The Person of Jesus Christ
Christianity stands or falls upon the person of Jesus Christ. If He is a fraud, so is the entire faith. (This concept holds true for any religion. If any part of a faith system is found to be untrue or fraudulent, the whole system is called into question. Similarly, any religion based solely on claims and assertions with no evidence to support those claims is without legitimate foundation.)
Jesus taught a message which was without equal. He spoke of love, compassion and forgiveness. He told His hearers to be morally upright and to keep their word. He said to take care what we think and say. Everywhere people were astonished at what He taught (Matthew 7:28-29). No man could refute His powerful truths.
Jesus lived a life of holiness and compassion. He ministered to all sorts of people: rich and poor, healthy and sick, young and aged, outcasts and the “in” crowd, even the dead! He always told the truth, coveted no person’s property and observed the commandments of the Law. He was able to confidently challenge His detractors at one point whether they could find any sin in His life (John 8:46).
In His ministry, Jesus was empowered to perform all sorts of miracles. He healed every manner of disease, walked on water, fed thousands with five barley loaves and a couple of fish, and even raised the dead. Multitudes were witnesses (John 6:14).
Finally, He was arrested by fearful and jealous religious leaders of the Jews who brought pressure upon the Roman governor to have Him executed. Pilate agreed to their wishes, and Jesus was crucified. But the tomb would not be His resting place nor death His end, for God raised Him up from the dead. And there were plenty of eye witnesses to the resurrected Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
The evidence that Jesus is the Son of God is diverse and plentiful. Those who observed His life remarked that He had done all things well (Mark 7:37). To believe in Jesus does not require a leap into the dark but only a look into the empty tomb.