Knowing about Jesus is good, but KNOWING Jesus is a whole different subject!
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:9-11
As we finish with science and Jesus, let’s see what J. Warner Wallace has to say about the many scientists who trust Jesus. In, “Person of Interest,” pages 209-211.
The central claims of Christianity related to Jesus can be reconstructed from the writings of these eminent scientists, including the following details,
- The EARLY LIFE of Jesus
- The TITLES of Jesus
- The TEACHING of Jesus
- The NATURE of Jesus
- The MIRACLES of Jesus
- The MINISTRY of Jesus
- The MISSION of Jesus
- The DISCIPLES of Jesus
- The PREACHING of Jesus
- The CRUCIFIXION of Jesus
- The RESURRECTION of Jesus
- The ASCENSION of Jesus
That’s what you would know about Jesus if every New Testament manuscript were destroyed and all you had were the writings of the most accomplished scientists in history. In every significant claim related to Jesus, the science fathers agree with the church fathers.
That’s right, men and women who founded the disciplines of physics and chemistry, biology and cosmology, evolutionary genetics and quantum mechanics also believed that Jesus performed miracles and rose from the grave. They were certain that the supernatural author of the laws they studied had the power to intervene in the natural world and that he had done so in the person of interest known as Jesus of Nazareth. As George Ellis, an astrophysicist who collaborated on the Hawking-Penrose singularity theorems, once wrote, “God’s nature is revealed most perfectly in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, who was sent by God to reveal the divine nature, summarized in ‘God is Love.'”
Knowing about Jesus is good, but there’s more–so much more! We have the opportunity to KNOW Jesus PERSONALLY! He has promised to give His Spirit to anyone who has faith: Believing that Jesus is who He says He is–the Son of God and the Jewish Messiah–and that He did what He said He did on the cross and then rose from the dead. All a person has to do is trust Jesus to know what is best for his life and for the world. Knowing Him personally is the best argument for Jesus being Lord that there is.
The book, “Person of Interest,” is one of the most interesting and informative books I’ve read in quite a while. We only touched on several aspects of J. Warner Wallace’s research. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself. It’s great information!
Abba, thank You for J. Warner Wallace and the patient way You wooed him to You. May You be honored and glorified through his life and his work. Amen.