Do you know that faith in Jesus is essential to salvation, freedom from fear, the forgiveness of sins, make peace with your Creator, and attain eternal peace and glory?
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Should You Have Faith in Jesus?
- 2 Jesus is the True Son of God
- 3 Jesus Birth and Death was Predicted Centuries Earlier
- 4 The Savior Choses Death
- 5 Jesus the Greatest Miracle-Worker
- 6 Eyewitness Says Jesus is Son of God
- 7 Jesus Rose from the Dead, Sceptic Convinced by Nail Scars
- 8 Jesus Will Come Back As King
- 9 Do You Want to Live Forever? Jesus Can Change Your Future Now
Why Should You Have Faith in Jesus?
Do you know there are only three certainties in life? The first is birth, the second is living on earth, and the third is death. This is the story of every human being. But this story was changed about 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Almighty God, came into the world to save people from sin, death, and destruction (John 3:16).
He suffered on the cross and took our place to pay our ransom and save us from God’s wrath. He restored our relationship with our Heavenly Father, gave us eternal life and the kingdom of God as our inheritance. This is a simple account of the life of our Lord and Savior, whose sacrifice and death changed our story.
Here we will explore five reasons to have faith in Jesus and believe in Him.
Jesus is the True Son of God
Jesus is the Son of the true and living God and is superior to all creation. He created everything, seen and unseen, in heaven and earth, including thrones, dominions, spiritual forces, powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. He is the image of the invisible God, and everything was created for him. Without Him, nothing was made that has been made, and by Him, everything is held together.
All the fullness of God is in Him, and He reconciled to himself all things, on earth or in heaven, making peace by His blood on the cross.
In the beginning, Jesus, who is called the Word, existed, and He was with God and was truly God Himself.
Jesus Birth and Death was Predicted Centuries Earlier
The prophet Isaiah lived in Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, about 700 years (between 701-681 B.C.) before the time of Jesus on Earth. He told many prophecies regarding the first coming of Christ (Messiah).
In Isaiah 7:14, he talks about how a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son named Immanuel.
He also talked about the amazing things Jesus would do for humanity and how He will be wise, kind, fair, just, and merciful (Isaiah 11:2-4). He also said that Jesus would preach good tidings unto the meek, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captives (Isaiah 61:1).
In Isaiah 53, the prophet Isaiah talked about how the redeemer would suffer for the sins of others.
Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins, and He suffered and died in our place when he was crucified about 2,000 years ago. Isaiah talks about the death of the Messiah in Isaiah 53:8
Isaiah also talks about how Jesus will be greatly exalted and lifted on high above everyone so that the kings of the Earth will shut their mouths because of reverent silence (Isaiah 52:13-15).
These wonderful verses tell us two things: (1) a revelation of the way of salvation known only to God and (2) the fulfillment of the Servant prophecies so astonishingly down to the facts of how Jesus suffered, died, and buried. It also talks about the second coming of Christ and his eternal rule.
The birth and death of Jesus had been written centuries earlier before it had happened.
The Savior Choses Death
Jesus knew that He was preordained to die and will rise again three days later.
Jesus lived a life without sin but took the punishment for our transgressions by His painful death on the cross. He offered himself to satisfy God’s demands for sin to be punished since God’s perfect justice demanded that all trespasses receive just punishment. The ultimate punishment for sin is death, and Jesus chose to die for us as He loved us. Thus, He saved us from the Almighty’s wrath.
Jesus voluntarily chose to die for us, as evident in the Scripture verses John 10:17-18. He also predicted His suffering and death in Luke 18:31-33. If He had not chosen to die, we would be lost in our transgressions and separated from our Creator forever.
Jesus the Greatest Miracle-Worker
Jesus performed many awe-inspiring miracles, wonders, and signs during His lifetime on Earth. He healed the sick, cast out demons, fed thousands of people, walked on water, controlled nature, and raised the dead. However, when the appointed time came, He was delivered to evil men, who flogged, mocked, and scorned Him. His disciples and the people who followed Him ran away in fear when He was arrested. The wicked men tortured and humiliated Him, and made a crown of thorns and placed it on His head. They nailed Him to a cross where He gave His life for humanity.
The Son of God who performed good deeds and glorified His Father in Heaven in everything He did was left alone to suffer a brutal death for our sake.
