I’ve never seen His face, I’ve never heard His voice like you would hear someone who is speaking to you from across the room and I have never put my hand on His shoulder or held His hand but in spite of all that, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He walked on this earth, that He died on the cross for our sins and that He rose from the dead, just as the Scriptures tell us He did.
Yes, there have been many answered prayers over the years, many of which defy logical explanation other than being possible, only because of God’s direct intervention. And how many times have I messed things up and prayed and asked God to clean up my mess and make right the things I had done that were wrong, not having a clue how He would do it and He has, time after time, in spite of and without, any input from me. My back to the wall, absolute last minute answers, I’ve had more than my fair share.
But there is something greater than these realities that I have experienced. As I read the words that Jesus uttered in the Scriptures, it seems that so many times, I must stop and say to myself, who else would utter these words, could even think of putting these words together, and claim them to be as coming from our Heavenly Father? And the thought crosses my mind, that there is just no possible way that Jesus can be anyone else but exactly who He says He is.
Have you ever read about or heard how some actors get into their part, how they immerse themselves into the character that they are representing, so as to portray an accurate representation of who they are trying to represent?
That is exactly what Jesus did, when He started His ministry, and right up to the very moment when Jesus ascended up into heaven. And who did Jesus represent? Jesus represented His Father. Does that sound like something that a normal person would do or even consider attempting? Remember Jesus telling Phillip that “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). And remember how the author of Hebrews describes Jesus as “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” in Hebrews 1:3.
Then, in addition to the words that Jesus uttered, about Himself being the way, the truth and the life, and that no man comes to the Father except through Him, we have the testimony of the Apostles that Jesus healed all manner of sickness and physical ailments, including blindness, bringing people back to life who had died and commanded the elements of the environment by calming storms, defied the laws of physics by walking on water and was able to feed thousands on two occasions, with only a bare minimum of basic food items. And ah yes, don’t forget turning water into wine.
And then, just for good measure, we have the witness of the Apostles of hearing the voice of God the Father from Heaven acknowledging His Son, the transfiguration and Jesus foretelling of His own death and resurrection and then actually rising again from the dead after three Jewish days, appearing to His disciples for a period of 40 days and His final ascension back up into heaven. And the promise of the Holy Spirit so that He, Jesus, would not leave us as orphans.
You’d think that would be enough wouldn’t you, but there is still more. Every word that Jesus spoke, every thing that Jesus did, came from God the Father (John 14:10). And the part that hurts is that there is still so very much more.
Yes, there are many times when I really long to see Jesus and wish so much that I could hear His actual voice and I know that one day I will, but in the interim, He asks me to have faith in Him and trust Him and His Word and faithfulness now is enough.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!