Mar 19, 2012
Sometimes to shake up and strengthen my faith — I’ll ask — “Why am I trusting Jesus Christ?”
This shakes up my faith — because it makes me look honestly at whether I am trusting Him or not.
And it strengthens my faith — because it reminds me of the overwhelming reasons I have to trust Him.
Here’s five main reasons —
The existence of the universe.
Something unbelievable has happened.
Somehow a universe has come into being — with millions of 100,000 light-years wide galaxies, quantum particles, tomatoes growing in my backyard, and you reading and understanding these words.
Design in the universe.
Not only is there a universe, but it looks like it’s been designed — from the earth’s being the exact distance from the sun so it’s not too warm or cold, to the fact that the oatmeal I ate 2 hours ago is being processed into fuel without me even thinking about it.
I’ve never seen things like this arise by chance — they always come from an intelligent designer.
The reality of personhood.
You know that you are not just a blob of random chemical actions and reactions. You are a personal being who meaningfully chooses, communicates, loves, works, and feels.
So here we are in a universe with Design and Personhood. What can explain this?
To me the best explanation is that an intelligent, personal, all-powerful God created everything.
So — can we know anything about this God?
Do we have any reason to think He has communicated with us?
The historical evidence for Jesus.
We have four eye-witness documents describing Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection — one written by a tax collector (Matthew), one by a young man (Mark), one by a medical doctor (Luke), and one by a fisherman (John).
These documents agree that God came to earth in the person of Jesus — that Jesus the man was also fully God.
We can see this in how Jesus worked miracles only God could do — healing a blind man’s eyes (Mark 10:51-52), commanding a storm to stop (Mark 4:39), multiplying five loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 (Luke 9:16-17), and raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43-44).
We can see this in how Jesus said He would be crucified and then rise from the dead three days later (Mark 8:31). And just as He said — He was crucified (John 19:18), three days later the tomb was empty (John 20:2), and over 500 eyewitnesses saw him physically alive from the dead (1Cor 15:6).
So there’s massive historical evidence confirming that Jesus the man was also fully God.
Which would mean that in Jesus we see what God is like, and we learn what God wants us to know.
My experience of God in Christ.
If you met God, you would have no doubt that it was Him.
You would not ask for His credentials — because God is a being like no other — with infinite power, perfect goodness, blazing glory.
God is self-authenticating.
That’s important, because if we are trusting Jesus Christ, God will give us tastes of His self-authenticating presence. This happens as we pray, read the Bible, worship, or talk with others (Hos 6:3; John 4:13-14; John 7:37-38; 2Cor 4:6).
This is the most powerful reason to trust Christ.
So it’s helpful to remember times when I have had a first-hand experience of God —
- when I experienced His love pouring in to my heart (Rom 5:5).
- when I felt His living water quenching my heart-thirsts (John 7:37-38).
- when I sensed His glory revealed in Christ (2Cor 4:6).
When I am doubting
So when I am doubting, it’s helpful to remind myself of —
- the astonishing existence of the universe.
- the fact that this universe looks like it was designed.
- the existence of people with personhood.
- the historical evidence that Jesus was God in the flesh.
- the times when I have had first-hand experience of God’s reality in Jesus Christ.
How does this impact you?
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