Episode 71 Show Notes
Is There Any Historical Evidence That Jesus Actually Existed?
From the Show
What would you say to someone who feels like life is meaningless, especially when there is justification in Ecclesiastes for feeling this way?
In Luke 24, one of the passages that comes to mind here, is the risen Christ walking along the road with the two disciples and they were kept from recognizing him and he asked them why they were so depressed, and they said, “Are you the only one who doesn't know what happened? Jesus of Nazareth, courted by miracles and great wisdom, he was just crucified and it's been three days and he's still not around. We thought he, maybe, was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” You and I might say, well, I thought he was the one who was going to x, I thought he was the one who was going to give me a better family, I thought he was the one who was going to fix my life, I thought he was the one to get me off drugs, I thought he was the one to…etc. And Jesus said, “‘Did you not know that the Messiah had to be crucified and then would be raised? That's what the prophets foretold.’ And then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he showed himself in all the scriptures. And they said to each other, ‘Didn't our hearts burn within us as he opened the scriptures?’”
So, we can be walking along that lonely road thinking, “Well, God hasn't solved my problems. Where is he now, where is where is Jesus for me?” And at the end of the day, really, the question is, you know, we not only need better answers, we need better questions. The Bible not only gives us the answers, it gives us the questions. We don't even know what to worship, and what worship is. That's one of the great things about, I think, the book of Ecclesiastes. It really frames up why we need a new set of eyeglasses to look at the world differently, not just from under the sun, but from God's perspective. — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. What would you say to someone who feels like life is meaningless especially when there is justification in Ecclesiastes for feeling this way?
2. Should I teach my children to pray even if they might not yet be believers?
3. Can those with anxiety have assurance of salvation?
4. Is there any historical evidence if Jesus actually existed or not?
5. Does God help the righteous succeed in life?
6. Does God hate certain sins more than others?
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