Psalm 22 was written centuries before Jesus was born. Some critics say that it can’t refer to Jesus. Here are 6 clear reasons why Psalm 22 can’t possibly describe anyone else but Jesus of Nazareth.

“Psalm 22 isn’t about Jesus at all! Mark was familiar with the Psalm and deliberately fabricated stories about the mocking of the crowds and the distribution of his clothes. Not only that, Christians translators came in and changed the wording of one of the passages to make it say that the sufferer’s feet and hands were pierced. Plus, the Psalm was written by David or some other Jewish sufferer about their own suffering. Christians are just projecting Jesus backward into the Psalm to fit their own narrative. And there’s nothing about the resurrection in Psalm 22. Isn’t that the punchline of the whole story?” That’s the skeptical interpretation of Psalm 22 in a nutshell. To … Read more

Fulfilled Prophecy or Fish Story? What did Jesus mean when he said the resurrection was the “sign of Jonah”?

One of the greatest pieces of evidence we have for the resurrection of Jesus is the creed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5. Virtually all scholars agree that Paul is quoting oral tradition that predates his conversion. Normally we tend to focus on the appearances as proof of the very early belief of the bodily resurrection of Christ and that’s definitely a good thing. That’s kind of what this site is all about. But notice that this creed provides a two-fold proof. It lays out eyewitness testimony, but it goes a step beyond that. It makes the bold claim Jesus death and resurrection fulfills prophecy. Let’s read it: “For what I received I passed on to you … Read more

Critics say that Jesus never predicted his resurrection. These statements were allegedly put in Jesus’ mouth to further their theology. There are two big reasons why that’s false.

Over and over in the Gospels, we read that Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection. Like Babe Ruth, he called his own shot. This prediction may have fallen on deaf ears, but nevertheless, his disciples should not have been surprised on the first Easter. Yet critical historical Jesus scholars tell us that he never really said those things. These were sayings put in Jesus’ mouth after belief in the resurrection. It’s a bit like the story of George Washington admitting to cutting down the cherry tree. It probably never happened even if you did hear it in elementary school. This fun little story was projected backward to make Washington look like he was a … Read more

Why Only Jesus Can Be the Suffering Servant Described in Isaiah 53

Here’s a spiritual conversation starter for you. Ask a friend to read Isaiah 53 with you. Then, ask them who they think the passage describes. 99 times out of 100, they’ll answer Jesus. That’s unless of course, they’ve never even heard of Jesus. That’s a good time to let them know these verses came several hundred years before Jesus was born. It might just blow their mind.  Here are those famous passages, just to refresh your memory: Behold, my servant shall act wisely;     he shall be high and lifted up,     and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you—     his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,     and his form beyond that of the children … Read more