In 1976 the book the Passover Plot was published which claimed that Jesus staged all of the events of his life to make people believe he was the Messiah. In this sermon Mr. Smith shows that this would have been totally impossible to accomplish. Relating to his birth Jesus would have had to control; the ancestry of his parents, and the place and time of his birth. And similarly relating to his death many of the prophecies tell of many things that would be done by others including the Jewish and Roman leaders which were totally outside of his control.
Gary Smith was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but spent most of his youth in the Pasadena, California area. He graduated from Ambassador College in 1976 and he and his wife, Liz, moved to Peoria, Illinois. For the next six years he worked as a nursing home administrator in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
In 1982, he and Liz began to serve in the full-time ministry. Since that time, they have served in a number of congregations in the Midwest.
Gary and Liz now pastor in Houston, Texas near their two children and grandson.