Seeing is Believing
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- Pages: 8
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Can you see the black dots? The black dots you see don’t really exist. Whenever you look at one directly it disappears.
We live in a visual age. Seeing is believing! We only believe in what we can see and touch. To believe in anything else is thought to be misguided faith and fantasy – those who are weak-minded have to depend on ‘God’ as a crutch. However, it’s interesting that as soon as life throws its worst at us, we blame and curse the God that we don’t believe in and become bitter towards Him and others.
Deep within all of us there is an innate awareness of the God who made us. Some people suppress this inbuilt consciousness or wilfully avoid it. We are caused to question, ‘Why should God hide Himself from humanity? Why would He not reveal Himself in the clouds for all to see and marvel?’ Although this might seem a reasonable way of thinking, we have presumed that God should think and act the way we want Him to.
God speaking through a man called David in 1000BC said, ‘You thought that I was just like you.’ We try to bring the God of the cosmos down to our level, thus minimising His awesome splendour and greatness. The Bible says that God ‘dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see.’
Let me introduce you to the Man who has changed my life. He lived 2000 years ago. He is the historical figure who split history in two, the Man whose name is either praised or cursed all over the world.
His name is ‘Jesus,’ which means Saviour. He performed many spectacular miracles in His day: healing the sick and even raising the dead! Many people saw these miracles and yet still refused to believe. Someone has said, ‘Seeing is not believing; it is only seeing.’ One close follower of Jesus wanted to put all doubts to rest and asked him, ‘Show us the Father.’ Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’ Now that’s a big claim worth looking into!
Many people saw and believed that this man was the promised Messiah who was to come and save them from their Roman oppressors, but it’s clear upon reading the eyewitness accounts that He was on a very specific rescue mission: He came to save you and me. Jesus Himself said these words: ‘unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.’ We don’t like to think of ourselves as sinners. It makes us feel uncomfortable, but Jesus here gives us a warning. The Bible says that, ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’ Whether we agree with God or not, we stand guilty before Him. For it is when we appreciate the ultimate goodness of God and the offensive nature of our sins that we acknowledge our dilemma. The good news is that we don’t need to fear hell because Jesus didn’t come to condemn us, but to save us.
The religious leaders of the day grew envious of Jesus and handed him over to the Romans to be crucified for blasphemy.
Whilst Jesus was on the cross, the passers by looked up and mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!”
Jesus responded by praying for them because these religious leaders didn’t understand what was happening. He was dying for the sins of the world. He died that we might be forgiven.
The Bible says this:
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’
God has given you a gift, His perfect Son, Jesus. What will you do with Jesus? Will you accept or reject His offer of forgiveness?
‘Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.’
The tomb of Jesus was found empty three days after His death. Jesus conquered death, proving His claims, and offers you the free gift of eternal life.
Some would call my Jesus a crutch, and yet we all choose to lean on something. The question is this: is your crutch strong enough to hold you when your time is up? I choose the living Jesus who loved me and gave himself for me. What about you?
Jesus said Himself, ‘Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.’ Seeing is not believing. Believing is seeing. We are faced with a choice: to believe, or not. Eternity is too long to be wrong about Jesus.
MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE.
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