Even when the evidence is right in front of someone, Jesus will be refused.
Even outside of church, the Christian tenets and allegories Jesus presents, as written in the Bible, resonate in both common and higher learning today. While critics contend that Jesus’ life lacks veracity, historical evidence points to His existence, at the very least, and it’s hard to detach His teachings from the historical persona, and subsequently, very difficult to erase the cultural significance He represents.
But if you begin to look at every word and deed of His life, He becomes very hard to deal with. He demands full-on acceptance, and even proclaims that He is the only, final way to God. And this bothers people.
This isn’t new; this started at the onset of His resurrection. Multiple parties looked to dump Jesus, even when the evidence of His life and deity is compelling.
1) Unwilling to admit it could be true (27:62-65). The Pharisees do what they can to eliminate any possibility that Jesus could rise from the dead, or even appear to have done so. Why would they do this? We can only conclude that they were afraid He would actually do it. I find it interesting that the Pharisees were concerned about the very statement they used to accuse Jesus coming to fruition.
2) Unwilling to hear a testimony. In a court of law, the most convincing evidence is often the eyewitness account. Obviously, some people can be delusional or speak from a shaky foundation, but it’s hard to deny something you’ve seen for yourself. I think it’s interesting that the women run back to report to the disciples, but the very men who had spent solid years with Jesus, hearing everything He said, refuse to hear it.
3) Unwilling to own up when they’re wrong (28:11-15). After Jesus shows up again, much to the surprise of the guards and the great chagrin of the chief priests, they come together and concoct a story to save their own butts and their reputations, respectively. It’s a classic red herring move — make another issue bigger than the issue at hand, and then get the majority to start talking about it. It’s like pointing to evolution as an argument/answer when bringing up the question of our existence and awareness. Hey, and Christians do this too.
4) Unwilling to believe it when they see it (28:16-17). Jesus shows up to the disciples soon after His resurrection, and what follows might be one of the more heartbreaking pieces of Scripture:
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
Most of the people reading this are going to be Christians. If that’s the case, think about people that you talk to — are they asking questions in earnest, or are they convinced that Jesus is irrelevant and, frankly, not God? You can throw every McDowell and Strobel book at them, but it will not change their mind.
How do you “convince” someone that Jesus is who He says He is? Jesus made this clear as well. Read the following very carefully:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I don’t care how much you despise that person, and how many mean things they’ve said and done. Are you fulfilling this command? If you are, then you’re also giving the best possible evidence of Jesus’ existence and deity.
If you are NOT a Christian, please first recognize that a lot of Christians are not following the command above, which makes it hard to believe the content of the Bible is really true. And I’m sorry it’s like that. If it’s really about the evidence, it’s out there. If it’s not, then you probably didn’t care to read this anyway.