why do you believe in Jesus?

Why do you believe in Jesus?

Why do you believe in Jesus is a question that the Holy Spirit challenged me with during my time of prayer. I ask you the same question today. Why do you believe in Jesus? Is it because He did a miracle in your life? Is it because you saw someone getting healed miraculously? Is it because your prayers got answered when you were desperate for something? Is it because of the many signs you saw which led you to believe that this Jesus is probably real? Here’s a good one. Is it because you have seen that most professing Christians are somewhat good, kindhearted, polite, don’t usually swear, and are most helpful…and so you probably think it’s a good thing? What is the most forceful motivator that causes you to believe in Jesus? Why do you believe in Jesus?

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John 1:50 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe?

John 2:23-24 – Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men,

John 6:26 – Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

Yes, signs do cause unbelievers to draw near and examine the reality of the gospel message we preach, but our faith in Him should not be as shallow as that.

Friends, faith in Jesus our Lord ought not to be for any of the above reasons.  Have you come to a realization of how sin has affected mankind and us? We are sinful people. We think and do sinful stuff……by nature! We don’t even have to try to be sinful. It’s in our nature to be sinful. Even if our actions are not visibly sinful, our thoughts are not the purest at times. Our motives aren’t the best at times. It’s in our nature to be jealous, greedy, selfish, lustful, and proud. 

The Bible says “Everyone has fallen short of the glory of the God. There is not one righteous. Not even one”.

Have you ever felt convicted of something in your life (felt miserable and guilty about it) and promised yourself and God that you would never do it again? You then tried to stop it but couldn’t? You found it to be a struggle, sometimes a seemingly unending struggle? Perhaps a weakness or an addiction? That my friends is because of our deep-rooted sinful nature. That is sometimes also because of the evil forces of darkness that have had control over us ever since we lost our oneness with God. 

So, why do you believe in Jesus?

It is literally impossible for us to live a perfect and pure life with the purest of thoughts and motives. We need to realize that we desperately NEED a savior. Jesus is that savior. Without this realization, we’ll find ourselves following Jesus for either one or all of the above-mentioned reasons.  And when we pray, we may feel like we deserve answers to our prayers, we may feel like we deserve the blessings of God, we may feel like we’re doing everything right and therefore God HAS to bless us or live up to our expectations of Him.  That somewhat sums up much of today’s “Name it and Claim it” gospel message. This also is the reason why most people of other religions try out their luck with one god and if it did not work, they’ll try another and then another and so on, whilst still not dealing with the root of the problem; which is the sin nature in mankind.

The truth is that none of us deserve anything from God. He doesn’t have to answer any of our prayers. He doesn’t have to work miracles for us. He doesn’t have to consistently entertain us to keep us interested in Him. He is GOD, who created everything around us, including us. He is sovereign and All Mighty. Yet in His abundant grace and mercy, He does love us immensely, cares for us, hears our cries in prayer, and provides our needs for us. It is not His will that any should perish in hell eternally separated from Him. Therefore, He made a way for us to be reconciled to Him through believing in His son Jesus Christ. Now, when you are asked “Why do you believe in Jesus?”, you could boldly respond that you were a sinner and needed a Savior and Jesus Christ is that savior through whom you have been reconciled to God – your heavenly Father.

I encourage you to read Isaiah 6: 1-5 and get an understanding of how HOLY God is. Then compare yourselves to Him. 

why do you believe in Jesus?
Why do you believe in Jesus?

Isaiah 6: 1-5In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The LORD of hosts.”

Now visualize yourself in prayer approaching such a God seated on His throne. How do you feel? Proud? Bold? Confident?  I didn’t think so…Even the angels in heaven who are holy, have never known sin, and have always been in His presence had to cover their eyes. We see in the book of revelation that when John saw Him, he fell down as though dead. He couldn’t stand in God’s holy presence. God is too BIG to be limited by manmade idols and temples of worship.

The Bible says, “No man has ever seen the face of God”. He lives in unapproachable light.

Yet in His abundant mercy and love; He decided to rescue us from our sin and eternal separation from Him. However, because He is just, the penalty for sin HAD to be paid. So, God sacrificed His son Jesus for us.  He tore the veil that separated us sinful men from His Holy presence and made the way clear for us to enter into His presence. In the book of Hebrews, we are reminded to approach this mighty throne of grace with boldness and with confidence. That is because we normally are not confident and not bold to approach His throne.  We can only approach His throne with confidence and boldness because of our faith in what our Lord Jesus has done for us.

Let us not water down the significance of what Jesus Christ has done for us or who He actually is., by basing our faith merely on signs, wonders, miracles, and so-called Christian character. Let His power alone not be the reason as to why you believe in Jesus. He is God, the creator, and the very same person we see in Isaiah 6 seated on the throne, living in unapproachable light. Yes, that’s Him, our Lord!! He is not someone with long blonde hair and blue eyes whom you can run and hug when you see Him next. It is more likely you will fall at His feet as though dead in His presence if He showed up before you. 

When we don’t realize our sinfulness in comparison to His Holiness, His magnificence, and splendor, we tend to casually approach Him in prayer with an attitude of “it is our right” to get whatever we ask for. We will never be able to manipulate God by praying and conducting religious rituals to get what we want. When we don’t realize our sinfulness in comparison to His Holiness, we don’t appreciate the free gift of righteousness. The Bible says in Luke 7:47, “He who is forgiven much, loves much.” 

​Conversely, a man who loves Jesus much has realized he has been forgiven much. Such a man’s faith in Jesus is simply based on his gratitude toward Jesus. Both for his forgiveness and for his reconciliation to God the Father. Every miracle, sign, and wonder is then only another opportunity for him to be all the more grateful because he hasn’t forgotten that he has been forgiven much. Every miracle, sign, and wonder will also then be an end result of “intimacy” with the Father in Heaven and with Jesus and serve as a mighty witness to those seeking God.

I thank God for His love because the bible says, “He chastises those whom He loves”. If I get chastised, it is evidence that I’m in His good books. Praise God!! He is my loving Father, who wants the best for me.

So, I ask you again. Why do you believe in Jesus? I encourage you, to not let your faith be shallow based on signs, healings, and miracles. Let your faith not be based on anything that Jesus can give you. Let it not be so because you wanted healing for your sickness and couldn’t find it with any other god, but Jesus.  Let it also not be based on the fact that you enjoy your church or have good Christian friends or even on the fact that you love listening to a certain inspirational preacher or Christian music. Let it not be based on unvalidated claims of healings and miracles performed by some traveling evangelist.

Instead, let it simply be based on the fact that you are a sinner headed for eternal damnation and you need a savior and He is the one. I was a sinner too and got rescued by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through my own Damascus Road experience. I am now a new creation in Christ. Rejoice in the fact that you are saved. Be glad and content with the fact that you now belong to God and are reconciled to Him. You now have eternal life. You now have God on your side. He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. Rejoice and seek after intimacy with Him.

Remember Jesus said, “Don’t rejoice because the demons are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in the Lamb’s book of life”. Jesus rejoiced that He gets to be with us, but we seem to be glad because of the power and miracles we get to see.  That ought not to be dear friends. We need to rejoice with Him because we get to know Him and be with Him and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him, despite our sinful nature. How awesome is that?

No number of miracles, healings, signs, wonders, and financial blessings can replace the true satisfaction, joy, and contentment you get in simple intimacy with Jesus. The Bible says in Mark 16 that signs and wonders will follow those that believe. It does not say, they will run ahead of those that believe.

So why do you believe in Jesus?