I believe Jesus is The Christ—The Anointed One, The One God sent to save us from our sin. Why do I believe this? Because Jesus willingly gave His life in my place through horrific suffering on The Cross, so that I may be sanctified with The Father. Jesus was our sacrifice for eternal life in heaven.
Romans 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus’ coming was prophesied in the OT and He came in God’s perfect timing. Jesus’ mission on earth was to demonstrate acts of great love, and He left instructions (the Bible) that we are to emulate His great love by offering it to others.
If you are wondering how you too can believe, let me share just seven of the many biblical verses with respect to trusting God.
1Many times, in the book of John, we find Jesus speaks and acts just as God would. In fact Jesus claims to be one with the Father—God. So trusting God, the Creator of all things, just as I trust The One who literally gave His live for me, seems natural.
John 12:44-45 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.
2Isaiah was a prophet, one of many who heard God’s Word and proclaimed Jesus’ coming. Isaiah himself knew God’s power and urged others to also trust in “the God of hope”.
Romans 15:12-13 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
3David, the king chosen by God and the writer of Psalm 139, also knew God and trusted in Him. Here, David acknowledges the almighty power of God who knows everything there is about us, even before it happens—something we ourselves have no power over.
Psalm 139:2-6 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
4This promise is not for all, but only for “those who love Him”. Believers can trust God has a plan and a purpose for a life dedicated to Him. This means through good and through evil (because we do live in a fallen world) God desires our trust.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
5God does not sin and is never unjust. Though Job suffered great loss in the beginning of his story, he always had trust in God. At the end of Job’s story, because of his faithfulness, God gives Job twice as much as he lost.
Job 34:12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
6The great prophet Moses, who intimately knew God and spoke with His essence “face to face”, proclaimed God as “great, the Rock, perfect, just, faithful and upright”. All of God’s traits describe Him as the One we are to trust.
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
7God values you, and though you may at times feel worthless, God never forgets who you are. He never forgets His lesser valued birds, so how could He forget you? God created you and desires you to have trust in His being.
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.