The existence of Jesus of Nazareth as an historical character who lived and died by crucifixion at the hands of the Romans, is not disputed by Christians or historians. The question surrounding this controversial figure is who he was. Was he who he said he was; God become a man, or was he only a man.
At Easter, more than at any other time, this question should be most pressing on our consciousness because Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection; His miraculous return to life after being dead for three days.
It’s a question of faith, not faith that Jesus existed, but faith that he was not mad or a liar, but who he said he was.
Unpopular as it is increasingly becoming to say, I believe that Jesus was God become man, born for the express purpose of dying in our place; my place, to take the punishment for my wrongs.
Jesus of Nazareth was not ashamed to be tortured, humiliated and crucified for me. If this offends anyone, that is not my intention, but I will not be ashamed to honour Jesus at Easter time for this ultimate act of love and sacrifice.
I wish everyone who reads this a Happy Easter. I hope you know, or come to know, just how much God loves you.