THURSDAY, MAY 3
“but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,”
John 20:31 ESV
BELIEVING THE TRUTH: BELIEVE WHO JESUS IS
The Gospel of John will radically impact our understanding of Who Jesus is and our intimacy with Jesus will grow greater the more time we spend in it. The impact of our time in the Gospel of John hopefully will be “something like Lucy’s experience with the lion Aslan (the Christ symbol in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia) as she again gazed into his large, wise face. “Welcome, child,” he said. “Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.” “That is because you are older, little one,” answered he. “Not because you are?” asked Lucy. “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” (from R Kent Hughes John: That You May Believe)
The more we grow spiritually the bigger we realize Jesus is. The Bible is not just written to grow our faith in general, but to grow our faith is specific things about who Jesus is and what He came to do. John 20:31 teaches we are to believe Jesus is the Christ, which is another way to say the Savior. That means He died to save us from our sins. And the Bible is here to help us believe Jesus is the Son of God and that means He is divine and not just a good man.
The supernatural signs pointed to Jesus being supernatural. Belief in signs saves no one. Believing Jesus did good things saves no one. It’s only believing Jesus is the resurrected Savior and Son of God that anyone is saved. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The most important question anyone will ever answer is the one Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:15-16, “But Who do you say that I am?” Peter gave the only correct answer “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Who do you say Jesus is? Tell Him in prayer who you think He is. Praise Him for those things.