Why Believe In Jesus?

W. Terry Varner
April 2, 2017

We must have evidence or reason to believe in things sacred. This is true of our belief in Jesus. God desires that we both believe and obey Jesus if we expect or desire to go to heaven after the judgment.

We ask, “Has God given sufficient evidence to believe that Jesus is God’s Son and the Savior of men?” The answer is a resounding, “YES”!!!

All of Heaven Have Endorsed Jesus as God’s Son. When Jesus was bom in Bethlehem, He was acknowledged as God’s Son and the Savior of man by the angels. The angel of the Lord said to the shepherds watching their flocks in the field, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2:10, ESV, emp. added).

Later, when Jesus was baptized, God the Father acknowledged Jesus as His Son. As Jesus came up out of the water of the Jordan River, God the Father spoke, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. 3:17, emp. added). During the ministry of Jesus, He was transfigured on a mountain top in the presence of Peter, James, and John. God said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him” (Matt. 17:5, ESV, emp. added, cf. 2 Peter 1:16-19).

God the Holy Spirit acknowledged Jesus. God told John the Baptist, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain . . . . [T]hat this is the Son of God” (John 1:32-34, emp. added).

The Greatness of Jesus is Proof of His Claim. Gabriel, the angel of God, told Mary the mother of Jesus, that “He [Jesus] shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest” (Luke 1:32).

H. G. Wells made a list of the world’s greatest characters. He began his list with Jesus. We ask, “WHY”? When we read the Bible, we find a list of great characters who humbled themselves before the presence of Jesus—John the Baptist (cf. Matt. 3:11), Jairus the ruler of the synagogue (cf. Mark 5:22), the Roman centurion at the crucifixion (cf. Luke 23:47), etc. We ask again, “WHY”? Consider the following reasons:

  • Time is recorded from His birthday by using the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (“in the year of our Lord”).
  • The first day of the week, our Sunday, stands as a permanent monument to His resurrection from the dead (cf. Mark 16:9; Rom. 1:4; 1 Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10).
  • The Lord’s Supper or Communion is a monument declaring He lived, died, and rose again for our sins (cf. Matt. 26:26-28: 1 Cor. 11:17-334; 15:1-4).
  • New Testament baptism is a continuing monument to His death, burial, and resurrection (cf. Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12).
  • The New Testament, which is God’s last will and testament, is God’s eternal word for man until Jesus returns to judge man (cf. Heb. 1:1-2; 9:15; 2 Cor. 3:6; Heb. 12:21; John 12:48).

Jesus’ Fulfillment of Prophecies Prove He Is God’s Son. There are over 300 prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament which He fulfills. Some:

  • He was the seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15 and fulfilled in Galatians 4:4; Matthew 1:18-23).
  • He would perform miracles (cf. Isa. 35:5-10; Luke 4:16-21; John 6:1-14; 11:1-46).
  • He would be crucified (cf. Isa. 53; Matt. 27; 1 Cor. 15:3).
  • He would be raised from the dead (cf. Isa. 53:10; Acts :29-36).