The New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably alone amongst ancient prose writings ……..and no secular historian would disagree with that conclusion. So there’s all kinds of evidence that Jesus existed.
But who was he? Teacher?…Prophet?…what do we know? Firstly we know that Jesus was fully human.
The Hollywood movie director Martin Scorsese made the film THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST out of a desire to show that Jesus was just that: a real human being. But for most people today that’s not the real issue. We may accept that Jesus was fully human. He had a human body: he could be tired, hungry, he could suffer pain. He had human emotions: love, joy, sadness. He had human experiences: birth, growing up, education, temptation, work, bereavement, suffering, rejection, death. But many would say : “Yes Jesus was a human being….but he was only a human being…..a great religious teacher, perhaps, but…
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