Continuing this new series, our next animation from Reasonable Faith looks at the identity of Jesus. Who did he really think he was?

Ever since the Christian movement began, followers of Jesus Christ have believed he was God in human form. But what about Jesus himself? Many people will argue that Jesus considered himself a prophet, a holy man, a healer … but not a deity. Are they right?

Well, with the rise of textual criticism and the modern study of history, historians now have access to the tools that allow them to answer this question. Jesus of Nazareth is no longer a mythical figure depicted in stained glass windows. We now know that he was a real person whose life can be investigated historically.

So when historians examine the New Testament, applying the same standard tests they would use with regard to any other ancient sources, what do they find? Who did Jesus really believe he was? This next short video will show you.