Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16 (NIV).
In Jesus’ day, people no different than us believed in Him. People who were ridiculed, threatened, persecuted, confused believed in Jesus. Sometimes we read these stories from the Bible and we seem to think that they were unusual people, ‘super-human’ people. Jesus was. All the rest of them? Not so much. The people who lived and heard and believed Jesus in His time were people just like us. They looked, they listened, they let go, and they believed. Why is it so tough for us?
You and I have the same information available to us that was available to popes all through history, to Billy Graham and Mother Theresa, to all the billions who have believed in Jesus since He returned to heaven. Something about Him opened a window into our hearts and we believed. Not because we’re special or even have special insight but because He is who He said He was.
And it’s beyond all reasonable doubt. The words of the Bible are plain and they’re available for anyone who wants to read them. As Paul says, Jesus is proven to be the Son of God beyond all question, not because Paul said so but because Jesus did so. The mystery of the trinity and of Immanuel incarnate isn’t much of a mystery at all. It was plainly proven over thousands of years. Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled only in Jesus Christ; if you don’t believe me, consult this site, then read the verses for yourself: http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/prophecy/353prophecies.html. Nobody else is possible; mathematically, it is 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 and there isn’t even a named number for that (see http://www.goodnewsdispatch.org/math.html).
When you put your faith in Jesus, you’re putting your faith in the only truly known or possible Savior in all of human history. He’s fully God and fully man at the same time. With only a thought He could compel you or I to follow Him. But He doesn’t do that.
Instead, the Christ, proven beyond all reason and doubt, calls to us in love and asks us to follow Him. He doesn’t demand it, command it, or force it. Instead, Jesus introduces Himself and says “Be loved and forgiven, then share it.” We don’t have to do that: we get to do that. Because of Him. The people of His day weren’t any different than us. They simply saw and believed.
For further reading: Romans 16:25, John 1:14, Psalm 9:11, Colossians 1:23, Mark 16:19, Timothy 4:1
Lord, thank You for proving Yourself. I believe in You.