Jesus said without apology or flinching, “Follow me”. Others who followed Jesus were bold enough to say “follow me as I follow Jesus.”
But where were they all following Him to?
History teaches that Jesus was born and raised in a common middle eastern home but did very uncommon things. He was born from a virgin, did incredible miracles, was subsequently crucified, speared and murdered as an innocent man. He was then buried in a grave guarded for protection by Roman authorities.
So who is this Jesus and how can He help me?
The Bible also declares that after 3 days sealed in a tomb, watched by strict Roman centurion soldiers, Jesus came back to life from the dead. Neither soldiers, nor boulders, nor death itself was able to stop Him. He appeared to 500 people in one setting. He walked, ate with and taught many others.
Non-christian historians have wrote about Jesus’ incredible impact in human history. Our modern calendar has been divided between BC and AD based on Jesus birth and resurrection. No matter all the evidence, today mankind keeps trying to bury the facts about this incredible Jesus to no success. He continues to show Himself alive in countless hearts and minds of so many worldwide.
What makes Jesus more important than any figure in human history is not just His miracles, fame, but Jesus was more than a man… He is God. Every prophet before and after him pointed men to God, but Jesus pointed men to Himself. He made audacious statements like: “I am the way the truth and the life” and “If you have seen my face you have seen the Father’s face.” Other genuine men of God were appalled when people tried to worship them as gods, but Jesus did not discourage men to fall down and worship Him, rather encouraged them saying “where are the others?” and “if they will not shout (to worship and exalt as I pass by), the rocks themselves will cry out.” The Bible says that even demons knew Jesus and trembled in fear.
Look at what some notable people have said about Jesus
Christus… suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus.
Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Historian / 55-117AD
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world.
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.
Benjamin Franklin, March 9th, 1790
I have decided to follow Jesus Christ with my whole heart. I find in Him the inner strength, the precepts and the lifestyle that can help me and all the people of Uganda to solve the problems we face individually and as a nation.
Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda / Speech to other African Leaders
Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christian.
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States / June 26, 1822
(My) great joy and glory that, in occupying an exalted position in the nation, I am enabled, to preach the practical moralities of The Bible to my fellow-countrymen and to hold up Christ as the hope and Savior of the world.
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
All of these facts prove that whoever Jesus was and is, He is worth investigating.