There is an account in The Gospel of John concerning the disciple named
Thomas. Other disciples had seen the risen Lord, but Thomas
said,"Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and
place my fingers in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in
the wound in his side, I will not believe." It was eight
days later when Jesus approached Thomas. "Put your fingers
here, and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it in my
side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas then fell
to his knees exclaiming, "my Lord and my God". Jesus
said to Thomas and the disciples "Because you have seen, you
have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet
like Thomas, many people are; unwilling to put their trust in God
without a specific sign from God that He is real and trustworthy
and able and willing and loving enough to care for and provide
for and protect each one of us.
people are willing to accept that there is a God, who God is,
they do not know. They haven't as yet experienced the love and
power of God in their lives; Mainly because they haven't sought
God or they have been looking in the wrong places or desire a god
of their own creation.
said,"If you have seen me, you have seen the Father, for I
and the Father are one. I am in the Father and the Father is in
is no disputing that Jesus of Nazereth was a factual person, who
for three years at the age of 30 or so, travelled around Israel
with a group of followers. there are more accounts of this person
handed down than of Julius Ceasar, of Archimedes, or of most of
the famous people of the ages prior to 300 AD. Apart from the new
testament accounts of Jesus, there are several other accounts
with references to Jesus, A jewish man who ran afoul of the
authorities and was condemned to death for blasphemy.
who was this Jesus of Nazereth? The old testament contains many
prophesies describing events in the life of the anointed one of
God, the Christ. Jesus' life, and actions fulfilled all of these
prophesies exactly. For one to fake all or even most of these
prophesies is impossible. He would have to be born in Bethlehem,
a small town, into the right family, the eldest child, have a
cousin who would become known as the baptizer, live in Nazereth,
be accused of blasphemy, have himself arrested on the eve of the
passover to avoid being stoned instead of crucified, have himself
delivered to the Roman authorities for sentencing, be hung next
to a thief, die quickly enough so as to not have his legs broken,
have a rich man take sympathy on him and have him burried in his
tomb. All these prophesies, no man could have arranged the
fulfillment of, yet Jesus fulfilled these and many others,
exactly. As Jesus said, " All these things have been told to
you in advance so that you may believe."
all the evidence from the Old Testament in the form of prophesy
which has come to pass with a 100% acuracy, not only in the
revealing of the Messiah, but regarding nations, cities, rulers,
and events; one cannot conclude other than divine intervention in
the foretelling of the history of Israel and the Jewish people.
The bible accounts have proven to be so accurate that many
historians and archeologists have come to depend on the bible in
much of their work.
actions of the disciples who followed Jesus, testify to His being
the Messiah. That Jesus did rise again from death is the only
reasonable explaination to the disciples faith in Christ. They
saw Jesus die on the cross. They were in fear for their own
lives, after Jesus death. For the 12 of them , plus about 50
others, to concoct a story of Christ's resurrection, and then
testify as to their faith in the face of certain persecution and
death, as Jesus had predicted; is just too unlikely to be the
case. The boldness of the followers of Christ, testifies that
Jesus is who He said He was, the Son of God, the Messiah, God
incarnate, God in human form. Because of their accounts and
exploits; we have all reason to believe.
said to the disciples,"When I ascend into heaven, I will not
leave you helpless. I and the Father will send you the 'Holy
Spirit'. And He will be with you and help you and teach you all
things." Knowing that Jesus never told a lie, this also must
be true; that God, as Holy Spirit will come and live in the
hearts and minds and will of all those who would profess the name
said,"Ask and it shall be given to you." Jesus prayed
to the Father, "sanctify them (His followers) in the truth,
Thy Word is truth". If you are a non-believer or perhaps a
little dubious towards Christianity, here's what I ask you to do.
No tricks, no strongarm tactics, no manipulation; just you, God,
and His Word. Take a bible, open it to one of the Gospels; either
Mathew, Mark, Luke, or John, and read several verses each day.
Before each session, pray, "God, if your real, reveal
yourself to me in the words I am reading". "Show
Yourself to me as I carry out my daily life."
"Overcome my unbelief."
What's Your Response?