“Do you believe?”
This question was asked by Jesus to two blind men who cried to him for sight. Their response was “Yes, Lord.” Immediately they received their sight. (Matt 9:27-31)
To a blind beggar who Jesus had healed of his blindness, he asked, “Do you believe?”
But the question was far greater than Jesus’ ability to heal him. For he already had received his sight. The question spoke to his Deity. Do you believe I am the promised Messiah? was what Jesus was really asking.
The man affirmed, “Lord, I believe.” (John 9:35-38)
After Martha’s brother, Lazarus, had died and Jesus showed up four days later. Martha opined that Jesus could have healed him, if he had come earlier. In response Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Then he asked Martha the all important question, “Do you believe this?”
Martha confessed, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” (John 11:17-27)
What do you believe?
Everyone believes in something. It may be a philosophy. Religion. Or creed. Or it may be a person. For 13 years Time magazine has listed the 100 most influential people in the world. This year’s list included the predictable number of politicians–President Barack Obama, Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and Texas Senator, Ted Cruz.
Included on the list were business leaders, athletes and movie stars. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, NBA basketball star, Stephen Curry, and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus all were among those who made the cut and possessed the qualities that deemed them the “most influential” in the world.
Yet, this list will change next year. And the year after. Certain people’s star will fade. Their popularity decline. And their influence wane. New people will grace the cover and finally be replaced. And some years later languish in obscurity.
For me, I believe in the One called Jesus. His star still shines bright 20 centuries after he was born. Kenneth Woodward in an article 2000 Years Of Jesus, wrote, “For believers, he is the hinge of history. But even by secular standards, Jesus is the dominate figure of Western culture.”
Admittedly infidels, agnostics and atheists scoff at belief in God, Christ and the Bible. I cannot convince a closed mind to believe. But an honest and impartial examination of the evidence must at the very least lead one to believe in the possibility that God exists and that Jesus is the Son of God.
C. S. Lewis, an atheist who became a Believer, once wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Lewis’ affirmation reminds me of a quote Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
The eye of faith allows the Believer to “see the unseen.” And to hitch his wagon to a star that provides comfort, demonstrates love, teaches responsibility, encourages goodness and offers hope beyond the grave.
Rick Warren was right when he wrote, “You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”
I believe in the One called Jesus. I believe in His Word. His pardon. His protection. His provisions. His peace. And His promise of a paradise home in heaven.
“Do you believe?”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman