If you really want proof for Jesus, there is a way. Jesus refused to give miraculous, tangible proof of His identity to the religious experts (See: Proof). But He led His disciples to a better proof, a proof you can check out for yourself. It began like this:
” When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”” (Matthew 16:13-14)
Going to the region of Caesarea Philippi was no accident. It was 25 miles out of their way, north of Israel – a hotbed of paganism and humanism. Formerly known as Paneas, for Pan, the god of fertility, the city was renamed for Caesar and Philip, Roman leaders who wanted to be worshiped as gods, themselves. This place epitomized what Jesus had criticized in human attitudes (See the explanation of “a wicked and adulterous generation” in: Proof). Jesus took them to that place and asked them, “Who do PEOPLE say the Son of Man (Jesus) is?” What do people say? What to “they say?” It would be like taking us to the most humanistic, atheistic, politically correct university campus and asking us to take a survey about “Who is Jesus?” And the disciples responded with a variety of superstitious things the people were saying, as if to say, “Who knows?”
But then He asked:
““But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.“ (Matthew 16:15-17)
There is a lot of noise out there, a lot of opinions and a lot of shouting. Jesus asked His disciples to shut all that off and consider what God the Father was revealing to them, personally, from inside their own hearts. In effect, He said, “You will never know Who I Am by listening to what “they say.” You will never find proof by listening to others – even the others who are telling you the truth! Proof will come to you personally, from God. He will reveal to you Who I Am. You will know. And you will be blessed.”
Do you want to know Who Jesus really is? Do you want proof that will really convince you once and for all? Stop listening to what “they say.” There is way too much confusion and ignorance dressed up as wisdom in this world. Instead, ask God to show you Who Jesus is. Ask Him with all sincerity, expecting to receive an answer. Keep asking, watching and listening. He will show you and you will have a better proof.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.“ (Matthew 7:7-8)