Jesus was the most renowned figure that ever lived. Even a non-believer must admit that his impact on the history of mankind is like none other.
Our measurement of time is divided by the year of his birth, BC, Before Christ and AD, Anno Domini, in the year of our Lord. He divides time as he divided the people.
Jews of his era, as well as Jews of today, did not believe he was their Messiah. Jesus seemed a heretic. He contradicted the nobility and the ruling class for he knew the Bible better than they did. Yet his followers believed him to be Divine.
While Jews see no connection to Jesus even in the Bible, Christians see him on every page of both the Old and New Testament.
In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, we read of the offspring of Jesse, the one with wisdom, understanding, and power.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD— and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. – Isaiah 11:1-5
While in the very first few verses of the first book of the New Testament, we read of the genealogy from Jesse to Jesus.
Jesse became the father of King David. David became the father of Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam became the father of Abijah. Abijah became the father of Asa. Asa became the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat became the father of Joram. Joram became the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham. Jotham became the father of Ahaz. Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh. Manasseh became the father of Amon. Amon became the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the exile to Babylon. After the exile to Babylon, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel became the father of Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel became the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim. Eliakim became the father of Azor. Azor became the father of Sadoc. Sadoc became the father of Achim. Achim became the father of Eliud. Eliud became the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan. Matthan became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, from whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. – Matthew 6-16
And again in Isaiah, his excruciating death is described as a propitiation to God. He was the ultimate sacrifice for one who understood God through His Word.
Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5
and also in the prophetic book of Zechariah:
I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn. – Zechariah 12:10
Prophesied by Isaiah and Zechariah and fulfilled in his crucifixion.
Therefore the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day, so that the bodies wouldn’t remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special one), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Therefore the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they didn’t break his legs. However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe. For these things happened, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “A bone of him will not be broken.” Again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they pierced.” – John 19:31-37
Jesus was the Lamb of God, the one that was sacrificed and whose blood was smeared on the doorposts to protect God’s people.
He died willingly that all others may live. Is there any greater strength?