“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” – 2 Peter 1:16
If someone approached you and asked, “Why do you believe in Jesus Christ?”; would you be able to answer in a meaningful and articulate way? For many Christians, this type of conversation can be extremely difficult. There are multiple ways you could describe the reasoning behind your faith. Would you first detail how Jesus has saved you from your sin? Or would you tell of your personal testimony and how Jesus has proved to you that He is whom He says He is? Take a moment and think of how you would answer such a question.
Now imagine that you have finished describing why you believe and the person now asks, “Well, why do you believe in the testimony of the disciples?” They immediately follow up with, “How do you know that they were truthful in their accounts of Jesus’ life and resurrection?” Would you have an answer readily available or would you struggle to satisfy their doubt? Take another moment and challenge yourself in this.
As Christians, we must have an answer to the very first question of why we believe in Jesus. If we fail to understand the very reason why we place our faith in him, do we even truly believe? I would argue that the two later questions concerning the testimony of the disciples are nearly as important to understand. If we are unable to demonstrate why their words are reliable, then Christianity becomes like all other religions. Christianity becomes a religion demanding that you believe blindly and without question.
If you have attended multiple Friday night Vine gatherings, this might all sound familiar to you! What a wonderful blessing it is that the Living God has given us historical and undeniable evidence in the truth of His Son’s life, death, and resurrection! In short, below are the answers to the second question.
If Jesus’ disciples wanted to create a false religion they would not have…
- Testified that women were the first to see the risen Lord
- Consistently described their personal failures and bickering
- Written about Jesus’ fear of crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane
- Described Jesus’ humiliation and death on the cross
- Died horrific deaths knowing that they were bearing a false witness
Historically, this is what we know to be true. Out of 500 eyewitness accounts to Jesus’ resurrection, not one person recanted to what they had seen. Even if their testimony was to cost them their life! This is most certainly true, people are willing to die for what they believe in but no one is willing to die for what they know to be a lie.