Why Do I Believe in Jesus? (Y1.T2.D35)
Updated: Apr 2
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I have a friend who angrily opposes Christianity. While he's never shared his backstory, over the years, I've gleaned enough information to know someone who claimed to be a Christian either hurt him or someone close to him.
He refuses to even consider the possibility of God's existence. This is sad because he's a decent human being with a desire to live the best life he can. And it's scary because he has fantastical ideas of partying in hell, saying, "I'd never want to live in heaven, hell sounds more interesting."
The other day he asked if I ever doubted what I believed.
"No," I responded, "I know God is real because of my personal experience."
"But what if when you die, you discover everything you believed was a lie?"
"I would still choose to follow Christ."
"Why when your faith denies you so much?"
"But it doesn't. The only thing I'm denied in this life is the misery of self-indulgence. I'm not saying my life is problem-free—it's not. What I am saying is my relationship with Christ offers me an unexplainable peace when trouble comes. I've lived in both worlds, my friend, and even if heaven doesn't exist, I'd still choose the full life promised by the Savior of the world."
My belief in Jesus is as real as my belief in gravity—based on personal experience.
I pray I live a life that represents the reality of God to my friends and family, I would love to spend eternity with them. The decision is ultimately in their hands, not mine.
I Serve a Humble King
28 Having said these things, he [Jesus] went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. (Luke 19:28)
55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand. Many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then they sought for Jesus and spoke with one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that he isn’t coming to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had commanded that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him. (John 11:55–57)
14a Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. (John 12:14a)
4a All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, (Matthew 21:4a)
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim,
and the horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow will be cut off;
and he will speak peace to the nations:
and his dominion will be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also,
because of the blood of your covenant,
I have set free your prisoners from the pit in which is no water.
12 Turn to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope!
Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.
13 For indeed I bend Judah as a bow for me.
I have filled the bow with Ephraim;
and I will stir up your sons, Zion,
against your sons, Greece,
and will make you like the sword of a mighty man. (Zechariah 9:10–13)
16 His disciples didn’t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. 17 The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead was testifying about it. 18 For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign. 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him.” (John 12:16–19)
Thank You for doing exceedingly and abundantly more than I could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). You truly are a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). I pray for my friends and family members who refuse to embrace Your love. Continue to give me the patience as well as the best words to describe the mystery of the Good News and help me state it with boldness (Ephesians 6:19).
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