Eyewitness Says Jesus is Son of God
During the crucifixion of Jesus, the sky turned dark in the daytime (about noon) and stayed that way until around 3 p.m. The whole country was covered in darkness, and at around three o’clock, Jesus cried in a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which means, My God, My God, why have You rejected Me? (Matthew 27:46) (Mark 15:34) The redeemer of the world then gave up His spirit and died.
The army officer (centurion), who was guarding Jesus and was standing in front of Him, saw the earthquake and all that happened, became terrified and exclaimed, This man was a righteous man and the Son of God. (Matthew 27:54) (Mark 15:39) (Luke 23:47)
Do you know that the veil of the temple, which measured nearly 60 feet in height and was about four inches thick, made from blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, was torn into two from top to bottom when Jesus died? The veil separated the Holy of Holies—where God’s presence is manifested—from the rest of the temple where people lived. This reveled that humans were separated from God by sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). Once each year, only the high priest was allowed to pass beyond this veil (Exodus 26:31-33, Hebrews 9:7) to enter into God’s presence for all of Israel and make propitiation for their sins (Exodus 30:10, Leviticus 16).
The tearing of the veil in the temple illustrated that the sacrifice of Jesus and the shedding of His blood was an adequate atonement for sins. It signified that the way to God is now open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile, and the new covenant is initiated, and Jesus is the Son of the Supreme Being (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Jesus Rose from the Dead, Sceptic Convinced by Nail Scars
Three days after His murder and burial, Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection affirmed His work of reconciliation, atonement, redemption, and salvation. Jesus is truly the firstborn from the dead – in that, He was raised never to die again. The restoration of Jesus Christ reiterated his identity as the Son of God, and it was a physical raising of His body from the dead.
When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb where the body of Jesus was kept for three days, a strong earthquake struck, and the Lord’s angel came down from heaven. He rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards shook from fear and fell down becoming like dead men. The angel told the women that Jesus has indeed risen as He said He would. The tomb was empty, and the women went out with great joy (Matthew 28:1-8).
But not all of Jesus’ disciples were convinced at first. Thomas also called Didymus did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus. He said that he needs to see the nail scars in Jesus’ hands and touch them with his fingers. He also wanted to put his hand where the spear went into His side. Only, then he will believe that Jesus is alive.
After about a week, Jesus appeared to His disciples again. Then He asked Thomas to put his hand in the side and look at His hands. He asked Thomas to stop doubting and have faith. Thomas believed in Jesus from that moment onward (John 20:24-28).
Jesus Will Come Back As King
The second coming of Christ is the grand climax of the gospel. God is always faithful to His Word and He always keep the promises He has made. The second advent is the blessed hope of the church, and only God Almighty knows the exact time of the arrival of Jesus. When Jesus returns, the dead in Christ will be resurrected, and the righteous living will be changed and receive new, glorified bodies and taken to heaven. The coming of our Savior will be personal and literal. He will come again as a King with power and glory.
When He was on Earth, Jesus asked His followers to have faith in God and have faith in Him. He told them that there are many rooms in His Father’s house, and He will prepare a place for them. After He completes His work, He will come back and take them with Him to be together forever (John 14:1-3).
We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that He will bring Jesus back again to this world, and we will see Him face to face, living eternally in heaven, with our glorious King and Lord.
Do You Want to Live Forever? Jesus Can Change Your Future Now
When He was on Earth, Jesus said that He is the resurrection and the life. He who has faith in Jesus will live even if he dies. Whoever has faith in Jesus shall never really die (John 11:25-26).
If you have faith in the Heavenly Father and hear the Words of Jesus, you will not be condemned but will have eternal life (John 5:24).
If you want to be a follower of Christ, you must forget about yourself and take up your cross each day and follow the real Savior of the world. You will lose your life if you want to save it. But if you give up your life for Jesus, you will redeem it. You will gain nothing if you destroy your soul and waste your life even though you may own the whole world. Remember, Jesus came into this world to give life and life in all its abundance.
Have faith in Jesus with all your heart and believe that He died for your sins. Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Do not lean on your understanding but acknowledge Him in all your ways so He will guide you to eternal glory.
Have faith in Jesus and be saved. Faith in Jesus will protect you from all evil and harm. Faith in Jesus will cast away your fears. However, having faith in Jesus without works is dead.
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