“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/05/10): Demand #4 “Believe In Me”

John 14:1

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

John 14:11

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

John 20:27

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

John 3:16-18, 36

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son…36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

Why does Jesus demand that we believe in him?  Like in any relationship, trust is important.  We trust that others will come through for us when we need them to….or we don’t.  Trust and belief are only valid if the object we put them in is sound and trustworthy.  Bible translators in the New Hebrides Islands struggled to find an appropriate verb for believe. This was a serious problem, as the word and the concept are essential to Scripture.  One Bible translator, John G. Paton, accidentally came upon a solution while hunting with a tribesman. The two men bagged a large deer and carried it on a pole along a steep mountain path to Paton’s home. When they reached the veranda, both men dropped the load and plopped into the porch chairs. As they did so, the native exclaimed in the language of his people, “My, it is good to stretch yourself out here and rest.” Paton immediately reached for paper and pencil and recorded the phrase. As a result, his final translation of John 3:16 could be worded: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever stretches himself out on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  We need to rest fully in two things about Jesus:  1.) That what Jesus said about himself is true and is accurately preserved in the Gospels.  2.)  Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins is full and complete.  No other sacrifice is needed.  No other sacrifice is sufficient.  We must believe in Jesus.

***  Attached to my Vodpod link on this page is the video “Lord, I Believe in You” by Crystal Lewis.  It speaks of the need for us to have trust, belief, and faith in Jesus.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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