The Apologetics of Jesus
Patrick Zukeran — Jesus was one of the greatest leaders, teachers, and
remarkable individuals that ever lived, but few realize that Jesus was also the
greatest apologist. Apologetics is the rational defense of Christianity. Christian
apologists use reason and evidence to present a convincing case for
Christianity, challenge unbelief, expose errors, and defend the message of the
gospel. Apologetics was an essential part of Jesus’ ministry. If it was
important in His ministry, it certainly should be in all ministries looking to
impact the unbelieving world for Christ.
The Bible commands us in 1 Peter 3:15, “But set apart Christ
as Lord in your hearts. Always be prepared to give an answer [apologia]
to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have.” We are
commanded to provide a well-reasoned answer for our faith in Christ to an
unbelieving world. Jesus commanded us to “love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Mt. 22:37). Apologetics
involves knowing why you believe and complies with Christ’s command of loving
God with your mind.
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|MEET THE AUTHOR
"While I was in a doctoral class with Dr. Norman Geisler, he stated one day in class, 'You may be surprised to discover that the greatest apologist is Jesus Himself. Someone needs to write a book on the apologetics of Jesus. In 2000 years of Christian history, no one has written on this subject.' The idea of studying the apologetic methods of Jesus and knowing that no one had written on the subject really stirred my interest."
Pat is our own "Apolo-Jedi," a doctorate in apologetics with a black belt in karate. He has a B.A. in Religion from Point Loma Nazarene University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is an author, radio talk show host, and a national and international speaker on apologetics, cults, world religions, Bible, theology, and current issues.
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