how Jesus could have merely an-

nounced to the world that He was the Messiah

without giving

any proof

? He could have expected everyone simply to believe His

claims

that He was from Heaven and never given anyone proof

for His Godhood. Jesus, however, understood the importance and

necessity of evidence.

During His earthly ministry, He repeatedly gave ample proof of His

deity. He noted how John the Baptizer bore witness on His behalf.

He said, “[T]he Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me.” He

spoke of how “the Scriptures…testify of Me.” He also noted how

His miraculous works bore witness to His Godhood (John 5:33-39).

Jesus understood that His own verbal testimony alone would not

convince anyone in a court of law (John 5:31). So He told the unbe-

lieving Jews, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe

Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works,

that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in

Him” (John 10:37-38). Sadly, His foolish, stubborn ene-

mies repeatedly rejected the irrefutable evidence that

Jesus presented on His own behalf.

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