What Proof Do You Have That Jesus Is the Messiah? | Jews For Jesus


For one who has already made up his or her mind that Jesus is not the Messiah, no amount of evidence will be convincing. But for those who are honest in asking, the evidence speaks for itself.

The idea of a Messiah comes from the Hebrew Bible.

Imagine looking up a friend by first locating his country. That would not be enough information, so you would need to ascertain his city, street, and specific street number. It would also help if you had a phone number and when he would be home.

Similarly, the Bible tells us the “ID” of the Messiah. His ethnic background, place of birth, the timeframe of his arrival and other identifying characteristics are given. These “credentials” enable us to identify the Messiah and to recognize imposters.

What are some of the credentials of the Messiah?

Only a few can be listed below; there are many others. Early Rabbis recognized all of these passages as referring to the Messiah.

  • Messiah was to be born at Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 (Micah 5:1 in Hebrew Bible)
  • Messiah would be from the tribe of Judah: Genesis 49:10
  • Messiah would present himself by riding on an ass: Zechariah 9:9
  • Messiah would be tortured to death: Psalm 22:1-31
  • Messiah would arrive before the destruction of the Second Temple: Daniel 9:24-27
  • Messiah’s life would match a particular description, including suffering, silence at his arrest and trial, death and burial in a rich man’s tomb, and resurrection: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

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    • I suppose that would depend on what you would accept as evidence. Based on previous correspondence between you and I, I would think your list of “acceptable and recognized” evidence would be relatively slim. Perhaps you would like to save us both some time and define what you consider as viable evidence from and OT prophecy perspective?


      • You responded to the claims of the post, give me an example of what verifiable evidence you would accept please. Thanks.


      • I would ask for contemporary but there is none, so let’s go independent, non-Christian corroboration. This would be a good start.


      • I am assuming that you accept the source of the prophetic claim from the OT. As claimed in the post, there are numerous prophetic claims about the coming Messiah in the OT and it is the summation of their multiple fulfillments in Jesus that gives credibility to their authenticity. As an example, it is the scholarly consensus that Tacitus’ reference to the execution of Jesus by Pontius Pilate is both authentic, and of historical value as an independent Roman source. Paul Eddy and Gregory Boyd state that it is “firmly established” that Tacitus provides a non-Christian confirmation of the crucifixion of Jesus.


      • Correct. Although Tacitus wrote Chrestus, not Jesus but we can give him that. There are other views concerning this small passage in Annals and Tacitus is silent about any further references to Christians etc in Histories.
        Bit odd though that no other writer of the period mentions the fire.
        Why would I accept anything from the Old Testament as evidence?
        You are not going to cite Isaiah 7:14 are you? I sincerely hope not.
        No Jew would grant you any credence for your claim/s re: a coming messiah.

        How does the Tacitus passage lend credibility to the authenticity of your claims other than to make mention of a Chrestus crucified for sedition under Pilate?
        Nice copy and paste directly from Wiki, by the way. I’ll take it that you haven’t read Tacitus then?


      • I have previously read selected portions of Tacitus. Your inquiries serve one purpose, to validate your rejection of Christianity. Duly noted. I do not participate in useless debates. I’ve responded to your question. Faith is a strange thing. If you wish to find documentation that denies what the Scriptures speak of you can surely find it. I’ve been there and have the T-shirt. Conversely I have experienced the presence and the guidance of the Lord for the better part of my life. That means nothing to you because you have not been in His presence, but one day you will. In the interim, have yourself a great day and enjoy your chosen pursuits. I wish you well.


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