Jesus made some outstanding (or as His detractors would have said, “outrageous”) claims for Himself during His ministry.
He claimed to be divine, to fulfill Old Testament prophecy, to be the only way to God, to have the authority to forgive sins, to be without sin, to raise the dead someday, and to judge the world.
Either these claims are true or they are false.
He was crucified for making such claims as these.
How could He be vindicated of the slanders His enemies made against Him—that He was a deceiver, a blasphemer, in league with Satan, a mere man, a glutton and a drunkard?
Who would vindicate the one who was so unjustly arrested, mocked, slapped, spat upon, reviled, and executed as a criminal?
Jesus, Paul said, was “vindicated in the Spirit” (1 Timothy 3:16). How?
The Spirit enabled the prophets to predict Jesus’ death and glorification (1 Peter 1:10-12).
The Spirit descended on Him at His baptism (John 1:31-34; Matthew 12:18).
The Spirit empowered Him to preach and work miracles (Luke 4:14-21; Matthew 12:28). These miracles proved His claims (Luke 5:24; John 3:1-2; 5:36; 10:25, 38).
The Spirit powerfully endowed the apostles on the Day of Pentecost, as Jesus had predicted—thus proving the message Peter proclaimed, that Jesus is indeed “both Lord and Christ” (Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4, 33, 36).
Jesus now sits enthroned beside the Father—supremely victorious, fully vindicated.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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