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Rev Richard MARTIN - Minister

The Proof Of The Pudding!


A British newspaper recently published new proof

of the historical existence of Jesus.

An ossuary has come to light and dated AD 63

It bears an inscription in Aramaic,

here lies James, son of Joseph and brother of Jesus.


Should it refer to the holy family, it constitutes very early evidence of Jesus. But the names were quite common where the ossuary was found.


So is this proof or not?  Who knows?

Like the outline of the ark seen on Mount Ararat,

and the face of Jesus imprinted on the Turin shroud,

the ossuary proves nothing about God’s Son and humanity’s Saviour.


Does it matter?  Not really.  For with all the possible evidences  to unquestionably prove  that a Jewish lad was miraculously born, that he was brought up a carpenter’s child, that for three years he preached, healed and performed miracles, that he fell foul of the authorities and died on a Roman gibbet to rise again and be seen alive

- to have all that would mean little or NOTHING!


It is faith that counts rather than proof.  The Apostle Paul says:

if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, &

believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,

you will be saved.

  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 109-10.


The believing heart, accepting by faith that Jesus died and rose again, finds salvation in Him, which no material evidence can provide.


Once I accept Jesus by faith

His presence with and within me is all the proof I need.

Rev Richard Martin                                                      Thursday, 24 October 2002

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