Just a small crazy thought for today.
Jesus is a historical figure – most historians agree (Christian or not) that there can be no doubt that Jesus lived when He did, and did the things He did, based not only on the Bible but other external testimony. Jesus is real. The fact that Jesus lived and died is as real as you and I.
The Old Testament (or Hebrew Scriptures), predicted many of the things about Jesus – His birth, his place of birth and where He grew up, many of the things that happened during His ministry – as well as His death.
So – Jesus life then confirms the accuracy of the prophecy in the Old Testament (by fulfilling that prophecy), and leads us to look forward to those parts which have not been yet fulfilled! History confirms Jesus existed, the Bible confirms who Jesus is, and Jesus in turn, by fulfilling the prophecy in the Bible, confirms the validity of it as the Word of God.
2 Peter 1:19–21 (HCSB)
So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
So next time you doubt – and you will (all of us do!), remember this – Jesus is real – and the Bible is true. Be encouraged! We all suffer from fear and doubt, we all fail, we all sin, we all fall short. But Jesus is there, just as it was prophesied He would be, to redeem us and set us free.
Now that is an encouraging thought for the day.