The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. You must have heard people talk about being “saved”. Saved from what? Saved from our sins. Saved from the Law of Moses, which placed a heavier burden on us than we can bear. Saved from the curse which condemns all mankind to an eternity of separation from God.
We all need salvation, no matter how good we think we are. We are born with sin within us. Made in God’s image, but tainted by the original sin of Adam and Eve, we are cursed to walk the earth in separation from God, toiling the earth, suffering sin’s consequences and raging at the skies.
It’s a cliche, oft spoken, that we each have a God-shaped hole inside of us. I find this truth to be self-evident. We as humans need to worship something. We make carvings of wood and stone and bow down to them; we exalt singers and athletes and pour out our adoration upon them; we acknowledge “the universe” or “mother nature” or all manner of spirits; we continually seek out objects of worship because we are made to worship. Sadly, so many of us miss out on the one who were were originally made to worship.
Who Were We Made to Worship?
The Bible tells the story of how the apostles went to a Greek town and found a plaque dedicated to worshiping “the unknown god”. They proceeded to make known to the people who this unknown God is.
So who is this one we were originally made to worship? How do we find Him in the midst of all the noise of this world? We can find Him because he first found us. He revealed Himself to mankind in many ways over thousands of years, and finally through His own Son, Jesus Christ. How do we know? We know because Jesus said so. His words are recorded in numerous historical accounts, the most important of which are collected in what we now call the “Gospels” in the first part of the New Testament. How can we trust what Jesus said? Because He proved himself. Not only did he heal the sick, raise the dead and open the eyes of the blind while on earth, but he predicted his own death and his resurrection! (See John 2:18-22, Matt 12:39-40, Matt 16:21, John 10:17,18).
The Resurrection of Jesus is the Ultimate Proof
God had sent many great prophets before Jesus. Even Jesus himself had warned his contemporaries that if they would not believe Moses and the prophets, then they would not believe even if someone came back from the dead. This sadly has also been proved true. Jesus was very publicly executed. He was buried in a tomb, a huge stone rolled in front of it, and guards placed at that tomb to deter grave robbers. Despite all this, the body vanished on the third day. The third day. Just like Jesus had foretold. Afterwards, hundreds of people testified to having seen him alive. They held fast to their testimony, despite persecution, threats, and ultimately, martyrom. All but one of Jesus’ closest companions were killed because of their testimony – their assertion that Jesus had risen and they had seen him. It has been said that scarecly would someone die for something they know to be a lie. Pretty much all of them gave their lives spreading the good news. Why? Because they knew it was true. They had seen Him, known Him, and bore faithful witness to His resurrection.
I believe the words of the Apostles. I believe their record of the words of Jesus. I will therefore seek to follow His, and their words faithfully. Having believed, I have felt the impact of God’s Spirit on my heart, on my life, such that I could not walk away even if I tried. I am a believer for life.
What will you do with Jesus?
The evidence is there, laid out for generations and generations, and many have believed through the years. What will you do with all this? What will you do with Jesus? God loves you. He sent His Son to die for you, so that all who believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins which had separated us from God. All you have to do is believe in your heart, and then confess with your mouth that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.
What will you do with Jesus?