Why Did Jesus Need to Die?
The paradox found in the Gospels gets as quizzical as it possibly can in
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Even if you eliminated the Gospel of John and just read the Synoptic Gospels, this would still be the conclusion you would come to. And it is the conclusion that Jesus would have led us to if we had a Bible study and asked him this question. An astute Bible reader needs to ask, “Why is there no other first-century Jew who has millions of followers today? Why isn’t there a John the Baptist movement? Why, of all first-century figures, including the Roman emperors, is Jesus still worshiped today, while the others have crumbled into the dust of history?” It’s because this Jesus—the historical Jesus—is also the living Lord. He’s still around, while the others are long gone.
— Adapted from interview with Dr. Ben Witherington III
This devotion is from the NIV Case for Christ Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.