For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (ESV)
Believe it or Not
Have you ever heard of Ripley's Believe it or Not column? It still runs in the comic's section of a few newspapers. It's full of interesting facts. For instance it says a dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy sold in November 2016 at auction for the world record of $4.81 million dollars. Believe it or not.
What can you believe these days? Let's talk about Jesus Christ. Can His existence be proven scientifically? No, but you can't prove what you had for lunch scientifically either. But you can have eye witnesses who saw you eating lunch verify you did down to where you ate it and what you ate. It's called the 'historical method' and is based on solid witnessed verifiable evidence. Jesus' life and miracles were witnessed by reliable men and women who beheld His majesty (1st Peter 1:16) and reported what they saw.
Jesus gives eternal life and the Bible says that to receive Him all you need to do is believe that He shed His blood and died on a cross for the sins of the whole earth up to this very moment (including yours) and that God raised Him from the grave after three days. That's all, Just believe (Acts 16:31, 34).
Once you do the Holy Spirit will fill you with His presence (Ephesians 1:13-14, 2nd Corinthians 1:21-22). He is the Comforter that Jesus said He would send to us (John 14:16-17). Christianity isn't some kind of killjoy experience that sucks the excitement out of your life. You will find it is elating as you develop a relationship with Christ and get to know other believers. Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Those who believe on Jesus Christ are loved by Him and the Father (John 14:21). As a friend of mine once said, “Why not trust Jesus? What do you have to lose?” Believe it or not but I hope you believe it.
Ken, attends CrossLife Church in Russellville, AR, www.crossliferuss.com