Your verdict

Years ago, my job covering the cops and the courts for a daily newspaper kept me in courtrooms nearly every afternoon. Jury trials were my favorite to cover because it was never quite possible to predict what might happen.

Juries are composed of different types of people. There are those who carry guns and those who don’t. There are those who think everyone is innocent and those who think everyone charged with a crime is guilty. There are those who will vote for the death penalty and those who wouldn’t vote to give that sentence no matter what.

The name of Jesus was known in the early first century in Palestine, and all kinds of people had an opinion about him just as there are those today who have an opinion about every well-known person. King Herod thought he was John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-15). Some of the disciples said people believed he was Elijah or one of the prophets (Matthew 16:14). A blind man said several things in a matter of a few minutes. He told people Jesus put clay on his eyes and he washed and was able to see. Later, he called Jesus a prophet. Finally, the blind man said he believed Jesus is the Christ (John 9:38).

What do you think? Do you know? If you don’t, please do this: get a Bible and read Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53. Then turn to Matthew 27, Mark 15 and Luke 23. Look for similarities. You will find conclusive proof those Old Testament books written hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, and those accounts of the crucifixion show that Jesus is the son of God.

All that’s left is for you to render your verdict. What say you?

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