Uncertain opinions or faith?

Gaudenzio Ferrari‘s Stories of the Life and Passion of Christ, fresco, 1513, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Varallo Sesia, Italy. Depicting the life of Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth … went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Acts 10:38.

“At that time a wise man appeared whose name was Jesus. His conduct was entirely irreproachable, and he was known for his kindness. Many of the Jews and people of other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified, but those who had been his disciples did not abandon his teaching. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion; therefore he was alive. He was thus possibly the Messiah about whom the prophets predicted miraculous works.”

This account by Flavius Josephus, an influential Jewish writer of the first century, shows what Jesus’ contemporaries might have heard reported of Him. They knew of His exemplary life and surprising death, but they had no assurance when it was a question of knowing for certain whether He was the One sent by God.

Faith alone enables us to go beyond hypotheses, wavering and doubt by accepting confidently what the Word of God declares. Jesus Himself stated: “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). And what does the Word of God say about Jesus? The gospels report His life as being radiant with love, compassion, humility and purity. That gives all the more power to His own words: “The Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins”, and also “My Father and I are one” (Mark 2:10; John 10:30). Therefore Jesus is also the Son of God.

Image: By Gaudenzio Ferrari – This file has been extracted from another file, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29809334